Certificate of Academic Standing
Non-standard Qualifications: Do I need a Certificate of Academic Standing?
To be eligible to commence a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE an individual must normally be a graduate (at least of 2.ii standard if they wish to qualify as a barrister) of a UK university.
However, it is recognised that applicants may be able to demonstrate an equivalent standard in other ways:
Those with oversees degrees:
(i) If you plan to qualify as a solicitoryou should make your application as normal, through the Central Applications Board (CAB www.lawcabs.org.uk ). On receipt of your application, Swansea University will assessthe equivalence of your international qualification by reference to UK NARIC
(ii) If you plan to qualify as a barrister you should obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from The Bar Standards Board. Further information is available at https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/qualifying-as-a-barrister/academic-stage/ (Note: there is no need to delay your application until a CAS is obtained, as SwanseaUniversity may be able to offer a conditional place in the interim.)
Mature applicants with alternative qualifications or experience:
If you plan to qualify as either a solicitor or barrister then you should obtain your Certificate of Academic Standing from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA http://www.sra.org.uk/students/academic-stage.page) or Bar (see above).
If you are undecided about your future career, you should obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar (see above). Further information on Certificates of Academic Standing may be obtained from the relevant professional bodies at the above addresses.