Studying for the CPE & GDL Examination
The CPE Law Course (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) as it is otherwise known, is offered by a number of educational providers within the UK.
Studying the Bar Vocational Course through a reputable provider will give you a range of benefits, including more face to face weekly contact with tutors than any other provider (up to 21 hours both off and online) and a flexible approach to learning.
You may choose to commence the course in January or September and can chose your study schedule to suit the demands of your current work/life balance. Tuition is available in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, on weekdays or at the weekend; whichever is most convenient for the student.
You will be allocated a devoted tutor for the duration of the programme which is taught through a one hour tutorial and a 1 hour lecture per week. All of the study materials and course content is available online to allow for easy revision and consolidation, and weekly refresher sessions will be held to determine any areas of difficulty.
The CPE/GDL Course Structure & Syllabus
In addition to the seven compulsory elements of the CPE/GDL programme, you are required to study:
• Contract Law
• The Law of Tort
• Constitutional Law
• Land Law
• the Law of Equity and Trusts
• Criminal Law, and
• EU Law
BPP Learning is a provider in the UK that offers a range of specialist elective topics which are available on demand including:
• Evidence and Forensics
• Intellectual Property Law
• International Law
• Law in the City, and
• Company Law
Because these subjects are provided on an ad hoc basis and are not a compulsory element of the CPE/GDL qualification, there is no access to past examination papers or specimen worked examples available. If you are selecting one of these topics, then you will be adequately schooled and tutored as part of their BPP course.
The assessment for the compulsory elements of the course is evaluated through:
• one exam per module
• one piece of coursework
• a statute analysis test
• a case analysis test
• a multiple choice test on the English legal system, and
• the independent research essay
Why Choose to Follow the Law in the City Elective?
It seems that not a day passes without the media alerting us to another scandal affecting the banking sector or the money markets. If you are entering the legal profession with a view to practicing within commercial or international law, the Law in the City elective will provide an excellent additional 'string to their bow' when it comes to applying your legal knowledge within your chosen environment.
Following an invitation from the Deputy Governor of The Bank of England, Paul Tucker, Professor Alan Riley from the City Law School gave an interview to the BBC World Service about the possible implications of the recent Libor rate fixing scandal. Professor Riley, whose expertise is in Competition Law, told the programme, "It is difficult to underestimate the potential impact of the scandal on the financial markets".
The Libor rate is a central function used for 400 trillion dollars of financial products globally and any fixing would be considered as 'prima facie criminal price fixing' by the US authorities who could seek the extradition of any London based executives implicated in the scandal. Professor Riley went on to explain that the US antitrust measures had proven to be much more effective than the UK who had failed to secure any convictions under section 188 of The Enterprise Act 2002 (The Cartel Offence) for price fixing; whereas the US had successfully handed down over 25,000 prison days (in 2009).
Useful CPE/GDL Information
To be eligible to follow one of the BPP law courses in London, you must be in possession of one of the following;
• a non-Law UK degree (minimum 2:2)
• an overseas Law degree
• a non-qualifying Law degree, or
• be a non-graduate with extensive managerial experience
As BPP Learning are also one of the appointed BPTC providers in the UK, candidates who have successfully completed their CPE/GDL could continue their studies and follow the Bar Professional Training Course to commence their progression towards becoming a Barrister.
You have the option of studying on a full-time or part-time basis with BPP Learning. Fees for the programme in Dublin, Leeds, Liverpool or Manchester start from £7,510, for study in Birmingham, Bristol or Cambridge from £7,620, and in London from £9,400. Distance learning applications are also available from £9,400.