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    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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    24 August 2018

Course content

Becoming a lawyer involves so much more than simply studying the law and gaining a qualification. In order to succeed in practice you must learn to think like a lawyer and reason like a judge. That’s where we come in. We pride ourselves on providing a quality law conversion course. The course combines academic rigour with the problem solving and research skills that we know will make you stand out as a legal professional.

Our classes are small and our teaching staff are supportive, and that’s what we think makes all the difference. We’re known in the legal world for producing graduates that have both a thorough grasp of legal knowledge and the confidence to apply it to real-life situations.

You can study with us full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Either way you will be fully integrated into our supportive learning environment and benefit from the coaching of our highly qualified and experienced teaching team.

You will be taught by academic staff who are passionate about the work and research they do. They incorporate their published work into their specialist teaching, so that as you study with us you will be able to experience an active engagement with the laws of the society in which we live. 

Additionally, we understand the importance of giving our students every opportunity to develop employability skills prior to graduating. This is demonstrated through our outstanding record of student success in national and international mooting and client interviewing competitions, as well as through our solicitor and barrister mentoring scheme.

Why choose this course?

  • Close, supportive learning environment with extensive tutor contact time
  • Academic rigour combined with a focus on essential legal skills such as problem solving and legal research
  • Assessment (coursework and examinations) is spread throughout the year
  • You can boost your employability skills through mooting and client interviewing competitions, and we have an outstanding record of student success nationally
  • We have strong links with law firms and barristers' chambers in both London and Oxford. You will also have the option of participating in our solicitor and barrister mentoring scheme or our award-winning pro bono scheme
  • Oxford is a safe and beautiful city with excellent transport links to London

This course in detail

The first week of the GDL is an induction course which includes a study of the English legal system as well as introductory lectures in legal theory, legal writing skills and problem solving. There are also opportunities to explore the city with an Oxford guide and the week is concluded with a welcome reception in Headington Hill Hall. The intensity of the induction course develops a strong sense of community among students.

The induction course is assessed on a pass/fail basis and must be passed before you can start the main body of the course.

All students are required to study the following subjects:

  • Contract Law 
  • European Union Law 
  • Tort Law 
  • Land Law 
  • Equity and Trusts 
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law 
  • Legal Research Project in another area of Law 

NB: As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here.

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.

Specialist facilities

The Oxford Brookes' Law school has its own in-house moot court, facilitating a realistic and professional context within which students can develop their advocacy skills in front of legal professionals. GDL students at Brookes also have access to the world-famous Bodleian Law Library.

Visit the GDL - Law page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!




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