The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a full-time, 36-week, intensive course for non-law graduates, or those with appropriate professional qualifications, wishing to either enter the legal profession or work in law-relevant employment. No prior knowledge of law is required. The course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of sound legal knowledge in those areas of law which are known as the Foundations of Law, plus one additional area of legal study. Attaining a GDL qualification can also increase employability in a number of other areas where sound knowledge of the law is advantageous. Successful completion of the Swansea GDL, which is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), satisfies all of the academic requirements for admission to the vocational stage of training as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.
The course is preceded by a 2-week period of directed reading on the English Legal System and the principles of legal scholarship (no attendance required, home study). A four-week induction period follows, (comprising the whole of the month of September), which includes lectures and seminars on the English Legal System, Legal Skills, and European Union Law (attendance required). The foundation subjects of Contract, Tort, Public Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law and Criminal Law are taught by means of a series of lectures and compulsory seminars spanning two teaching blocks. A further legal subject is studied, by means of a supervised research project.
The course employs a wide range of assessment methods, including multiple choice tests, coursework, mini-dissertation and traditional 3-hour, unseen examinations.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip||Full-time||September 2017||GBP 11,000 per (Year 1)||1 Years|
|Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip||Full-time||September 2017||GBP 6,850 per (Year 1)||1 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Singleton Park, Swansea||SA2 8PP||Wales|
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