The Law Conversion Course is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the Common Professional Exam (CPE) requirements of the professional bodies including 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.

6 reasons to study here

  1. Established course:
    taught by long-serving experienced staff some of whom teach or have taught on LPC and Bar courses.

  2. Top-up qualification:
    Routes to LLM with the completion of a dissertation in law (subject to grades and dissertation fee).

  3. Career-enhancing:
    Opportunities for extracurricular activities including mooting, judge marshaling, Legal Advice Clinic, court assistance scheme and a programme of law dedicated careers talks.

  4. Great resources:
    All teaching materials supplied including an iPad.

  5. Alternative route:
    The Law Conversion Course is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law.

  6. Specialist focus:
    LSBU law engaged in promoting access to legal education and access to justice as well as protection of human rights.

Transform your career

With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students. Study law in the heart of the capital - connected and convenient, with excellent transport options and a short walk from the Royal Courts of Justice.

Steps to becoming a solicitor or barrister

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.

Experienced tutors

The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors most of whom are solicitors or barristers which provides you with invaluable insight into the details of legal principals and real case examples.

Routes of study

Route 1: Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies incorporating the CPE. The PG Diploma can be topped –up by undertaking a 15,000-word dissertation in the following academic year.

The table at the bottom of this page summaries the key features of the two routes

Route 2: LLM in Legal Studies incorporating the CPE. This course is based upon Route 1 and includes a dissertation module. This route is intensive and demanding as students study for the taught modules alongside work on the 15,000 -word dissertation which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time PgDip 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time PgDip 2 years September Southwark Campus
Full-time LLM 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time LLM 2 years September Southwark Campus


You'll study seven modules required by the professional bodies for students intending to apply for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC):

  • 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

Dissertation for the award of LLM

  • Dissertation (LLM only)


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


  • X8 modules = PgDip + CPE
  • X8 modules and dissertation = LLM


Solicitor or Barrister

This course can lead to one of many careers in law from a professional qualification as solicitor or barrister to a wide variety of careers in both public and private sectors.

While our graduates may go on to join professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, the Diploma is also used for numerous jobs that value skills in analysis, clear communication, efficient organization and reasoned persuasion.


This course is fully recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority and constitutes completion of the Academic Stage of Training for the purposes of further study on either the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course for intending barristers (with additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency).

LLM award

Our LLM routes give added value to a regular CPE (GDL) course.

There are two routes (please visit the entry requirements tab to see our comparative chart) to the LLM which requires you to complete a supervised 15000-word dissertation. Depending on the route you take, you will submit in September of the year you complete all the taught modules or in January of the following academic year following completion of the taught modules. The part-time mode may allow submission at a later point. You’ll not be required to attend class when researching and writing your dissertation and you'll, therefore, be able to enroll on the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course in the September following the successful completion of the PgDip in Legal Studies. Though students should take advice if submitting in January about managing the workload.

DAS Scholarship

In 2017 one of our students was successfully supported to secure a DAS scholarship for the study of the Legal Practice Course.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students.
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search.
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Teaching and learning

The primary aims of the course are to ensure that you achieve a sound understanding of English law covered in the seven foundation subjects, which provides a solid grasp of the structure and operation of the English legal system.

Classes consist of a mixture of lectures and smaller group meetings where exam technique and problem-solving approaches are practiced. The course is well supported by online materials and search resources, which can be accessed off-campus.

You'll have free access to OUP Law TROVE to access books for all foundation subjects.

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 and that you are considered to be suitable to undertake the course.
  • Exceptionally, favorable consideration will be given to those with a third class honors undergraduate degree or its equivalent, after having taken into account the applicant's work experience, other relevant experience, and circumstances together with the applicant's commitment to the course. Please note however that by virtue of the regulations of the Bar Standards Board, students with a third class honors degree or its equivalent are not normally eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course.
  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university and:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  • Competence in the English language is required to be offered a place on the course.
  • 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated August 10, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
8,700 GBP
LLM Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2900; International fee: £4375
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