The University of Wolverhampton

LLM (Common Professional Examination)

Why choose this course?

The LLM Common Professional Examination, also known as the Graduate Diploma in Law, is the route for non-law graduates wanting a fast-track pathway to a professional law qualification. Successful completion of the course provides you with a dual purpose qualification that completes the academic stage of legal training to progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and an LLM (Master in Laws). This combination is rarely offered elsewhere and may be completed in one year.

If you are looking for the chance to change career direction, this course provides the same opportunities open to those who have graduated with a qualifying LLB (Hons) degree – that gives exemption from the academic stage of training for progression to the final course for qualification as a solicitor or a barrister. In addition, this course gives you the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree in law which will enhance your employability.

Drawing on the expertise of law academics and teachers within the Wolverhampton Law School, the course satisfies the academic stage of legal training required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, and provides you with the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in the legal profession. The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and meets the Joint Statement on legal academic qualification of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Drawing on the expertise of law academics and teachers within the Wolverhampton Law School, the course satisfies the academic stage of legal training required by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Standards and provides you with the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in the legal profession. The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and meets the Joint Statement on legal academic qualification of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The course is taught over one year full-time or two years part-time. The part-time course usually involves attendance on two evenings per week, although day-time attendance would be permissible but will be subject to the University’s timetabling of classes. In relation to the full-time course, class sessions are flexible and can be attended by a mix of day and evening classes.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including framework lectures, group-led discussions and debates, workshops, oral presentations and independent research. Assessments on the course consist of coursework and examinations.

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What happens on the course?

The LLM [CPE] course consists of seven compulsory foundation modules. These are prescribed by the JASB, ensuring that you have the relevant knowledge base in each of the following areas: Constitutional and Administrative Law; Criminal Law; Equity and Trusts; European Union Law; Land Law; Law of Contract and Law of Tort.

The induction which is studied over two weeks provides a background of the English Legal System, including topics on court structure, common law and equity, the anatomy of a statute, the anatomy of a case, and civil and criminal procedure.

Full Time - September start

Semester 1

Semester 2

Core

7LW019

English Legal System and Legal Skills

0

Core

7LW011

Law of the European Union

20

Core

7LW008

Criminal Law

20

Core

7LW014

Contract Law

20

Core

7LW015

Land Law

20

Core

7LW016

Equity and Trusts

20

Core

7LW020

Constitutional and Administrative Law

20

Core

7LW017

Research Methods and Dissertation

40

Core

7LW021

Law of Tort

20

Full Time - January (Semester 2) Start

Semester 1

Semester 2

Core

7LW019

English Legal System and Legal Skills

0

Core

7LW008

Criminal Law

20

Core

7LW011

Law of the European Union

20

Core

7LW015

Land Law

20

Core

7LW014

Contract Law

20

Core

7LW020

Constitutional and Administrative Law

20

Core

7LW016

Equity and Trusts

20

Core

7LW021

Law of Tort

20

Core

7LW017

Research Methods and Dissertation

40

Part Time – September start

Year 1

Semester 1 – Sept. 2015

Semester 2 – Jan. 2016

Core

7LW019

English Legal System and Legal Skills

0

Core

7LW011

Law of the European Union

20

Core

7LW020

Constitutional and Administrative Law

20

Core

7LW014

Contract Law

20

Core

7LW021

Law of Tort

20

Year 2

Semester 1 – Sept. 2016

Semester 2 – Jan. 2017

Core

7LW008

Criminal Law

20

Core

7LW016

Equity and Trusts

20

Core

7LW015

Land Law

20

Core

7LW017

Research Methods and Dissertation

40

Part time January (semester 2) start

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Core

7LW019

English Legal System and Legal Skills

0

Core

7LW008

Criminal Law

20

Core

7LW011

Law of the European Union

20

Core

7LW015

Land Law

20

Core

7LW014

Contract Law

20

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Core

7LW016

Equity and Trusts

20

Core

7LW020

Constitutional and Administrative Law

20

Core

7LW017

Research Methods and Dissertation

40

Core

7LW021

Law of Tort

20

Why Wolverhampton?

The LLM [Common Professional Examination] is a very popular course within the School of Law and is based on the study of the essential modules for entry into one of the legal professions.

In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (“RAE”) the School's average ranking was the joint highest ranking of all new universities within the Region with 65% of law staff ranked at an international level or above.

