Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary.

For non-native speakers of English:

If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6 in the written test.



Applications for the full-time course

You should apply for the full-time course through the Central Applications Board. For details see: www.lawcabs.ac.uk. Please note that the Central Applications Board refer to this course as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). If you have any queries regarding applications for the full-time course, please call 01273 642 571 or contact the Central Applications Board at GDL@lawcabs.ac.uk.

Degree and/or experience:

Students applying for this course must fall into one of the following two categories.


- You must have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution (at least II(ii) standard if you wish to qualify as a barrister). This does not include foundation degrees.


- Applicants with non-standard UK degrees or qualifications obtained overseas will need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing. Prospective solicitors should obtain the certificate from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Prospective barristers should obtain the certificate from the Bar Council.

Months of entry


Course content

Professional accreditation

The programme is recognised by The Law Society and the General Council of the Bar as a Common Professional Examination (CPE) course. This is the principal route by which non-law graduates may complete the academic stage of training to become solicitors and barristers.

About the course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDip)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) is a conversion programme enabling graduates in any non-law subject to convert to a career in law. You can take the course at the end of your degree or use it as a bridge from one graduate career to another.

The course provides you with a sound knowledge of:

  • the English legal system and process
  • those areas of law considered to be fundamental (the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge')
  • at least one other area of legal study as a project - you will choose the topic.

You will develop practical skills in legal research, problem-solving, critical analysis and communication. Classes are taught in small groups of exclusively postgraduate law students by enthusiastic, expert lecturers, who are committed to research and teaching excellence.

Brighton Business School has strong links with the local legal profession. You will benefit from guest lectures by local practitioners and judges, as well as sponsorship and placement opportunities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities, such as mooting, client interviewing and pro bono work. These aid your employability and career development.

There is a significant demand for non-law graduates to enter the legal profession. Their maturity, motivation and expertise in another discipline are regarded as important qualities by potential employers.

You can take the course at the pace that suits you, either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

Information for international students

International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out above should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the University of Brighton's Language Institute.

Fees and funding

UK students
(Full Time Route) £6,900 / (Part Time Route) £3,450
International students
Full Time Route £10,380

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brighton Business School
01273 642974