London South Bank University

London South Bank University

Legal Studies (CPE)

This is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the requirements of the professional bodies including the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. On successfully completing the CPE you are eligible to enter the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for intending barristers), which has some additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency.

Entry requirements

Degree in any subject at a minimum of 2.2; 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 English is not your first language: IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or advanced grade C.

Course modules

Introduction to the English legal system; law of the European Union; obligations 1 (law of contract); obligations 2 (law of tort); public law; land law; criminal law; equity and trusts; project module; and for the LLM: dissertation.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed by exams, exams plus coursework or presentations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time - 10 months
PgDip Full-time - 10 months
LLM Full-time - 12 months
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time - 20 months
PgDip Part-time - 20 months
LLM Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Southwark Campus Kensington and Chelsea SE1 0AA South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
0800 923 8888