Taught course

Common Professional Examination/ Graduate Diploma in Law

University of Sussex · Law

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree enables graduates in disciplines other than law to obtain the legal qualification for admission to professional courses leading to Bar Finals or Law Society Finals.

This distinctive and stimulating full-time degree consists of the seven foundation subjects of law contract, public (constitutional and administrative) law, criminal law, land law, equity, law of tort, and law and policy of the EU.

All modules are taught by combination of lectures and seminars delivered by Law faculty.

Successful candidates will receive a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Sussex. The Diploma satisfies all the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board (formerly the CPE Board) for completing the academic stage of professional legal training.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essay and unseen examination. CPE students are also required to write a 6,000-8,000-word dissertation on a legal issue of their choice.

Information for international students

Please refer to column B on the overseas qualifications table: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/2013entry/qualifications/overseas English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in the other sections. Internet TOEFL with 88 overall, with at least 20 in Listening and Reading, 22 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.

Fees and funding

The University of Sussex offers a range of generous scholarships of up to £3,000 for postgraduate scholars. These prestigious awards are designed to attract the most talented students and recognise the difficult funding climate. For full details of our scholarships, conditions and how to apply, please visit: www.sussex.ac.uk/funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Written coursework / continuous assessment15

Course contact details

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