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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) GDIP


University of Central Lancashire School of Justice

Full time & Part time September, January Other 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides a rigorous and challenging learning experience, which is commended by employers and can lay the foundations of law knowledge necessary to move into legal professions such as a solicitor or barrister.  

On successful completion of the GDL you can progress to the next stage of training; either the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for those wishing to become barristers, or further training to become a solicitor.

We aim to consolidate and enhance your intellectual rigour and ability for independent learning through legal research, reasoning, and argument. You will acquire valued transferable skills in areas such as oral and

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Entry Requirements

Applicants who are graduates must usually hold a degree in any subject, with a minimum 2:2 grade, from a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution; or an overseas institution (subject to approval by the International Admissions process at UCLan). Applicants who are not graduates may still be considered but are advised to make pre-application contact with the Admissions Tutor to discuss their qualifications and/or work history.


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