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The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course enables students who have acquired a non-law undergraduate degree to complete the academic stage of legal professional education (CPE) in one year (full time) or two years (part time), in order to then begin the vocational stage of training as either a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course). Read more
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course enables students who have acquired a non-law undergraduate degree to complete the academic stage of legal professional education (CPE) in one year (full time) or two years (part time), in order to then begin the vocational stage of training as either a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/law-gdl/

Why choose this course?

- Expert and highly-qualified teaching team, with over 20 years' experience of delivering the GDL

- An active student law society, and a course intake limited to 100 students, which promotes a friendly, personal and supportive learning environment

- A 99%+ pass rate, and 20% above national average rate for number of merit awards and above

- Access to the excellent Bodleian Law Library

- Strong links with law firms and barristers' chambers in both London and Oxford and members of staff provide practical advice and guidance as you begin your career

- Opportunities to boost employability skills through participation in internal and national mooting and client interviewing competitions as well as a national award winning pro bono scheme

Teaching and learning

Diverse teaching methods (predominantly two hour lectures and one-and-a-half hour workshops) are employed throughout the GDL programme in order to give you the best opportunity to acquire legal knowledge and skills.

A number of those teaching on the GDL have qualifications and experience as barristers or solicitors, and a significant number of others hold research degrees.

Assessments (both coursework and exams) are spread throughout the course so that you will have an ongoing awareness of your progress. These teaching and assessment methods are described in the course handbook, and their effectiveness is monitored and analysed by students and staff in the module feedback system and the GDL annual review process.

Practical skills

In recognition of the professional nature of the course, our GDL places special emphasis on helping you to gain the legal skills you need to acquire to be a successful lawyer.

- Mooting
Mooting is a must on the CV of any aspiring barrister, and for many aspiring solicitors. Mooting gives you the chance to test your advocacy skills in a safe but exciting environment, and the opportunity to hear other students argue and learn from the questioning of the judges.
The School of Law runs a mooting competition each year and enters its champion mooting team into the English Speaking Union/Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition. In 2012 the Oxford Brookes GDL Mooting Team won the national final of the English Speaking Union/Essex Court National Mooting Competition, and went on to win the Commonwealth Mooting Championship in Cape Town in April 2013.

- Client Interviewing
Client interviewing is one of the key skills which every lawyer needs. GDL students, coached by members of staff, have the opportunity to take part in an annual internal Client Interviewing Competition here at Oxford Brookes.

The winners of the internal competition go on to take part in the regional and national finals of the Client Interviewing Competition of England and Wales. The winning team from the national finals has the opportunity to go forward to the International Client Consultation Competition which is hosted internationally and which includes students from around the world.

In recent years Brookes GDL students have had great success in the National Client Interviewing Competition. They achieved third place in the National Final in both 2009 and 2011, and won the National Final in 2010, going on to be overall runners-up in the International Client Consultation Competition 2010 in Hong Kong. In 2012 the Brookes student team were overall runners-up in the national final and won the trophy for best GDL team.

- Pro Bono Activity
Pro Bono offers students a valuable introduction to the world of legal practice, and involvement in pro bono work helps to demonstrate to potential employers a student's commitment to the law.

Students wishing to be involved in pro bono work can do so through our established pro bono scheme, winner of the Solicitors Pro Bono group national award.

In 2010 and 2013, GDL students were shortlisted for the Attorney General's National Student Pro Bono Awards for 'Best Contribution by an Individual Student' and attended the awards ceremonies at the houses of parliament.

How this course helps you develop

Oxford Brookes has strong links with law firms and barristers' chambers in both London and Oxford and members of staff provide practical advice and guidance as you begin your career in law.

Events such as the annual Oxford Law Fair further enhance opportunities for professional networking.

Careers

Having completed the GDL most students go on to become solicitors or barristers by taking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

- Training contracts
Many of our students come to the GDL having already obtained training contracts with solicitors’ firms, and their GDL studies are funded by these firms.

- Scholarships for barristers
Oxford Brookes GDL students going to the bar are exceptionally successful in securing much sought-after funding and scholarships. Each year a significant proportion of Brookes students gain prestigious scholarships through the Inns of Court.

- Further careers options with law
A small number of our students use the legal knowledge and analytical skills gained through the GDL course to pursue a business, public sector or financial career, or continue on to further academic study.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

There is a wide range of research interests among staff, with particular strengths in the areas of public law, international law and human rights, employment, religion and the law, criminal justice, and IT and the law. In the latest government research rating exercise, the 2014 REF, 85% of staff research output is internationally recognised.

