London Metropolitan University

Common Professional Exam (GDL)

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Rank: 131 (UKEAS)

Location: Holloway


Study mode full-time

Degree: Other

Start Date: 2020/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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London Metropolitan University has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

Why study this course?Our GDL/Common Professional Examination course is one of the longest running and highest rated of all such courses in London. The Joint Academic Stage Board (of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board) has given it special commendation for its exceptionally high quality, including teaching, management and careers enhancement initiatives.More about this courseThe Common Professional Exam will give you a sound knowledge of the seven areas of law considered fundamental by the professional bodies.The course aims to:

  • develop an understanding of the English legal system to provide a thorough grounding in the foundations of legal knowledge
  • train you in the professional skills of legal research, analysis and presentation in a friendly and nurturing environment
  • You may choose your own title for your research dissertation, subject to approval, which gives you the early opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest to you
What our students say"Studying Law at London Metropolitan University has been one very interesting aspect of my life. I have been able to gain the much needed commercial awareness in today's world. The support I have received from the tutors have given me the ability to stand and discuss on topical issues within and outside the United Kingdom. I have also been motivated to obtain an advanced degree. I strongly believe that the knowledge I have received from my studies at London Metropolitan University would enable me to face the challenges ahead as well as contribute my quota to the development of society."National Student Survey 2016


Entry requirements

You will be required to have a lower second (2:2) honours undergraduate degree or above. Applicants who do not hold a UK undergraduate degree must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Council. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS with a score of 7 or more.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.0

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for London Metropolitan University.

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International students

There are an average of 7000 international students at the university from over 150 countries around the world. The International Student Advice Service is available to help with many of the queries and issues these students have ranging from immigration and visas to country specific application information. There is also help with daily life matters through a series of one to one and group sessions as well as with social events to enjoy their time in London. There are also English language skills courses for those wanting to learn or improve their grasp of the language. The drop-in advice centre is found in Tower Building on the Holloway campus. Student life outside the classroom focuses around the Student Union which provides representation, support and advice to its members. It also operates the various clubs and societies while running two social facilities, a bar on Holloway Road and another on Goulston Street which hosts a range of special events. There are also a range of student media opportunities to get involved with including a magazine, radio station, newspaper and a law publication. Clubs and societies range from sports to interest, culture and faith as well as academic subjects and into volunteering and charity work. Students can get involved with the running of the union and helping their fellow students as well as working in the larger community. They can even seek to set up their own group about a shared interest with others.

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