London South Bank University

Law Conversion Course: incorporating the CPE

Southwark Campus
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Rank: 83 (UKEAS)

Location: Southwark Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2020/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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This accredited conversion course is for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the Common Professional Exam (CPE) requirements of the professional bodies: the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. There are two alternative routes, both of which can lead to the additional award of LLM in Legal Studies.


Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university or its equivalent in any discipline with a minimum of a 2.2 classification or its equivalent By virtue of the regulations of the Bar Standards Board, students with a third class honours degree or its equivalent are not normally eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course. Favourable consideration will be given to those with work experience. If you do not have an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university and: You wish to become a barrister, you must have a Certificate of Academic Standing (CoAS) issued by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) proving your eligibility to join the LLM/PGDLS+CPE. Without this CoAS, progress to the next stage Bar course (BPTC) will be blocked: even though you were admitted to a CPE course and passed the CPE. You are not required by this University to have a CoAS from the BSB to join the LLM/PGDLS+CPE. However, unless you are certain you will never want to become a barrister, you should consider obtaining one before your CPE course commences. If you wish to become a solicitor, your eligibility to join our LLM/PGDLS+CPE course is decided solely by this University considering your academic qualifications and work experience. If you already have a CoAS from the SRA (who no longer issue them), we will consider it if still within its expiry date. If you are not a national of the UK or Ireland or of a majority English-speaking country, you may have to demonstrate proficiency in English. This can be evidenced by an IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

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IELTS: 6.5 (at least 5.5 in each)

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

About this university

International students

Around 12% of the student population are from outside the UK, with around 130 countries being represented. There is information by country on the website for the application process as well as help and assistance. There is an International student advice team on hand to help with matters such as immigration and visas as well as an airport meeting service when students first arrive. The student welcome week include a number of sessions to meet other students and staff as well as finding out about the services on campus and across the wider area. The Student’s Union is at the heart of extracurricular activities at the university as well as offering support and guidance for its members and representing them. It also operates a bar on the campus as well as a number of catering outlets. There are around 45 different societies to get involved with outside the classroom with memberships running from 10 to 100. These cover a range of different areas from culture, academics, hobbies and activities or even faith based groups. Examples include the anime society, the Christian Union, the law society, the nursing society and even the South Bank Entrepreneurs group. There are also volunteering options with the RAG groups and other ways to give back to the wider community and finally, students can also start their own groups should they find a niche where they and their friends interest could be shared with others. Sports clubs at the university all take part in the BUCS leagues against other universities and colleges around the country. There are plenty to choose from whether students are looking for solo sports, team sports or fitness activities. These include traditional sports such as cricket and football as well as newer sports such as futsal, Frisbee and dodgeball. Then there are the fitness groups such as the dance squad and karate group.

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