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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.
As a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
To enrol on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), an applicant must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution. (Please note that those wishing to progress to the Bar should normally have achieved at least a 2:2 honours classification in their undergraduate degree). Please visit our website for more information on entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Please visit our website for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) fee information.
KATE HOWELL, FROM WALSALL, WAS AN ARCHAEOLOGIST FOR TEN YEARS BEFORE OPTING TO RE-TRAIN IN LAW. SHE EXCELLED IN HER GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LAW AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND HAS NOW BEEN OFFERED A TRAINING CONTRACT WITH A LARGE REGIONAL LAW FIRM.
"After working as an archaeologist for 10 years, I decided that I wanted a career change and decided on law. The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) offered a relatively quick way of retraining for a legal career, without the need to do another three-year degree.
The GDL is a ‘law conversion course’ which covers seven key areas of law - constitutional, contract, criminal, EU, land, tort, and trusts. Although there was a huge amount of new information to take in, we got on very well as a group and the support and camaraderie was invaluable.
I opted for Swansea University because of its excellent reputation, first-rate facilities and attractive location, and I have really enjoyed the experience. Although it’s been hard work, I’ve relished the challenge of learning a new subject, practicing new skills and making new friends. Although there has been a short-term cost, I am confident of the long term benefits, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction.
During my GDL I undertook a vacation placement with the firm Morgan Cole, after which I was invited to an assessment day and interview. They covered the cost of my LPC and offered me a training contract. Postgraduate study has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to retrain and take my career in a different direction - I’ll be sorry to leave University, but am really excited about starting my new job and commencing my legal career!"