Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Law (GDL)

This course is 1 of a group of professional law courses offered at UWE and provides a focused route of study for non law graduates to enter the legal profession by allowing those who wish to qualify as barristers or solicitors to complete the academic stage of training without having studied an undergraduate law course. The course also satisfies the requirements of Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB). The course is primarily intended to prepare students for a successful transition onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Vocational Course (BVC), but is also of significant value for those considering alternative career options, where an appreciation and understanding of the legal system and basic lawyer skills would prove valuable. Additionally, the credits achieved (along with further study) may qualify the students to study at Master's level. The full-time course is structured into 2 teaching blocks and covers the 7 foundations of legal knowledge, identified by professional legal bodies. An independent research project then enables another area of legal study to be covered in-depth. All modules studied during the GDL are compulsory and represent the aspects of law that are most relevant in legal practice. These modules are divided between the teaching blocks.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 1 of the following: A non-law degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent international qualification; a 'stale' law degree, where 7 or more years have elapsed since graduation; an academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level. If English is not the 1st language, also need to demonstrate their English language proficiency with either a minimum grade of 6.5 overall on the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS) or a TOEFL score of at least 600 (written) or 250 (computer) scale.

Course modules

Pre-course preparation: English legal system. Teaching block 1: Public law; obligations 1 (contract law); obligations 2 (law of tort); criminal law. Teaching block 2: Equity and trusts; property law; European Union law; independent research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment for the 7 foundation subjects is a mixture of coursework (accounting for 25%) and examinations (accounting for 75%), which are held at the end of each teaching block. The independent research project is assessed through the 4000-5000 word response given to each students' allocated research task. Mock assessments with generic and/or individual feedback are given throughout the course to provide the opportunity to continuously improve performance and monitor progress. This may be in the form of written or verbal feedback and helps to develop the skills and techniques required to deal effectively with all forms of assessment.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time £ 6,600 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time £ 6,600 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time block-release £ 3,300 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 6,600 per Week (home fees) 1 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 6,600 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
Graduate Diploma Part-time block-release £ 3,300 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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