Professor Peter Edge researches in the interaction of religion and law, and the law of small jurisdictions including International Finance Centres. Recent projects exploring these at the transnational level have included a study of foreign lawyers working in small jurisdictions, and a comparative study of the status of ministers of religion in employment law. Past PhD students have worked on projects such as a comparison of the European Convention on Human Rights and Shariah, and a comparative study of how criminal law treats religion.

Professor Lucy Vickers’ research into the religious discrimination at work has led to consultancy work for Equality and Human Rights Commission, as well invitations to speak at United Nations with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Sonia Morano-Foadi, interviewed and quoted in The Economist, secured £12,000 from the European Science Foundation to fund exploratory work into the effects of EU directives on migration and asylum.

Professor Ilona Cheyne has been invited to participate in the EU COST group on 'Fragmentation, Politicisation and Constitutionalisation of International Law', working on standards of review in international courts and tribunals.

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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Eco-Tourism is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Eco-Tourism is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for those atmiddle management in the travel and tourism industry who are involved in eco-tourism in the UK and/or international markets and who wish to develop their understanding of eco-tourism as they engage with eco-tourism projects.

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This course addresses key issues in the field of eco-tourism, including the rationale for eco-tourism and the role of government, the economy, culture and environment. As such it provides a comprehensive grounding in international best practice in both developing and delivering successful eco-tourism destinations.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of eco-tourism.

This course enhances your practical work experience and career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of aneco-tourism work-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing your competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with site visits to eco-tourism projects and experts from the eco-tourism field who will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Eco-Tourism: Theory and Practice will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes (approximately 5,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for Eco-Tourism will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted online in week 5. The second assessment will comprise anEco-Tourism project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

Modular structure

The course comprises of two 20 credit modules set at Level 7. In summary: Module 1 is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of 5 full days (6 hours per day); module 2 is delivered as 2 full days face-to-face tuition and 2 days of project site visits and 1 day of cohort project tutoring by distance learning (total 10 days delivery = 30 hours + 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods per module) = 45 hours per module.

The first module entitled Eco-tourism: Theory and Practice examines the economic, cultural and environmental impact of eco-tourism through face-to-face teaching delivery in London. This is delivered across five days as a block at the beginning of the first semester of entry to the course. Students then have the remainder of the 15 week semester to complete the integrative coursework assessment remotely.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for Eco-Tourism. Its face-to-face content and site visits are also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with two days devoted to tuition and two days to eco-tourism project visits. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning cohort tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote cohort tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

After the course

This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in the travel and tourism industry who have an interest in eco-tourism.

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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Public-Private Partnerships is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in heart of the City of London via block release and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Public-Private Partnerships is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in heart of the City of London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for senior public officials and private sector middle managers involved in delivering PPP projects in the UK and international markets wishing to develop their understanding of PPP as they engage with PPP projects.

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This course addresses key issues in the field of Public-Private partnerships, including the rationale for PPP and the role of government, project definition, risk mitigation and insurance, legal and tax issues, project funding, procurement and project methodology. As such it provides a comprehensive grounding on international best practice in both developing successful PPP programmes and delivering new public facilities and services to include theory, policy, strategy and delivery.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of PPP, including acclaimed author John Davie (The PPP Book: Public-Private Partnerships Unbundled) and other specialists from PPP firm Altra Capital, as well as respected academics in the fields of finance and law.

This course enhances participants’ practical work experience and their career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of a PPP work-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing participants’ competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with site visits to PPP projects and experts from the PPP field who will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes (approximately 5,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted on-line in week 5. The second assessment will comprise a PPP project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement (core, 20 credits)
-Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice (core, 20 credits)

After the course

This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in the area of PPP. It will be of special interest to those employed in procurement and those who have undertaken a CIPS qualification.

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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Voluntary sector and NGO operations is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Voluntary sector and NGO operations is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for those atmiddle management in the voluntary and NGO sector who involved in working for organisations in the UK and/or international markets who wish to develop their understanding of voluntary and NGO sector operations as they engage with not-for-profit projects.

More about this course

This course addresses key issues in the field of Voluntary sector and NGO sector operations, including the rationale for not for profit operations, the role of government, the economy, culture and environment where voluntary sector and NGO operations take place.As such it provides a comprehensive grounding in international best practice in both developing and delivering successful voluntary sector and NGO operations.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of voluntary sector and NGO operations.

