Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE Graduate Diploma

This highly valued qualification is primarily intended for non-law graduates planning to enter the legal profession. Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the course will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities and further study.

After completing the course, you can continue your studies on BU’s Legal Practice Course (LPC), the vocational stage of training for solicitors. Alternatively, if you’re interested in qualifying as a barrister, you can seek advice on the Bar Vocational Course from barristers in the law team. 

  • Acquire knowledge of the foundation law subjects and of the English Legal Systems and processes required by The Law Society and The General Council of the Bar
  • Develop the ability to analyse legal problems and provide a range of solutions to them 
  • Gain a critical understanding of contemporary legal issues and develop the ability to synthesise and challenge legal doctrines and concepts
  • Research and write a paper on a further area of law that interests you, and that you may wish to pursue in the future.
  • Benefit from a focused learning environment and individual support from our experienced academic staff, whose education is informed by their professional qualifications and experience as well as their research and publication interests. 
  • Graduate able to proceed to the vocational stage of legal education.
Graduate Diploma Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

The normal requirements for embarking on a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

  • Applicants without a UK or Republic of Ireland Honours degree must either have
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications (involving at least 3 years full time study) or
  • Meet the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority/ The Bar Standards Board for entry as a mature student or
  • Equivalent academic or vocational qualifications that meet the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority/ The Bar Standards Board.

For further information on the entry requirements please see the following regulators' web pages:

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • The Bar Standards Board

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact our Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.

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