University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Law

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDip)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) is a conversion programme enabling graduates in any non-law subject to convert to a career in law. Students can take the course at the end of their degree or use it as a bridge from one graduate career to another. The course provides students with a sound knowledge of: the English legal system and process; those areas of law considered to be fundamental (the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge'); at least one other area of legal study as a project. Students will develop practical skills in legal research, problem-solving, critical analysis and communication. Classes are taught in small groups of exclusively postgraduate law students by enthusiastic, expert lecturers, who are committed to research and teaching excellence.

Entry requirements

Common Professional Examination (CPE)

Individual offers may vary. Students applying for this course must fall into one of the following two categories:
1. You must have obtained a good honours degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution (at least II(ii) standard if you want to qualify as a barrister).
2. Applicants with non-standard UK degrees or qualifications obtained overseas may need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing. Prospective barristers should obtain the certificate from the Bar Standards Board.

For non-native speakers of English: if English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6 in the written test.

PgDip

Individual offers may vary. Students applying for this course must fall into one of the following two categories: 1. You must have obtained a good honours degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution (at least II(ii) standard if you want to qualify as a barrister). 2. Applicants with non-standard UK degrees or qualifications obtained overseas may need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing. Prospective barristers should obtain the certificate from the Bar Standards Board. For non-native speakers of English: if English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6 in the written test.

Course modules

The seven modules which cover the 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge' are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops: legal system, method and skills; contract law; law of torts; public law; European Union law; criminal law; equity and trusts; land law. Project: A significant piece of independent, self-managed research in an area of law other than those set out above. Recent topics have included: ancillary relief; assisted suicide; breach of duty in medical negligence; commercial surrogacy; domestic violence; European copyright in relation to online copyright protection; legal issues in biomedicine (human embryo research and gene therapy); repossession orders; the duty of care owed to mentally ill prisoners; the powers of detention in the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

Assessment methods

All the teaching is scheduled into blocks of 3 hours. Assessment is by means of coursework and/or examination.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,330 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,400 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,330 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,330 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,330 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,665 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,665 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,665 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,665 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,700 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Moulsecoomb Campus Brighton BN2 4GA South East

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