Taught course

Law (replacing the GDL) MA

Institution
University of Sussex · Sussex Law School
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification can be in any subject. If you have a non-UK degree and intend to qualify as a barrister, you should also have a certificate of academic standing from the Bar Standards Board.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Are you a non-law graduate looking for a law conversion course to get up to speed with a range of legal concepts?

This course offers you the opportunity to gain a Masters in Law so you’re prepared for many different career options. Replacing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE), this degree focuses on the key areas of the law in England and Wales and provides a solid foundation for preparing for the first stage of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), or training for the Bar.

During your studies, you’ll develop legal awareness and have opportunities to take part in skills training – such as learning how to moot, interview clients and negotiate – while engaging in informed discussion of the law. You’ll also experience some of the approaches used in vocational legal training such as the SQE.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a range of career options including:

  • qualifying as a solicitor
  • qualifying as a barrister
  • undertaking legal research
  • undertaking further study.
Accreditation

This course satisfies the academic component / GDL requirements of Bar training (subject to minimum pass marks and number of attempts). This degree acts as a gateway to further qualification as both a solicitor and a barrister. The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) must be taken by graduates wishing to become a solicitor.

  • This course satisfies the academic component for BSB purposes (subject to minimum pass marks and number of attempts). Find out more
  • This course satisfies the academic component for SRA purposes (subject to minimum pass marks and number of attempts). Find out more

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Fiona Clements
Email
F.A.Clements@sussex.ac.uk