The Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law is a qualification in its own right that also provides an alternative entry route to degree study. The subjects studied in the Certificate are the same as the first four Intermediate subjects of the LLB. It is NOW being offered by the Pakistan College of Law, which has been given Certificate teaching status by the University of London International Programmes.

This qualification is for you if:

You have the ability, motivation and maturity to study at degree level, but do not have the
qualifications usually required to enter a degree programme

You have the necessary qualifications to embark on a degree programme, but would prefer a
programme with more teaching support

You intend to take a degree programme but would like to gain a recognized qualification after
one year.

Features of the Certificate:

You can secure a widely recognized law qualification in some of the core legal subjects without committing to the full LLB programme but with the option to go on to the full LLB programme

You can complete the Certificate in a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years

The Certificate is examined according to the same standards as applied to campus-based students studying the LLB, so you will need to satisfy the examiners in all four subjects in order to be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law

You must register with a Certificate-teaching institution; you cannot study the Certificate independently.

Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law structure:

Common law reasoning and institutions
Criminal law
Elements of the law of contract
Public law
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Your teaching institution will also provide classes in study skills and, where necessary, additional English language support.

You will be expected to have undertaken research exercises and made extensive use of online library resources.

An entry route to degree study:

Once you have successfully completed three of the four Certificate subjects in one sitting, you may transfer to Year 2 of the LLB degree. Full details on transfer are given in the current LLB Regulations. A number of British universities recognize the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law as a possible basis for entry as a campus-based student on the second year of a degree programme.

How to apply for the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law:

Applications for the Certificate must be submitted through the Pakistan College of Law and not to the University of London  International Programmes directly. Full details about the Certificate, including entrance criteria, syllabuses and application forms should be obtained from the Admissions Office of the College.