Plymouth University

Plymouth University

Law (GDL)

Students can take our fast-track route for non-law graduates or those with older law degrees. This intensive postgraduate conversion programme is designed to get students up to speed with the essential knowledge and skills of academic law so they can advance their studies and begin their career in the legal profession. The programme qualifies students to go on to take either the legal practice course (to train to become a solicitor) or the bar vocational course (to train to become a barrister/ being called to the Bar). While the legal authorities prescribe the taught modules of study, students knowledge of other areas allows them to bring a fresh perspective to the final research project students undertake in terms 2 and 3. This can be in an area of the student's choice and must be based outside the foundation subjects.

Entry requirements

Students must have at least a 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent from a UK (or Irish) university or a Certificate of Academic Standing issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Council. The degree normally is in a subject other than law, although the programme is also suited to students if they have studied law but not obtained a qualifying law degree, or if their qualifying law degree is out of date. If applicants don�t have an English Language qualification and obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing, they'll be required to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). If the applicant has studied law before it�s possible that they may be entitled to exemption from part or all of the GDL, but still be able to complete the academic stage of training as far as the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Council are concerned. If applicants have studied 4 or more foundations of legal knowledge in recent years it�s worth contacting the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Council to discuss exemptions. They make decisions on any exemptions but we�d be happy to offer advice and assistance in the process of seeking exemption. Exemptions must be obtained and confirmed before commencing the GDL.

Course modules

Modules include: Contract law; criminal law; equity and trusts; introduction to law and practice; land law; law of the European Union; law of tort; legal research project; public law.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a mix of coursework (essays and problem-based case study analysis) and examination in all of the foundation subjects, except EU Law which is assessed by examination only. Before starting the course students study the English Legal System Foundation Course (10 credits, level 1).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 4,913 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 12,103 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 4,913 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Plymouth Site Plymouth PL4 8AA South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01752 585858