Taught course

Common Professional Examination

University of Wolverhampton · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum qualification of 2:2 Honours Degree from the UK is essential. If your degree is non-standard or an overseas qualification, a Certificate of Academic Standing, from the SRA, must be obtained. There is normally no restriction on the subject matter of your degree. Non standard entrants, for example if your degree is from outside of the UK need to contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority for further details.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM Common Professional Examination is ideal for non-law graduates wanting a fast-track route to a professional law qualification and obtaining a Master’s degree into the bargain!

If you are looking for the chance to change career direction, this course provides the same opportunities open to those who have graduated with a qualifying LLB degree – exemption from the academic stage of training and to enable you to proceed to undertaking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) exams. It is also of interest if you are wishing to undertake an intensive study of the core elements of English Law.

Drawing on the expertise of law staff within the School, the course keeps up-to-date with the latest requirements from the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority , providing you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the field. The course is approved by the Joint Academic Stage Board , on behalf of the SRA and Bar Standards Board .

The CPE is taught over one year full-time or two years part-time, in which case attendance usually involves two evenings per week. You will experience a variety of teaching methods including framework lectures, group-led discussions and debates, workshops, oral presentations and independent research. Assessment will be through examinations in January and June.

Throughout your time spent studying for the LLM Common Professional Examination course, you will undertake lectures, seminars, workshops, use on-line learning facilities and other forms of technology-supported learning to gain knowledge of the legal system, familiarity with its institutions and procedures understand the principles and values in a range of topics extending beyond the core subject areas and have in-depth knowledge of chosen specialist areas.

You should be able to apply knowledge to problem situations and demonstrate the ability to provide solutions; be able to evaluate law both independently and in relation to other perspectives.

Through learned research techniques you will be able to identify and use primary legal sources and journals relevant to topics under study and be able to act independently in planning and managing tasks and demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and technology supported learning.

Information for international students

Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/fees-and-costs/postgraduate-fees/
International students
Visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/fees-and-costs/postgraduate-fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

0800 953 3222