This guide will help you to understand what makes a qualifying law degree.

This guide will help you to understand what makes a qualifying law degree.

A Qualifying Law Degree is certified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) as meeting the requirements for the academic stage of study. Successful completion of a QLD permits graduates to proceed to the vocational stage of training.

A student wishing to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales usually completes three stages of study and training:

Academic study – Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)

Vocational study – Legal Practice Course (solicitor) or Bar Professional Training Course (barrister)

Professional Training – Training Contact (solicitor) or Pupillage (barrister)

1. What is a QLD?

Our LLB is a certified by the SRA and BSB as a QLD. It is important to recognise that not all distance learning law degrees and LLBs are QLDs. To be approved the QLD must cover the seven Foundations in Legal Knowledge (FLK). We cover all seven FLK subjects in the following modules:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Tort I- Tort of Negligence
  • Tort 2- Land and Other Torts
  • Law of Property
  • Equity and Trusts

If a student studies a distance learning law degree which is not a QLD, the student will not be permitted to enrol on the vocational stage of training until further study which meets academic stage of training has been completed.

I don’t want to become a barrister or solicitor is the QLD a good programme for me?

Yes, the Qualifying Law Degree provides in-depth legal knowledge and excellent transferrable skills both of which are valued in many professions, including finance, business, government and security.

2. QLD for International Students

Many common law countries accept the English QLD as the academic element of legal training but, as in England and Wales, there is usually additional training which needs to be undertaken to complete qualification as a professional lawyer that follows on from completion of your online law degree.

I want to Practise Overseas is a QLD useful for me?

If you wish to practise overseas contact your legal professionals’ regulating body within your jurisdiction and confirm that the English Qualifying Law Degree fulfils academic requirements and confirm any additional training needed.

3. The small print of a QLD

If students do not complete their QLD within 6 years, they will have to undertake their qualification again in order to practice law.
Condoned or compensated fails of assessments in any of the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge are not accepted by the SRA as passes unless they have agreed in writing following a request from the university awarding the degree.


Next Steps

For further information about our QLD course and studying an online distance learning law degree, please visit our LLB (Hons) course page here or contact our admissions team by email enquiries@arden.ac.uk or calling 0800 268 7737. For international enquiries please call +44 2476 515 700

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