Graduate Diploma in Law
School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
Our award-winning teaching is informed by our world-class research in law and criminal justice. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.
About the course
|September 2016 start||
Course description 2016
Most of the teachers on the GDL are former solicitors who also teach on our Legal Practice Course (LPC). They're supported by academics with expertise in relevant areas.
There are regular seminars and talks with professionals, including barristers and judges who studied here. We also run practice interviews to help you prepare for training contract interviews with law firms.
Our Bar Society organises trips to the Inns of Court. Members of the judiciary give advice on joining the bar.
You're welcome to take part in either of our two pro bono schemes: the FreeLaw drop-in centre for the public and the Innocence Project, which investigates cases of wrongful imprisonment.
This intensive one-year conversion course, for non-law graduates or those who have a law degree from another country, will teach you how to marshal large amounts of complex information, how to write, how to carry out legal research and how to give an effective presentation.
With this course you can fast-track your way to the next stage of legal training to become either a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales.
1 year full-time
|September 2017 start||
Course description 2017
Also known as the Common Professional Exam, this is a one-year conversion course for non-law graduates or those who have a law degree from another country.
You can fast-track your way to the next stage of legal training to become either a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales.
Teaching and assessment
You’ll attend seminars and be assessed by examination.
1 year full-time
Minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in any subject, but we’ll consider each application on its own merits.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Apply online through the Law Central Applications Board.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.