Mooting and other legal skills competitions provide the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a lawyer. Also, a purpose built courtroom gives you a taste of life in a real court with purpose-built legal equipment and special acoustics.

There are also regular visits to The Inns of Court, Houses of Parliament as well as career talks from local firms, police and other relevant organisations.

What our students think

We pride ourselves on our supportive culture with a large team of support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and support with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.

Student comments:-

"I chose to study law at Wolverhampton because I visited the School and was impressed by the helpfulness and enthusiasm of all the staff." "There are many good points about the course including the excellent teaching, the support provided by staff and the international mix of students. The facilities are also very good especially the Learning Centres."

Career path

Successful completion of the LLM CPE course will mean that you have met the academic stage of legal training and can then progress onto the vocational course for qualification as a solicitor and barrister. Therefore, you will be able to progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to train as a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a barrister. Successful completion of the LLM CPE at the University of Wolverhampton leads to a guaranteed place on our Legal Practice Course .


Although most students who undertake this qualification will go on to complete either the LPC or the BPTC, this qualification does not restrict your career opportunities. The award of an LLM will enhance your career prospects and employability, as the qualification if recognised by a variety of non-practising law and law-related areas in both the private and public sectors. Examples of such career opportunities include working as legal advisors for the in-house legal departments of companies, banks, insurance sector, government departments or other private or public sector organisations such as the NHS. Students could also progress to a career in teaching or continue with the study of law by undertaking a Ph.D.

What skills will you gain?

1. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge, understanding and application of the doctrines and principles underpinning the law of England and Wales.

2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the sources of law and how that is made and developed; of the institutions within which that law is administered and the personnel who practice law.

3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the intellectual, practical and electronic skills and techniques applicable to legal research together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in law, and apply these skills in order to make personal and reasoned judgments in the areas of law studied, including through self-direct.

4. Deal with complex legal issues systematically, making sound judgements and communicate your findings clearly and accurately in English using appropriate legal terminology.

5. Demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of law, critically evaluating the relationships between them.

6. Demonstrate transferable skills for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, independent learning, and the exercise of initiative in complex and unpredictable situations.

Who accredits this course?

The JASB is made up of representatives of the BSB and the SRA, who oversee the course and provide stringent regulations in addition to those of the University requirements to quality control the LLM [Common Professional Examination] since it provides graduates with the necessary qualification to further study to become a solicitor or a barrister.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the CPE/LLM must satisfy the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority & Bar Standards Board academic stage to gain entry to the CPE/LLM

1. Applicants must therefore;

(I) hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by an institution in England or Wales empowered by the Privy Council to award degrees or by a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards before its dissolution on 31st March 1993 or a licence awarded by the University College of Buckingham before that college was granted university status;

or

(II) hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by a university outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which the Society considers to be of a standard at least equivalent to that of a degree conferred by a university in the United Kingdom; or

(III) be accepted by the Society for admission as a mature student; the applicant for such acceptance must:

(a) have had considerable experience or shown exceptional ability in an academic, professional, business or administrative field;

(b) have attained the age of 25 years;

(c) have attained such standard of general education as the Society may consider sufficient;

(d) have satisfied the Society as to character and suitability to become a solicitor; and

(e) have a good knowledge of written and spoken English; or

(IV) be a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives ; or

(V) be a Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who has three years’ qualifying employment; or

(VI) have attained the age of 25 years and hold such qualification in Magisterial Law awarded after successful completion of a relevant course as shall from time to time be recognised by the SRA or BSB; or

(VII) have attained such academic and vocational qualifications as the SRA or BSB considers to be equivalent to a first degree under paragraph (i).

2. In exceptional circumstances notified to and accepted as such by the Master of the Rolls, the SRA and BSB may accept such other evidence of academic eligibility as it thinks fit in the case of a person who completes a course of study for a degree at an institution referred to in paragraphs (i) and (ii).

Students who wish to qualify as a solicitor should obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Students who wish to qualify as a barrister should obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board.

A Certificate of Academic Standing issued by one professional body is not binding upon the other professional body

The university will normally require an undergraduate degree 2:2 or above from a UK university. There is normally no restriction on the subject matter of your degree. Candidates from other institutions will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates must also have IELTS level 6.5. This is in line with the University requirement at postgraduate level.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,020 £12,445

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200
Part time £2,950

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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