THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW

Graduate diploma in law(GDL)

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Fast-track your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, your first step into law if you have already completed a non-law undergraduate degree.

Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, and building your career in another discipline, you will have gained many transferable skills. By choosing law at a later stage than some others, you are showing motivation and determination to pursue a new career. Employers actively seek candidates with these benefits.

 

Our structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with lectures*** and practical workshops to develop your legal skills. Our reputation for teaching excellence is highlighted by our Gold ranking from the UK Government led Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) for consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Programme description

Fast-track your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, your first step into law if you have already completed a non-law undergraduate degree.

Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, and building your career in another discipline, you will have gained many transferable skills. By choosing law at a later stage than some others, you are showing motivation and determination to pursue a new career. Employers actively seek candidates with these benefits.

 

Our structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with lectures*** and practical workshops to develop your legal skills. Our reputation for teaching excellence is highlighted by our Gold ranking from the UK Government led Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) for consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Key Modules

Here are just some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor or barrister:

  • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through small group workshops and problem-based learning 

  • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or our unique Law of Organisations module^    

  • With our structured study pattern, foundation module assessment and teaching is spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semester.  

  • Flexible study - choose to study at one of our locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time evening and weekend courses and online (i-GDL).  

  • Access award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract and pupillage applications
Module & Subject
Pre-course study 

Before you start your GDL you will need to complete our online pre-course study programme on legal method, designed specifically to prepare you for the GDL, so you're up to speed when you arrive.

 

Our online pre-course study programme in legal method is a compulsory and integral part of the GDL and must be completed before you start the course. It has been designed to allow you to work at your own pace and should take you approximately 50 hours to complete.

GDL modules

The course is divided into nine modules, made up of seven foundations subjects, a module at the start of the course providing insight into the profession and a choice of module enabling you to study an area of law that you would like to specialise in.

Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

This unique module taken at the start of the course includes: 

  • Insight into the different areas of the legal profession
  • Consideration of the role of legal ethics within the profession
  • Development of key legal skills and professional attributes required by lawyers

 

 

Foundation subjects

You’ll then study the seven key areas of law:

 

 

  • Public law
  • European Union law
  • Criminal law
  • Tort
  • Contract law
  • Land law
  • Equity and trusts

Choose* between one of the following modules:

Research Project module

In this module you will plan, research and write an essay, tailored to reflect the area of law in which you intend to specialise. You will have time dedicated in your timetable to undertake this work and detailed guidance on both legal research and legal essay writing skills.

Law of Organisations module

This module is for students intending to practice as a solicitor in a corporate law practice and is offered as an alternative option to the Research Project module. In this module you will study the principles of contract and corporate law that underpin the creation and running of business organisations. The module will develop your legal research skills in this area resulting in the preparation of a legal report on an allocated problem based question. On the full-time course, this module will be taught through face-to-face workshops and on the part-time course this module will be studied online. 

Entry Requirements

International Foundation Programme, Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate Certificate 50% or GPA 3.0 or B
2 year accelerated LLB, 3 year LLB degrees, & i-LLB - Higher Secondary School certificate 80% or GPA 5.0
4 year LLB degrees with Foundation year - Higher Secondary School certificate 70% or GPA 4.0Overall band score of 6.5 with no one component below 6.0.

 

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  11270.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)-(15,November)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  london
Intake Deadline
JANUARY
SEPTEMBER