LLM (Common Professional Examination) Common Professional Examination

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  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.


For Distance Learning Applicants
The distance learning course begins with an induction programme that includes an introduction to using the on-line learning platform – CANVAS, and to ensure that you are familiar with the University’s systems.  The induction programme is designed to introduce you to techniques for the study of law such as using the law library, research methodology, and an introduction to the English Legal System and skills which provides a background on the law-making processes of England and Wales. 

The distance learning mode of study provides the opportunity for students around the world to undertake this course. The course will be delivered using e-learning study materials with on-line support from academic staff. In addition, you will be able to access the electronic learning resources provided by the University’s Directorate of Academic Support (DAS).  Therefore, it is essential that you have the use of a computer with ‘broadband’ internet access. You will also need to set aside time and arrange quiet study space to undertake your studies on the course. 


Exemptions from undertaking the whole course

If you have studied and passed at degree level a few ‘foundation’ modules, you may apply for partial exemption from undertaking the full course programme, see reference to this in the Academic Stage Handbook.  However, where exemptions are granted, so that you do not study the full course programme, you will not be eligible for the Master’s award.  You will only be eligible for postgraduate credits for the modules you have successful completed.

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