The University of Law

University of Law

Law (GDL)

Fast track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course, the first step for non-law graduates to become successful solicitors or barristers.

  • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills with training built around real-life case studies.
  • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or our unique Law of Organisations module.
  • Boost your employment prospects by attending our free fairs, presentations and workshops: speak to potential legal employers and gain practical advice.

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

Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

  • Compulsory online pre-course study programme on legal method (50 hours)
  • Development of key legal skills and professional attributes required by lawyers

Foundation modules

Study the seven key areas of law:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and trusts
  • Land Law
  • Public Law
  • Tort

Choose between one of the two following modules:

1. Research Project:

  • Extended essay tailored to you chosen area of law
  • Self-study module with guidance on legal research and essay writing skills

2. Law of Organisations:

  • Legal report on an allocated problem based question
  • Study the principles of contract and corporate law that underpin the creative and running of business organisations to prepare you for practice as a solicitor in a corporate law practice
  • Learn through face-to-face workshops (full-time students) or online (part-time / i-GDL students).

Assessment methods

Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module:

  • 30-minute, multiple choice open book exam on legal method
  • Graded essay (2,000 words) on an ethical dilemma

Foundation modules:
Seven three-hour closed book exams, one for each foundation module.

Choose from:

Research Project module:

  • Extended essay (4,500 words) on your chosen area of law

or

Law of Organisations module:

  • Legal report (2,000 words) on an allocated problem based question

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.

Course fees

Course fees vary slightly depending on which campus you are studying at, or if you're studying online. Please visit http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/gdl/ for details.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning September 2016 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time January 2017 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time January 2017 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time January 2017 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time January 2017 - 9 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time weekend January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Part-time evening January 2017 - 21 months
Graduate Diploma Distance learning January 2017 - 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)
Bristol centre Bristol BS1 6HG South West
Manchester centre Manchester M1 4HJ North West
Chester centre Chester CH3 7AB North West
Leeds centre Leeds LS1 5HD Yorkshire and the Humber
Exeter centre (University of Exeter) Exeter EX4 4RJ South West
The University of Law London Bloomsbury London WC1E 7DE

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