This course enhances participants’ practical work experience and their career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of a voluntary sector and NGO operationswork-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing participants’ competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with site visits to voluntary sector and NGO projects and experts from this field will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Voluntary sector and NGO operations: Theory and practice will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes (approximately 5,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for the voluntary sector and NGO sector will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted online in week 5. The second assessment will comprise a voluntary sector and NGO sector project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted on-line in week 15.

Modular structure

The course comprises two 20 credit modules set at level 7. In summary: Module 1 is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of 5 full days (6 hours per day); module 2 is delivered as 2 full days face-to-face tuition + 2 days of project site visits + 1 day of cohort project tutoring by distance learning (total 10 days delivery = 30 hours + 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods per module) = 45 hours per module.

The first module entitled Voluntary sector and NGO Operations: Theory and Practice examines political, economic and cultural and environmental impact of working with voluntary and NGO organisationsthrough face-to-face teaching delivery in London. This is delivered across five days as a block at the beginning of the first semester of entry to the course. Students then have the remainder of the 15 week semester to complete the integrative coursework assessment remotely.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for the voluntary sector and NGO sector. Its face-to-face content and site visits are also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with two days devoted to tuition and two days to voluntary sector and NGOproject visits. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning cohort tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote cohort tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

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London Met has won several prestigious awards for its corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. This advanced diploma gives you the ability to be more aware of the issues surrounding corporate social responsibility and give you the tools you need to critically analyse and evaluate these issues. Read more
London Met has won several prestigious awards for its corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. This advanced diploma gives you the ability to be more aware of the issues surrounding corporate social responsibility and give you the tools you need to critically analyse and evaluate these issues.

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The work to be undertaken at London Metropolitan University through the “One Campus One Community” project provides a unique opportunity to create a “living lab” where you’ll be taught through actual projects.

The involvement of the Estates Department will create opportunities for you to undertake work placements and further enhance employment skills.

As well as being delivered by experienced staff at London Met, you’ll also be taught by guest lecturers with knowledge and experience of corporate social responsibility.

This course includes a consultancy project where you'll be able to do site visits, giving you hands on experience in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

By the end of the degree you'll have an understanding of the complex area of CSR, allowing you to become a fully-informed sustainability professional and keep abreast of current developments and critically anayse and evaluate the issues surrounding the implications of CSR.

Assessment will include a mixture of coursework and a consultancy project.

Modular structure

The course comprises two 20 credit modules set at Level 7. The course takes place over 10 days and totals 30 hours, as well as 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods. This brings the total hours for each module to 45.

Module 1, titled Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability, is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of five full days (six hours per day).

Module 2, titled Consutancy Project, is delivered as two full days face-to-face tuition, two days of project site visits and one day of project tutoring by distance learning.

After the course

CSR is an umbrella term that many companies use to describe a variety of activities and can permeate through many roles in an organisation. This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in CSR and sustainability who have an interest in expanding their knowledge.

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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Employment Law and Practice is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via weekend and evening study and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Employment Law and Practice is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via weekend and evening study and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for those at middle management in the HR industry who are involved in employment law and practice in the UK and/or international markets who wish to develop their understanding of employment law and practice as they engage with employment law projects.

More about this course

This course addresses key issues in the field of employment law and practice, including an understanding of the legal framework relating to employee relations and human resource management and enables students to confidently handle and analyse legal materials. The course will enable participants to analyse developments in employment law, including EC law, and be able to identify appropriate sources to enable them to keep abreast of developments; identify problems and issues which arise in employee relations and human resource management, and apply the legal principles to those situations and advise on appropriate legal action to be taken in the workplace.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of employment law.
This course enhances participants’ practical work experience and their career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of an employment law work-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing participants’ competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with an Employment Tribunal site visit and experts from the employment law field who will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Employment Law and Practice (BL7106) aims to provide learners with an understanding of this complex area of law and of the importance of law and legal developments in the employment field. It will enable learners to keep abreast of legal developments and to critically analyse the law and evaluate the implications for employment practice.

It will be assessed by coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes The module is assessed by 100% coursework. It consists of two pieces of written coursework weighted 75% and 25%.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for Employment Law and Practice will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted on-line in week 5. The second assessment will comprise an Employment Law and Practice project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted on-line in week 15.

