How to make your graduate diploma in law (GDL) application
All GDL applications are made online with the Central Applications Board via www.lawcabs.ac.uk.
Once registered, students be able to access the application form with ten sections:
- Personal details (1): basic contact details.
- Personal details (2): nationality, English speaking ability and whether any special requirements would be required for your application.
- Law details: identifying which career path you wish to pursue (solicitor, barrister or undecided) and if you have taken any legal training modules in the past exempting you from some parts of the GDL.
- Institution choice: you are able to select up to three GDL course providers, with a further option of selecting one of three start dates, depending on the course.
- Qualifications: a list of all your qualifications from A levels upward; you will need to add a transcript if you are qualifying from a law degree abroad, or if your UK undergraduate degree was over four years ago.
- Employment: basic details about any previous employment history.
- Other information: actually a personal statement explaining your choice of institution (identifying your first choice, not all three). The box will allow up to 10,000 characters, including spaces. It is suggested that you include details on why you are applying for the course; what interests you about the course; what motivates you in a more general sense; your goals in terms of your future career; your skills and achievements; your hobbies and your further details about your work experience. Whatever you include should clearly relate to the course in some manner.
- Course fee payer: detailing whether it is you, your parents or guardian, your training contract provider or your future employer who will be paying.
- Reference request: details of your referee, who will be asked about your commitment to law and academic achievements.
- Declaration: confirming that everything you have filled in is accurate and true.
You must remember to save your personal statement before clicking the ‘Next’ button to the course fee payer page, as otherwise this will be lost.