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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential for all practicing solicitors and barristers in the UK. The Dickson Poon School of Law is an accredited CPD course provider by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), offering a range of courses which will develop your knowledge as a practitioner to enhance and update your current skills.

Each course is worth at least 20 CPD hours which should fulfil your annual requirement for the BSB. Courses are available in a wide variety of areas catering for a vast array of practitioner needs.

There is a 10% fee discount available for King's alumni wishing to attend any of the courses.

Modules Available

Our Master of Laws (LLM) modules are available as courses for practitioners to take as an auditor. You will not sit an exam or be required to submit any coursework. Please note places on each course are limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

For an overview of the LLM modules currently on offer, please see the Online Prospectus.  Please note that module availability is currently under review and will finalised in early August.

If you are interesting in applying to audit an LLM module please email the following address - - with your contact details, educational and employment history and a short motivation statement. 

Semester Dates and Fees
  • Semester 1 

22 Sept - 12 Dec 2014

  • Christmas holiday

16 Dec 2014

  • Semester 2

05 Jan - 27 Mar 2015

  • CPD Fees
 Full module  £2800 (£2520 for KCL alumni)
 Half module  £1400 (£1260 for KCL alumni)
Additional Info
  • You will receive a username and password for access to all online material associated with your course. You will also be provided with a King’s College London ID card for the duration of your course which will give you access to the vast array of resources available at the Maughan Library.
  • You are not required to sit exams or submit any coursework. However, you are expected to prepare for classes and participate in discussions as appropriate.
  • A letter confirming your attendance will be provided upon completion of the course. You will be registered at each meeting to ensure the correct number of hours attended is detailed in your letter.
  • CPD courses cannot be accumulated to receive an LLM.
  • Places on each course are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
  • All courses are taught at Master’s level. In order to cope with the demands of the course, you should be a practising solicitor or barrister or have a relevant first degree.
  • All courses are subject to change and The Dickson Poon School of Law is unable to guarantee all advertised courses will be available.
  • Refunds are available within the first three weeks of the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to reimburse students who can no longer attend the course after the first three weeks. In some exceptional cases, it may be possible to transfer enrolment to a nominated person but this is at the discretion of the course leader.
  • These courses are accredited by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for Continuing Professional Development for barristers in the UK. For the New Practitioner Programme, these courses can account for up to 33 hours of the total 45 hours CPD requirement. For the Established Practitioners Programme, these courses can account for the full 12 hours required annually.
  • Until accreditation has been granted by the SRA, these courses can be recorded by solicitors as “non-accredited courses” which can account for 75% of your annual CPD requirement.
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