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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    PgDip, Other

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) fee information.

  • Last Updated

    30 July 2019

If you want to enter the legal profession or work in a law-related career, but have a non-law degree, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is ideal for you.

Also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE), this course will give you the legal skills and knowledge you need to meet the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board, and the Institute for Legal Executives.

With this qualification in Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), you can enter the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and the Institute of Legal Executives.

Why Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Swansea?

As a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) student on a professional programme at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, you will be part of a globally recognised law school, with a thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching, and offering an exceptional student experience.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) meets the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and the Institute for Legal Executives, so you can progress to the vocational stage of training as a solicitor, barrister, or legal executive.

Your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) experience

  • The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a full-time, 36-week, intensive course designed to help you gain sound legal knowledge in the areas of law known as the ‘Foundations of Law’, plus one additional area of law.
  • Before the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course starts, you will have two weeks of directed reading at home on the English Legal System and the principles of legal scholarship.
  • The induction period includes a short block of lectures and seminars on the English Legal System and gaining legal skills.
  • You will learn the foundation subjects of Contract Law, Law of Tort, Public Law, Equity & Trusts, Land Law, Criminal Law, and European Union Law through lectures and seminars.
  • You will study a further legal subject through a supervised research project.

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) employment opportunities

Non-law graduates now make up about 50% of all new lawyers, as employers recognise they bring a fresh perspective to the profession.

Our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) satisfies all the academic requirements to enable you to enter the vocational stage of training as a solicitor, barrister or legal executives.

It can also improve your career prospects in many other law-related roles, so you could find opportunities as:

  • Advice worker
  • Barrister
  • Barrister’s clerk
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Civil servant
  • Company secretary
  • Lecturer
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Paralegal
  • Patent attorney
  • Police
  • Researcher
  • Solicitor
  • Stockbroker
  • Trading standards officer

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) modules

You will learn the foundation subjects of Contract Law, Law of Tort, Public Law, Equity & Trusts, Land Law, Criminal Law, and European Union Law through lectures and compulsory seminars.

You will study a further legal subject through a supervised research project.

Modules on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) may include:

  • Eighth Legal Subject for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Contract Law for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Criminal Law for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • English Legal System for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • European Union Law for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Land Law for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Tort for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Equity & Trusts for Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Public Law for Graduate Diploma in Law

How you're taught on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a full-time, 36-week, intensive course designed to facilitate the acquisition of sound legal knowledge in those areas of law which are known as the ‘Foundations of Law’, plus one additional area of law.

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course is preceded by a two-week period of directed reading on the English Legal System and the principles of legal scholarship (no attendance required, home study).

Teaching commences with an induction period, which includes a short block of lectures and seminars concentrating on the English Legal System and the acquisition of legal skills.

The foundation subjects of Contract Law, Law of Tort, Public Law, Equity & Trusts, Land Law, Criminal Law, and European Union Law are taught by means of a series of lectures and compulsory seminars spanning two teaching blocks.

A further legal subject is undertaken by means of a supervised research project.

Class contact averages 16 hours per week. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week, attending classes and undertaking private study.

The Swansea Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) employs a wide range of assessment methods, including multiple choice tests, coursework, mini-dissertation and traditional 3-hour unseen examinations. The pass mark for all assessed work is 40%.

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Visit the Graduate Diploma in Law GDL page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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