Modular structure

The course comprises two 20 credit modules set at level 7. In summary: Module 1 is delivered as a face-to-face delivery one evening a week for 1 semester(+ 15 hours for scheduled assessment); module 2 is delivered as 3 full days face-to-face tuition + 1 day of field trip + 1 day of cohort project tutoring by distance learning (+ 15 hours for scheduled assessment) = 45 hours per module.

The first module is entitled Employment Law and Practice (BL7106) and the module aims to provide learners with an understanding of this complex area of law and of the importance of law and legal developments in the employment field. It will enable learners to keep abreast of legal developments and to critically analyse the law and evaluate the implications for employment practice.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for Employment Law and Practice. Its face-to-face content and site visit are also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with three days devoted to tuition and one day for an Employment Tribunal visit. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning cohort tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote cohort tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

After the course

This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in the HR industry who have an interest in employment law.

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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Expatriate Management is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Expatriate Management is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for those at middle management in the HR and global mobility industries who are involved in expatriate management in the UK and/or international markets who wish to develop their understanding of expatriate management and practice as they engage with expatriate management projects.

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This course addresses key issues in the field of expatriate management, including an understanding of the theories and concepts from the developing field of expatriate management; applying a multi-disciplinary approach that draws on cultural theory and psychology, organisational behaviour, human resource management and management theory.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of expatriate management.

This course enhances participants’ practical work experience and their career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of an expatriate management work-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing participants’ competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with experts from the fields of tax, social security, pensions and visas who will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Expatriate Management: Theory and Practiceaims to provide learners with an understanding of this complex area of expatriate management and of the importance of new developments in the employment field. It will enable learners to keep abreast of new developments and to critically analyse and evaluate the implications for employment practice.

It will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for Expatriate Management will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted on-line in week 5. The second assessment will comprise anExpatriate Management project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted on-line in week 15.

Modular structure

The course comprises two 20 credit modules set at level 7. In summary: Module 1 is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of 5 full days (6 hours per day); module 2 is delivered as 4 full days face-to-face tuition + 1 day of cohort project tutoring by distance learning (total 10 days delivery = 30 hours + 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods) = 45 hours per module.

The first module is entitled Expatriate Management: Theory and Practiceand the module aims to provide learners with an understanding of this complex area of expatriate management and developments in the HR field. It will enable learners to keep abreast of current developments and to critically analyse the issues and evaluate the implications for employment practice.

Students then have the remainder of the 15 week semester to complete the integrative coursework assessment remotely.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for Expatriate Management. Its face-to-face content is also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with four days devoted to tuition. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote cohort tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

After the course

This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in the International HRM/global mobility industry who have an interest in expatriate management.

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In­te­gra­ting pu­blic and pri­va­te eco­no­mic law, the pro­gram­me brings to­ge­ther two are­as of law that are of­ten co­ve­r­ed in­de­pen­dent­ly in le­gal li­te­ra­tu­re as well as in teaching. Read more
In­te­gra­ting pu­blic and pri­va­te eco­no­mic law, the pro­gram­me brings to­ge­ther two are­as of law that are of­ten co­ve­r­ed in­de­pen­dent­ly in le­gal li­te­ra­tu­re as well as in teaching. This di­vi­si­on will be over­co­me wi­t­hin the frame­work of this pro­gram­me to pro­vi­de stu­dents with a ho­lis­tic ap­proach on in­ter­na­tio­nal eco­no­mic law that cha­rac­te­ri­ses this area of law in prac­tice. The pro­gram­me aims to de­li­ver a broad, sci­en­ti­fic and pro­found en­ga­ge­ment with the play­ers and struc­tu­res of in­ter­na­tio­nal eco­no­mic law (first stu­dy year in Lüne­burg) and, as well as to fa­ci­li­ta­te an ad­di­tio­nal spe­cia­li­sa­ti­on in one of the core sub­jects of in­ter­na­tio­nal eco­no­mic law such as Cor­po­ra­te & Fi­nan­ci­al Law, In­ter­na­tio­nal Com­mer­ci­al Law, In­ter­na­tio­nal Com­pe­ti­ti­on Law & Po­li­cy or In­tel­lec­tu­al Pro­per­ty & the Di­gi­tal Eco­no­my (se­cond stu­dy year in Glas­gow).

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If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School is designed to provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for a successful career. Read more
If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School is designed to provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for a successful career. We offer advocacy training and group sessions that offer true-to-life mock trials, assessments, 'mini chambers' and real-life legal work experience opportunities.

