25 September 2018

Academic Stage

The completion of academic requirements will provide students with the required legal knowledge upon which to undertake vocational requirements.

Academic requirements must be completed prior to the commencement of vocational training, and can be fulfilled by the completion of either:

  • a qualifying law degree (QLD); or
  • a degree in any other subject, supplemented by:
    • the Common Professional Examination (CPE); or
    • an approved Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course.

The CPE and GDL are graduate courses which non-law graduates may undertake in order to be eligible to apply for the Vocational Stage of training.

A QLD, CPE or GDL must meet the requirements of the Joint Statement to be deemed to fulfil academic requirements. Key requirements of the Joint Statement include:

  • legal research skills, the English legal system and another area of legal study;
  • the foundations of legal knowledge. These are:
    • Public Law (including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights);
    • Law of the European Union;
    • Criminal Law;
    • Obligations (including Contract, Restitution and Tort);
    • Property Law;
    • Equity and the Law of Trusts.

Qualifying law degrees and non-law degrees must be awarded at a minimum 2:2 UK Honours.

Professional qualifications will not be accepted in lieu of the requirements stated above.

Copies of the CPE and GDL Handbooks, and a list of CPE and GDL courses, are available on the Central Applications Board website.

If you have any questions about academic requirements, please email authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk