(Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law)

Entry route to degree-level study

Chance to progress onto a University of London law degree

Small class sizes

On-island tuition

Student Finance Jersey grant eligible

Earn while you learn with part-time study options

The CertHE is designed for those who may not have the required A Level/IB requirements for the LLB Law course or for people who have been out of education for a long time.  

The CertHE covers exactly the same content as the first year of our LLB Law course. So it’s the perfect option if you don’t have the qualifications needed to start on a law degree straight away. 

You can also use this course as a way to dip your toe into further study and studying law, and see if it’s something you want to take further. On completion of the programme, there’s the option to keep going with your studies, by transferring onto the second year of our LLB (Standard Entry) and taking your credits with you. 

Why study with us?

Our CertHE is awarded by the University of London. So you’ll go away with a standalone qualification from a prestigious university that covers the core law subjects, but also opens the door to the next stage of your legal training if you wish to continue. 

Our class sizes – which we keep deliberately small – mean you get a lot more time to talk to your tutors than at other universities. You’ll have the chance to delve deeper into your subjects, and access the focused support you need to gain full value from your studies.

Real-world work experience is another well-known advantage for aspiring lawyers and those interested in related careers. Which is why, if you progress onto the LLB, you’ll be introduced to prestigious Jersey lawyers while studying with us. With our support, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in our mentoring scheme, and have access to work experience opportunities with leading offshore law firms that can be difficult to secure elsewhere.

On top of this, you’ll be based right here in Jersey, so you won’t have to travel far from home to access the high quality legal training you want to take your career forward. 

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Key information


1 year full time, 2 years part time

Fees for students enrolling Sept 2024:

  • Year One: circa £9,250 (TBC)

Part time:

  • TBC

Application deadline:

Friday, 1 September 2024

Student Finance:

Scholarships and bursaries

  • The Institute of Law Endowment Fund provides scholarships and bursaries for students on this course. Please email for more information

How to apply:

  • Apply through our website (links below)
  • You’ll provide evidence of existing qualifications and a supporting personal statement
  • Selection will be based on your application and an interview
  • Interviews usually take place in March (for early applicants), June (for those who apply by 15 June), and September (for late applicants)

Entry requirements:


  • The English common law system (used in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; covering 30% of the world’s population)


  • A solid legal foundation
  • Career-ready skills in critical thinking, research, problem solving, verbal and written communication
  • Great preparation for your future working life
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Where can it take you?

Our CertHE offers you a pathway into studying law, without the qualifications usually needed to embark on this kind of internationally-recognised training. 

At the end of the year, you’ll have a qualification that covers a range of core legal subjects, examined by approved University of London academics. 

If you choose to move onto the LLB, you’ll then receive the additional training and work experience needed to work as a solicitor or barrister in the UK, or an advocate or solicitor in Jersey. 

The LLB is also an excellent springboard into a master’s, or a diverse range of other careers, including banking, finance, public law, environmental law, or human rights.

A law degree will also set you up to work with NGOs, intergovernmental organisations and charities – whether that’s in a leading, offshore legal and financial centre like Jersey, London or Paris, or anywhere around the globe.



Year One

  • Legal System & Method, Criminal Law, Contract Law, Public Law

Learning, teaching and assessment

Studying at the Institute of Law Jersey means you’ll benefit from small class sizes for both your lectures and tutorials, scheduled to fit flexibly around your work commitments and lifestyle.

We’re an approved University of London (UoL) teaching centre. So you’ll have access to UoL teaching materials and curriculum, but with all the benefits of local study support here in Jersey, and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

When you register, you’ll also get access to the University of London Student Portal. You can then access key resources including:

  • The Laws Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with online access to all your programme materials, resources, and audio and video lectures
  • An Online Induction (available twice a year) offering live Q&A sessions on the VLE, study skills, the Online Library and Level 4 modules
  • Discussion forums for each module, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world
  • The Online Library which provides access to over 100 million academic e-books, e-journals, conference recordings etc. You can also request items not held in the library via the library’s Inter-Library loans service with the British Library. You’ll also have access to more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials
  • Lecture Plus: for some modules, you can view a recorded lecture and engage afterwards in a dedicated discussion forum
  • Practice exam questions: for some modules, you can get receive feedback on how you’re performing against the criteria applied by examiners
  • Multimedia module guides: these guides use multimedia resources to break down the topics in each module.

All modules are assessed entirely by written examination. These are held in May/June and October.

Living in Jersey

The quality of life, safe location, and beautiful surroundings make Jersey a fantastic place to live and study – with London and the Continent both easily accessible. Find out more

University of London

The University of London is one of the world’s leading universities, and a world renowned provider of legal education. Find out more



Students from outside the UK or Common Travel Area will need a visa to study in Jersey. Please see our guide to help with applications.

Your accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options on the island – from halls to private rentals. Find out more