Manchester Law School has a proud history of providing barrister training in the North West and as a result has outstanding links to both the local legal profession and the Northern Circuit (Chambers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston). Practitioners from the Northern Circuit will provide you with Additional Advocacy Classes for students and are on-hand at regular events to offer advice about your future as a barrister and obtaining pupillage.

You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring and a wealth of pro bono opportunity. We will support you preparing pupillage applications, with access to our specialist careers service.

Special Features

Specialist BPTC facilities

Recognising the challenging nature of barrister training, the Law School offers a number of specialist facilities for the use of students on the BPTC programme. Students benefit from specialist postgraduate study areas, personal chambers rooms, legal libraries, personal study areas plus a mock courtroom where students can practice their advocacy skills in a realistic legal environment.

Advocacy

We will provide you with the opportunity to hone your advocacy skills with many opportunities to understand the skills involved and to put them into practice. Our advocacy sessions far exceed the minimum hours set by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and we are very proud of the skills that our students develop during the course. You will receive approximately 42 hours of criminal and civil advocacy plus assessments, which is over three times the minimum required by the BSB. We also offer Additional Classes with barristers who are in full time practice to give you further opportunities to develop your advocacy skills.

Additional Professional Programme (APP)

An innovative feature of Manchester Law School’s BPTC programme. The APP bridges the gap between student and professional life, and prepares you for the Bar. There is a whole range of extra curricula, career-boosting activities of which you can take advantage. From guest lectures provided by judges and clerks of chambers, to Pro Bono opportunities, the Student Law Society, mooting and other national competitions.

Practitioner Mentor Scheme

Each chambers group is allocated their own Practitioner Mentor, a locally based barrister who will be on hand to guide you along the path to practice.

Mediator Training Programme

We are exclusively offering the option to gain an additional independent professional qualification in mediation through the ADR group, normally costing £2,750 +VAT, at no extra cost to our BPTC students. The programme is practically orientated and focused on equipping you with the skills you need to perform well at mediation – either as a representative or as a mediator – and leads to ADR Group Accredited Mediator Status.

Award-winning environment

At Manchester Law School you will have access to an outstanding Faculty building, housing spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. You will benefit from highly modern facilities on our thriving campus too, at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Pro Bono

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with our partner organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance with finding mini pupillages and initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your network at our many events including external speakers and members of the Northern Circuit.

Personalised tours

If you would like to come and have a look around and meet a member of the team, please contact us on and we would be happy to show you around at a mutually convenient time.

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Which factors induce environmentally harmful behaviour and what motivates us to act pro-environmentally? What determines the impact and acceptability of interventions that aim to encourage pro-environmental actions and a sustainable energy transition?. Read more
Which factors induce environmentally harmful behaviour and what motivates us to act pro-environmentally? What determines the impact and acceptability of interventions that aim to encourage pro-environmental actions and a sustainable energy transition?

Climate change has been labelled as the greatest threat to our future and that of generations to come (Obama, 2015). In recognition of this threat, almost 200 nations agreed to fight this environmental problem caused by human behaviour. So which factors induce environmentally harmful behaviour and what motivates us to act pro-environmentally? What determines the impact and acceptability of interventions that aim to encourage pro-environmental actions and a sustainable energy transition?

Questions like these that are essential for reaching our environmental ambitions are addressed in the Master's programme 'Environmental psychology'. In this unique programme you will acquire theoretical knowledge and methodological skills that enable you to understand the human dimension of environmental and energy-related problems. The programme focuses on the relationships between humans and the built and natural environment , and the human dimension of environmental and energy problems . After completing the programme, you will be able to develop theory-based strategies to promote environmental quality. You will learn to work in interdisciplinary settings and apply the acquired knowledge in practice. You will be challenged to critically reflect on scientific knowledge and you will be offered possibilities to join ongoing research projects with other universities, governmental organisations, companies, and industry.

