University of Sussex

University of Sussex


The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Sussex is an academically rigorous course that provides a respected legal qualification, and can set you on the road to qualification as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional. This is a highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track qualification, which meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Most of the teaching staff are research active experts, so you are exposed to the most important, current and relevant developments in the field. With a typical student to GDL teaching staff ratio of 4:1, you are well supported throughout your studies. The Sussex GDL offers the rare opportunity to undertake a year-long dissertation project. This allows you to research and write in-depth about a subject of your choice, with support and advice from your supervisor and the course team. You also have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as client interviewing, mock trials, mooting and negotiating. These enable you to hone your legal practice skills, and give you the chance to enter national and international competitions where you will widen your professional network.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree.

Course modules

Core modules: criminal law; dissertation; equity and trusts; introduction to English legal system; land law; law and policy of the European union; public law; self-development and legal education; the law of contract; the law of tort.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed mainly through a mix of unseen exams, essays and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 8,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

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