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So, you’re interested in law courses? They can be quite confusing, so we’ve come up with this handy guide to understanding exactly what each course is, and which one would be right for you. There’s five main legal courses for you to understand and examine, and as well as that, we’ve provided some information regarding the schools and providers that offer these courses, as well as a heap of information regarding your fees, funding and scholarships and some alternative routes into the industry.

The five main UK law courses are as follows: the LLB, the LLM, the GDL, the LPC and the BPTC. You need to understand them all in order to find the one that suits you best. The LLB is the undergraduate law degree which you might attain if you studied law at one of the many universities that offer it around the country. It’s Masters counterpart, the LLM, is a degree allowing you to specialise your degree knowledge into a particular area of law, and is studied full time as a yearlong postgraduate course.

The GDL is a law conversion course, which is for those who have studied an undergraduate degree that was not law. This is also studied full time, and compresses the knowledge gained in a standard LLB into a single year, meaning it’s quite an intense period of studying. The LPC is taken either after an LLB or a GDL, and is the yearlong course which usually precedes a training contract. In England and Wales, this is the penultimate phase before you qualify as a solicitor.

Finally, there’s the BPTC, which is the training course commenced before attempting to gain a pupillage as a barrister. Competition is high for both the course and for pupillage places, but the rewards are worthwhile.

Now you’ve had the lowdown, go explore, and see what course is right for you at the current time in your legal career!

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LLB The Bachelor of Laws (abbreviated LL.B., LL. B. or LLB)

An LLB is an undergraduate qualifying law degree (or QLD - yep, another acronym) that you might take in order to practise as barrister or solicitor.

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LLM Master of Laws

This bad boy is a master’s degree specialising in law or in a particular area of law. When studied full-time, an LLM is usually a yearlong postgraduate course.

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GDL Graduate Diploma in Law

The GDL or CPE is a postgraduate law conversion course for those who did not study a qualifying law degree as an undergraduate. Studied full-time, it squeezes the LLB into just one year.

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LPC Legal Practice Course

The LPC is a yearlong professional course taken before commencing a training contract. It’s the penultimate phase before qualifying as a solicitor in England or Wales.

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BPTC Bar Professional Training Course

The BPTC is the vocational qualification you’ll need before starting a pupillage. It’s tough to secure a place on the course, tougher still to get a pupillage…

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Law Schools Universities & Course Providers

It’s not just the course type you’ll need to decide on, where to study it is a whole different kettle of fish. Here you’ll find profiles of law schools and colleges offering law courses.

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Graduate LLB Senior Status Law Degree

A Graduate LLB or Senior Status LLB is an intensive graduate course designed to compress a three year LLB into just two years. It’s an alternative to the GDL or CPE.

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QLTS Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme

If you’ve already qualified as a lawyer in another country but want to practise in England or Wales, then you may be eligible for the QLTS or Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme.

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Distance Learning

You don’t have to attend university full-time or part-time in order to get a legal qualification. Many learning providers now offer distance or remote study modes for certain law courses.

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Law School Fees

It’s no secret: a legal education doesn’t come cheap. Find out the tuition fees for law courses in England and Wales via our Law School Fees table.

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Funding

With tuition fees for law courses well into the thousands, how can you afford them? Well, there are a number of ways to fund your legal education without reaching into your own pocket.

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Scholarships

The word “scholarship” is music to cash-strapped law students’ ears. There are a range of scholarships out there, so let us take you through some of the options.

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CILEx

You don’t have to go to university to become a lawyer. CILEx offers alternative qualifications that’ll mean you’ll qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive without the hefty student debt.

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LLB
 

LLB

The Bachelor of Laws (abbreviated LL.B., LL. B. or LLB)

An LLB is an undergraduate qualifying law degree (or QLD - yep, another acronym) that you might take in order to practise as barrister or solicitor.

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What next?

> LPC > BPTC > LLM
LLM
 

LLM

Master of Laws

This bad boy is a master’s degree specialising in law or in a particular area of law. When studied full-time, an LLM is usually a yearlong postgraduate course.

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What next?

> LPC > BPTC
GDL
 

GDL

Graduate Diploma in Law

The GDL or CPE is a postgraduate law conversion course for those who did not study a qualifying law degree as an undergraduate. Studied full-time, it squeezes the LLB into just one year.

more
 

What next?

> LPC > BPTC > LLM
LPC
 

LPC

Legal Practice Course

The LPC is a yearlong professional course taken before commencing a training contract. It’s the penultimate phase before qualifying as a solicitor in England or Wales.

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BPTC
 

BPTC

Bar Professional Training Course

The BPTC is the vocational qualification you’ll need before starting a pupillage. It’s tough to secure a place on the course, tougher still to get a pupillage…

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Law Schools
 

Law Schools

Bar Professional Training Course

The BPTC is the vocational qualification you’ll need before starting a pupillage. It’s tough to secure a place on the course, tougher still to get a pupillage…

more
 

What next?

> LLB > LLM > GDL > Graduate LLB > LPC > BPTC
GRADUATE LLB
 

Graduate LLB

Senior Status Law Degree

A Graduate LLB or Senior Status LLB is an intensive graduate course designed to compress a three year LLB into just two years. It’s an alternative to the GDL or CPE.

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What next?

> LPC > BPTC > LLM
QLTS
 

QLTS

Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme

If you’ve already qualified as a lawyer in another country but want to practise in England or Wales, then you may be eligible for the QLTS or Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme.

more
 
DISTANCE LEARNING
 

Distance Learning

You don’t have to attend university full-time or part-time in order to get a legal qualification. Many learning providers now offer distance or remote study modes for certain law courses.

more
 

What next?

> LLB > LLM > GDL > Graduate LLB > LPC > BPTC
Law School Fees
 

Law School Fees

It’s no secret: a legal education doesn’t come cheap. Find out the tuition fees for law courses in England and Wales via our Law School Fees table.

more
 

What next?

> LLB > LLM > GDL > Graduate LLB > LPC > BPTC
FUNDING
 

Funding

With tuition fees for law courses well into the thousands, how can you afford them? Well, there are a number of ways to fund your legal education without reaching into your own pocket.

more
 

What next?

> LLB > LLM > GDL > Graduate LLB > LPC > BPTC
Scholarships
 

Scholarships

The word “scholarship” is music to cash-strapped law students’ ears. There are a range of scholarships out there, so let us take you through some of the options.

more
 

What next?

> LLB > LLM > GDL > Graduate LLB > LPC > BPTC
CILEx
 

CILEx

You don’t have to go to university to become a lawyer. CILEx offers alternative qualifications that’ll mean you’ll qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive without the hefty student debt.

more
 

What next?

> LLB > LLM > GDL > Graduate LLB > LPC > BPTC

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