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Fi­nanz­ma­nage­ment, Rech­nungs­le­gung, Wirt­schafts­prüfung, Un­ter­neh­mens­be­wer­tung – wenn Sie sich für die ana­ly­ti­schen Pro­zes­se in­ner­halb ei­nes Un­ter­neh­mens in­ter­es­sie­ren, bie­tet Ih­nen der Mas­ter­stu­di­en­gang Management & Finance & Accounting ein in­ter­es­san­tes Stu­di­en­feld. Read more
Fi­nanz­ma­nage­ment, Rech­nungs­le­gung, Wirt­schafts­prüfung, Un­ter­neh­mens­be­wer­tung – wenn Sie sich für die ana­ly­ti­schen Pro­zes­se in­ner­halb ei­nes Un­ter­neh­mens in­ter­es­sie­ren, bie­tet Ih­nen der Mas­ter­stu­di­en­gang Management & Finance & Accounting ein in­ter­es­san­tes Stu­di­en­feld. Im Ma­jor Fi­nan­ce & Ac­coun­ting er­wer­ben Sie be­triebs­wirt­schaft­li­che Hand­lungs­kom­pe­tenz für viel­sei­ti­ge und an­spruchs­vol­le Führungs­auf­ga­ben nicht nur im Fi­nanz- und Rech­nungs­we­sen, son­dern auch in Be­ra­tungs- und Prüfungs­un­ter­neh­men. Da­bei ler­nen Sie – ins­be­son­de­re vor dem Hin­ter­grund der letz­ten Fi­nanz­kri­se – wie sich die­se be­triebs­wirt­schaft­li­chen Kern­dis­zi­pli­nen zur Lösung ak­tu­el­ler ge­sell­schaft­li­cher Pro­ble­me so­zi­al ver­ant­wort­lich und nach­hal­tig ge­stal­ten las­sen, so­dass die Un­ter­neh­men selbst und ex­ter­ne In­ter­es­sen­grup­pen glei­cher­maßen pro­fi­tie­ren.

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Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications. Read more
Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications.

Many employers are attracted to GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market, as you offer additional skills and experience to their organisation.

This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal subjects. Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.

Special features

Mooting opportunities

Mooting at Manchester Law School is part of a specialised unit on the GDL course, and we have become a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. The mooting society at the law school is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams have competed at and the highest level from 2013-16 and have enjoyed regular national competition success.

Award-winning Faculty environment

Manchester Law School is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to study, housing modern lecture theatres, study zones, legal libraries and a mock courtroom. You will benefit from an award-winning Faculty building, including spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. Highly modern facilities are available to you on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Top quality teaching by professionals

You will be taught by experienced professionals and will receive the best possible teaching and direct access to the profession. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a real passion for their subjects.

Pro bono

There are opportunities for GDL students to take part in pro bono (voluntary) work experience in a wide range of areas. Manchester Law School is continually adding to our portfolio of pro bono partners, to extend and improve the opportunities for GDL students to experience legal work first-hand.

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Prepare for the Bar with City’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and study in London’s prime legal location. The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. Read more
Prepare for the Bar with City’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and study in London’s prime legal location.

Who is it for?

The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programme caters both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

Objectives

The Bar Professional Training Course is a rigorous programme designed to reflect the modern working Bar. We replicate life in chambers, so you learn how to represent a range of clients and to prepare for the demands of court.

Studying at Gray's Inn Place, in the heart of legal London, City Law School students achieve impressive academic success. In 2015, our students represented half of the national BPTC cohort achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’* – the most prominent indicator of success in securing future pupillage.

* Bar Standards Board BPTC Key Statistics report 2016

The programme is taught by a team of professionally-qualified experts who are the authors of the BPTC manuals in use across the country. Internationally renowned and highly skills focused, City’s BPTC provides a bridge between academic legal study and professional practice and covers three essential areas:
-Advocacy
-Written and oral advisory skills
-Drafting skills.

Underpinning all of these areas is a foundation of analysis and legal research, combined with the need to set priorities and organise your work in order to meet deadlines.

Placements

Placements are not a formal requirement of the programme, but we encourage you to spend time in chambers doing mini-pupillages.

Pro bono is an opportunity to use your time and knowledge to provide legal advice to those who may otherwise not have access to such services. It provides you with invaluable experience and a chance to develop your legal skills further. At The City Law School you will have the opportunity to work with one of our pro bono volunteering organisations that needs assistance.

Mooting is a great way to develop important legal skills such as research and analysis whilst also learning how to structure a legal argument. At The City Law School, we run an annual internal mooting competition where students act as a counsel to argue a point of law before a judge.

Academic facilities

The Bar Professional Training Course is taught at Gray’s Inn Place campus. Here you will find the Atkin Building which houses the student common room and the large lecture theatre and teaching accommodation. The library, computer study areas and additional teaching accommodation are located in two nearby buildings.

The City Law School has its own dedicated administration team and its own online legal resource portal - Lawbore. You also have access to two legal libraries, one on site at the Gray’s Inn campus and one based at our Northampton Square campus.

