The University of Law

The University of Law

Law (GDL)

The University of Law GDL is designed to build knowledge and skills. Academic training is built around real-life examples and case studies, and students will be given research assignments that directly reflect the way they will work as a lawyer.

In addition its unique Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module equips students with the professional skills they will need as a modern lawyer.

The University of Law GDL is the first choice of many leading law firms and over 30 send their trainees exclusively to us. Our tutors use their practical experience as qualified lawyers to give students high levels of individual supervision and feedback.

Students will develop the key skills they will use in practice: practical legal research, writing and drafting. Students will experience supervised, independent but supported study which reflects life as a trainee solicitor: research, preparation and 1 to 1 supervision.

With the i-GDL, students can study when and where they want and receive regular online support and personalised feedback on their work from a University of Law tutor. Students have access to the same world-class learning materials, including our unique i-Tutorials and webinars, as students on our full and part-time attendance courses.

Entry requirements

A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline, or an equivalent qualification. For intending barristers, this must be a minimum of a 2.2. Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates need to apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers). A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course. Applicants with legal qualifications from outside England and Wales or have studied aspects of law as part of a non-qualifying degree course, may be exempted from certain elements of the GDL. The University is happy to accept applications from exempt students, subject to Solicitors Regulation Authority / Bar Standards Board requirements. Contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority (future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (future barristers) to find out more. Applicants who have completed a degree outside the UK and do not come from a majority English speaking country: a certified copy of any document that proves that they are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the 4 components of language learning; IELTS (academic) a score of 6.5 in all 4 areas; Pearsons academic, a score of 58 in 4 areas. It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure they have a visa covering the full duration of their course.

Course modules

Foundation modules: contract law; criminal law; equity and trusts; European Union law; land law; public law; tort.

Assessment methods

Final results are based on: a 30-minute, multiple choice open book examination on legal method. 2 pieces of independent research: 1 on foundation subjects and a dissertation or problem-based report on a legal subject of the student's choice. 7, 3-hour closed book examinations - 1 for each foundation subject.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening - 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Guildford centre Guildford GU3 1HA South East
London Moorgate centre City of London EC1Y 8HQ South East
Birmingham centre Birmingham B18 6AQ West Midlands
i-mode (Attendance and Distance learning)
De Broc School of Business (London Bloomsbury) WC1E 7DE
Bristol centre Bristol BS1 6HG South West
Manchester centre Manchester M1 4HJ North West
Chester centre Chester CH3 7AB North West
De Broc School of Business (Leeds) Leeds LS1 5HD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Course Enquiries
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0800 289997