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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

University of Sheffield School of Law

Full time September Other 1 year FT

About the course

Course description

Also known as the Common Professional Exam, this is a one-year conversion course for non-law graduates or those who have a law degree from another country. You can fast-track your way to the next stage of legal training to become either a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales.


You’ll attend seminars and be assessed by examination.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in any subject, but we’ll consider each application on its own merits.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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Student Profile(s)

Gavin Hesketh

Following this, I start a training contract with a law firm in Sheffield. The GDL is a very intensive course and so hard work and preparation are crucial. Both of these skills will be useful in the workplace.

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