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Our GDL programme is a conversion course that allows non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. This rigorous and challenging one or two year learning experience – which is commended by employers – can lay the foundations of law knowledge necessary for you to move into legal professions such as becoming a solicitor or barrister.

Your studies on this course aim to consolidate and enhance your existing intellectual rigour through legal research, reasoning, and argument. You will be equipped with knowledge and experience with foundational legal areas such as contract law, criminal law, and public law as outlined below. You can also develop transferable skills in areas such as oral and written communication, group work, advocacy, critical thinking and more to support you in entering the law professions and throughout your career.

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 written communication; group work; advocacy; interviewing and negotiation; critical thinking; and presentation skills. Not only will these skills assist you in entering the law profession, they will also assist your continuing development as you progress throughout your career.

This fast track course can facilitate your introduction to the world of law in one year of full time study, or two years part time, meaning you can rapidly move on to the next stage of becoming a solicitor or barrister. The GDL programme may be a fast track course but it can still provide you with the full Law School experience with the facilities and enrichment opportunities of a large University and thriving legal hub.

Studying at Lancashire Law School can grant you a critical awareness of current issues in law, informed by cutting-edge research and practice conducted by our experienced staff – many of whom have spent significant portions of their careers in practice as solicitors, barristers, and managers in legal professions. Lancashire Law School has previously been named a Highly Commended Law School of the Year by the Solicitors Journal Awards.

The option to study the course online means you can take part in this programme from anywhere with an internet connection giving you the flexibility to study around existing commitments.

We offer the GDL course at a very affordable and competitive rate, whilst still providing the rich array of resources and full module requirements that support your progression on to the law professions.

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.

The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.


The course is validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. The course is approved by the Indian Bar Council.


Students on the programme begin by studying the Legal Skills module, which aims to introduce a foundation of legal knowledge and includes an introductory online workshop prior to commencing the course in full. This provides a solid start to your journey and builds a fluency with the subject material that will empower you to progress through the rest of the GDL course.

Seven foundation modules are also studied, providing a broad insight into the legal knowledge required to prosper in the legal professions. These include: Contract Law, Criminal Law, Law of Torts, Constitutional Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law, and European Union Law.

You will also submit an Independent Legal Research Project on the topic of your choice, with the full supervision and insight from an academic member of staff within the Lancashire Law School. This is an opportunity to really develop your knowledge and expertise in an area that aligns with your interest and career aspirations, and work closely with academic staff who possess expert knowledge and professional insights.


The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. The majority of small group teaching sessions will take place in the impressive Harris Building, the home of Lancashire Law School. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. The Harris Building is also the location for the Law School's dedicated moot court room which contains a mock-up of a real court room for educational use. All small group teaching rooms, contain audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library and our extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from within and outside the jurisdiction on campus and remotely.

The distance learning course is delivered using the latest in teaching technology with interactive workbooks including text, audio and video files as well as self-test questions. Interaction with tutors and fellow students is done using synchronous discussion boards and video links.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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