Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


The course is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). It is designed to meet the requirements and needs of these governing bodies while also providing by way of the additional legal subject, a chance to broaden your legal interests. You will become highly skilled, knowledgeable and well equipped to study on a Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and ultimately qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Our Law School staff include research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services and internationally established leading experts in their field. The course is presented via a mix of Large Group Sessions (LGS) and Small Group Sessions (SGSs)/workshops. The LGSs provide opportunities for tutors to introduce legal topics, with opportunities for much more in depth discussion and analysis in SGSs/workshops. The format of SGSs/workshops will vary according to learning outcomes, with some being tutor led, while others may be student led. Seminars, role-plays and presentations also may be used where appropriate. Directed study and reading will also play a role in the learning experience. We encourage you to develop a learning atmosphere, which is friendly and supportive. You will be actively encouraged at a very early stage to form study groups and support networks. Teamwork is an important part of the GDL ethos here at LJMU, both amongst students and between students and staff. The Course Leader and GDL teaching team operate an 'open door' policy and you will be supported by Pastoral and Careers Tutors and Personal Tutors. Help and Guidance are at hand throughout the course as we put you at the heart of everything we do. To this end we welcome feedback on all aspects of the course so that we can continue to develop and improve the programme.

Entry requirements

You should have or expect to obtain a degree from a recognised University or equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level above. Exceptionally, the requirements of a second class honours degree may be waived where past experience has made you suitable for the GDL programme. International students and other non-standard applications will require a certificate of academic standing from either the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) or the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Course modules

The course objective is to deliver the seven foundations of legal knowledge integral to a career in law, namely: public law (constitutional and administrative law and human rights); law of the european union; criminal law; contract; tort; property law; equity and trust; english legal system; legal research.

Assessment methods

The foundational subjects are formally assessed by means of an examination, however, students will have ongoing informal assessment throughout the duration of the programme in preparation for the examinations. Assessment for the supporting and additional legal subjects will be via coursework/presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

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