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Brunel Law School

CPE / Graduate Diploma in Law The CPE/Graduate Diploma is an accelerated one-year course specifically designed for non-Law Graduates, as well as Lawyers from other legal jurisdictions, who want to gain a solid grounding in English & Welsh Law. With its comprehensive academic and professional exemptions, the programme offers its graduates direct entry to professional training as solicitors or barristers, as well as a qualification that is widely respected by employers. Our experienced lecturers, all active researchers and experts in their fields, teach cutting edge content in small classes that allow plenty of room for personalised tuition and in-depth discussion. By completing this course you will be well-equipped to pursue a legal career, operate in the UK jurisdiction or deal with the legal issues you encounter in your non-legal job, whether in business, industry, commerce or public services.

Tobvias Edvardsson Lawyer at the Stockholm law firm Lindahl in Sweden

The thing I most liked was the dedication and commitment of the teachers. That drive helped me to get started and stay focused, which I much needed as a foreign student. The ambience was relaxed and I felt all the time that I could ask for help if needed. Now, I use the qualification and experience routinely in my work. About eighty five percent of the agreements I write or negotiate are in English and many with one of the parties being established England. My plans for the future are to stay at the law firm Lindahl, which is one of the main law firms in Sweden, to become a partner and focus even more on IT law, especially outsourcing, cloud computing and software licensing.

Course structure

Core modules

36-week full-time taught programme, commencing September. Course includes induction and 8 core modules. There is a 2-week exam period in May, leading to the qualification.

The course covers the following areas of English and Welsh law: •

Contract law

Criminal law

Public law

The course


EU law

The CPE / Graduate Diploma syllabus combines practical training in legal skills such as research and evidence with in-depth tuition in the key areas of English and Welsh Law.

Land law



The course is highly regarded by the professional bodies, who grant significant exemptions, as well as by legal and non-legal employers looking for individuals with a solid, practical knowledge of the law.

Getting off to the right start Delivered by an experienced CPE lecturer, this thorough 2-week induction programme provides supervised study, an introduction to legal research and a short course in English Legal Institutions and Methods. This ensures you have the general context and skills you need to get the most from your course. It is just the start of the close academic support we will offer you throughout your time at Brunel Law School.

Employability Career opportunities for graduates are wide-ranging. You may take advantage of your professional exemptions and train to become a barrister or solicitor, but your graduate diploma could take you into careers other than law, including industry, commerce, public administration and the social services. In addition, the course has been attractive to law graduates from other jurisdictions who wish to acquire a through grounding in the common law of England and Wales, in order to facilitate international practice from their own jurisdiction.

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Studying at Brunel Law School In the last RAE in 2008, 50% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, and all of our academic staff were included in the submission (in the 1996 RAE, we were rated 4A, and in the 2001 RAE 5A). This classes our research as internationally recognised and underlines our position as a rapidly growing centre of research excellence. It is this constantly developing body of knowledge that we apply to our teaching, within a rigorous but informal environment that has attracted students from many countries of the world.

Kathryn Richmond Trainee Barrister, London

Before Brunel, I studied for a BA (Hons) Philosophy with Cultural Studies at St. Mary’s College, University of Surrey. Brunel attracted me for the CPE because of its diverse environment, good value, convenient location, and in-depth teaching to a University standard compared to other, business-based providers. I found the CPE to be intense, but rewarding. I am now studying the BPTC at BPP, after which I have a legal internship in Jersey for the summer and am aiming for a pupillage in 2012 at commercial law Chambers somewhere in the UK.

See further profiles at postgraduate/cpe-in-law: Louise Ahmad, paralegal and trainee solicitor in London Simeon Muir, trainee barrister in London Charles Olubokun, LLM graduate and PhD-candidate at Brunel

As part of the Brunel University community, we can offer you superb on-campus accommodation, Olympic standard sports facilities and a strong support system, including a dedicated service for international students. Located 40 minutes by tube train from Central London, we have an excellent location too from which to explore and enjoy the big city.

Entry requirements 2.I (in a discipline other than law unless the degree is a foreign law degree or a BA or a mixed degree). Applicants with a 2.II may also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 * TOEFL: 92 * BrunELT: 65%. Please contact us for detailed requirements and acceptable equivalents.

To apply Applicants must apply through the Central Applications Board, which is external to the University. For more information and to apply, see Pages/CPE/cpeDetails.aspx

Fees Please refer to our website for up-todate fees information: www.brunel.

Additional Information For enquiries, please contact Miss Celia Hatton, Programme Administrator Tel: +44 (0)1895 265464 Fax: +44 (0)1895 269875 Email: Contact the course director, Dr Gerard Conway at For more information please visit our website: law/postgraduate-study/cpe

Mature applicants (age 25 or over) without a degree and overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications are also eligible.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this brochure and the University will take all reasonable action to deliver these services in accordance with the descriptions set out in it. However, the University reserves the right to vary these services, using all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. All costs, rates and prices stated in this brochure are subject to amendment and should be taken as a guide only.

Gilles Ponchon, French law graduate

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CPE/Graduate Diploma Course Brochure  

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