Within the Gray’s Inn library you will find areas for group study and a room to record advocacy performances. There is a large suite of recording rooms nearby. You will also receive copies of the textbooks used on the course. These include:
-Practitioner books in civil practice and criminal practice.
-The City Law School BPTC manuals (published by OUP as the "Bar series").
-Textbooks in civil procedure, evidence and alternative dispute resolution.

Teaching and learning

Most of the course is taught in small groups where you will be studying with 12 other students, and in classes of six students for advocacy. You will also learn through one-to-one tuition in the advocacy skills part of the course.

Debating, mooting and mock trials also prepare you for pupillage interviews.

We also train students on how to give peer feedback and conduct client conferences, where you give an oral performance which is recorded for feedback. You also have the opportunity to cross-examine mock witnesses and clients in real time as part of the programme’s final assessment.

You will be assessed under examination conditions in the written skills and the knowledge-based areas of ethics, civil procedure and criminal procedure. You will also be assessed through replicated scenarios, which we would expect you to encounter in practice.

Teaching is supported by a range of materials, including a series of skills and subject manuals written by senior members of staff and members of the practising Bar. These manuals are published by Oxford University Press, have been adopted by other providers, and are widely recognised as leading and innovative texts on teaching legal skills. The course is also supported by a wide range of written and electronic resources.

Modules

Modules in the first two terms are compulsory (and are based on the Bar Standards Board requirements), and you can choose two options from 11 topics in the third term.

The course has been developed to give you the relevant legal skills and knowledge that all newly qualified barristers need, along with the detailed knowledge you will need for your chosen specialist areas/subjects. While there is a strong focus on advocacy, advisory and drafting skills are also important as well as knowledge of court procedures and evidence and the principles governing ADR and professional ethics. Three of the option subjects (FRU, domestic violence and social security) are pro bono based, which gives you the opportunity to get real-life experience as part of the programme.

There is a strong focus on preparation, participation and practice. Students are encouraged to recognise that work on the programme is set in a realistic context and to approach the work in a professional, ethical, practical and problem-solving way.

Core subjects in the first and second term
-Advocacy Cross Examination (10 credits)
-Advocacy Examination in Chief (10 credits)
-Advocacy Addressing the Court (10 credits)
-Civil Litigation, Evidence & Remedies 12 credits)
-Conference Skills (six credits)
-Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing (12 credits)
-Resolution of Disputes out of Court (ADR) (six credits)
-Drafting Skills (12 credits)
-Professional Ethics (six credits)
-Opinion Writing Skills (12 credits)

Other important areas covered within the context of the main subjects:
-Costs
-Human rights
-Risk analysis

Option subjects in the third term - you will choose two of the below elective modules:
-Advanced Criminal Litigation (12 credits)
-Commercial Law (12 credits)
-Company Law (12 credits)
-Domestic Violence (12 credits)
-Employment Law (12 credits)
-Family Law (12 credits)
-Fraud & Financial Crime (12 credits)
-Free Representation Unit (12 credits)
-Landlord & Tenant (12 credits)
-Professional Negligence (12 credits)
-Social Security (12 credits)

The range of options offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand, but we usually run all 11 options. The same range of options is offered to part-time BPTC students as to full-time ones, but subject to demand, some may only be delivered during the day.

Career prospects

Training for the Bar is a serious proposition because of the responsible role played by barristers in the administration of justice. It is also one of the most sought after and respected careers available. On successful completion of the course you will receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills and be eligible to be Called to the Bar of England and Wales by your Inn. At that stage you are entitled to describe yourself as a barrister, but will not be entitled to represent clients in court until you have completed the first six months of pupillage.

Pupillage is usually for 12 months, and is usually taken in one set of chambers, although sometimes pupillage takes place in two or more sets.

Minimum pupillage awards for the first year are £12,000. Some pupillage awards exceed £60,000. Tenants earn more than pupils.

We have a strong success rate with BPTC students gaining pupillage year on year. As soon as you accept your place on the City BPTC you can get individual guidance from our dedicated Pupillage Advisory Service to give you the best possible chance of entering the Bar. The service offers tailored advice about:
-Building links with the profession
-Applying for mini-pupillages
-Completing pupillage applications
-Preparing for interviews (including offering mock interviews)
-Getting ready for pupillage

If you decide the Bar isn't for you, you can receive expert advice about your career options from your personal tutor and City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service. The service offers support for interviews, mock interviews and job searching techniques.

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Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications. Read more
Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications.

Many employers are attracted to GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market, as you offer additional skills and experience to their organisation.

This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal subjects. Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.

You will begin by developing a strong understanding of the English Legal System, alongside an introduction to legal research and law-related information technology. You will then move onto the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, a series of units that will introduce core legal concepts. This knowledge will lay the foundation for your future training at LPC or BPTC level. The Legal Skills and Practice module is specifically designed to bridge the gap between academic and professional study.

These courses are delivered at the University’s purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a range of professional legal backgrounds. Your tuition will be delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, directed learning and electronic learning. There is the opportunity to expand your legal network through attendance at our guest speaker and careers events, and to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes providing pro bono legal services to those who would otherwise be unable to access them.

The course runs from September to June but prior to this you will receive an induction pack, including a link to our online revision and self-testing resources. Our induction programme is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of the English legal system and an introduction to Manchester Law School and the facilities we offer.

Part-time students learn via a mix of lectures, face-to-face and online workshops. Classes are typically on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9pm. An evening consists of a one hour lecture in two subjects together with an hour long tutorial in one of those subjects (with the other subject tutorial the following week).

Manchester Law School alumni have found success in a range of law firms, barristers chambers and non-legal organisations in the UK and internationally, including some of the most well known names in the profession.

Special Features

Mooting opportunities

Mooting at Manchester Law School is part of a specialised unit on the GDL course, and we have become a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. The mooting society at the law school is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams have competed at and the highest level from 2013-16 and have enjoyed regular national competition success.

Award-winning Faculty environment

Manchester Law School is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to study, housing modern lecture theatres, study zones, legal libraries and a mock courtroom. You will benefit from an award-winning Faculty building, including spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. Highly modern facilities are available to you on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Top quality teaching by professionals

You will be taught by experienced professionals and will receive the best possible teaching and direct access to the profession. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a real passion for their subjects.

Pro Bono

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with our partner organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance with finding mini pupillages and initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your network at our many events including external speakers and members of the Northern Circuit.

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With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Read more
With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Legal employers now place a high premium on graduates with international commercial law skills. This programme focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community, as well as various legal issues surrounding international trade and global markets.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/law/intllaw

Law

With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Legal employers now place a high premium on graduates with international commercial law skills and our LLM focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community, as well as various legal issues surrounding international trade and global markets.

What you'll study

We regularly update our programmes to reflect the ever-changing nature of the discipline, so the programme structure, mode and the courses and course structure can be subject to change. The list provided here is for illustrative purposes only. Please note that some 'core' courses are only open to certain students - for further details on any restrictions that apply or, for any other query on the programme's structure, please contact the School of Law (insert hyperlink to ).

Structure for the full-time programme starting in September 2016:

Core courses

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

- Research methods in law (15 credits)

- Common law foundations OR pro bono placement (15 credits) (NOTE: Certain applicants will only be permitted to study common law foundations - please see note 1 below for details)

- Corporate law OR public international law (30 credits) (NOTE: Certain applicants may not have a choice of option OR may not be able to study either option - please see note 2 below for details)

- Dissertation (60 credits)

Important notes on core courses

1. Where a student has the choice of common law foundations or the pro bono placement, overseas students who do not have any experience of a common law jurisdiction only be permitted to take common law foundations. Also, any former University of Greenwich student who has already taken the pro bono placement as an option in the 3rd year of one of the University's LLB programmes, will not be permitted to take this course on the LLM programme.

2. Any former University of Greenwich student who has already taken corporate law or public international law as part of one of the University's LLB programmes, will not be permitted to take the same course(s) again as part of the LLM programme.

Anyone with any query about Note 1 or 2 above should contact the School of Law at .

Option courses

Students are required to choose two 30-credit options from the following:

- International labour law (30 credits)
- Intellectual property law (30 credits)
- International human rights law (30 credits)
- Competition law (30 credits)
- International criminal law (30 credits)
- Public shipping law (30 credits)
- Banking and finance law (30 credits)
- International trade law (30 credits)
- Environment, regulation and responsibility (30 credits)
- Oil and gas law (30 credits)
- Business, human rights and the environment (30 credits)
- Commercial landlord and tenant law (30 credits)
- Law of maritime security (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, class presentations and a dissertation.

Career opportunities

Graduates may take up careers with international institutions or nongovernmental organisations, or pursue university teaching and further research.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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