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Law Graduate Diploma GDL / CPE Graduate Diploma (full-time)


De Montfort University Faculty of Business and Law

Full time & Part time September PgDip One year full-time. A two year, part-time option is available

About the course

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non-qualifying law degree, who intend to become solicitors or barristers.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the way to qualify as a solicitor. For more details please read the information provided by the SRA about the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

This course is also available to study part-time, please see our website for further information.

Course modules

The GDL begins by introducing the principal features of the English legal system and developing legal research skills. You then study the seven prescribed foundation subjects:  

  • Criminal Law 
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts 
  • European Community Law 
  • Property Law 
  • Public Law 
  • Law of Contract

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject other than law or a non qualifying law degree with a minimum pass of 2:2.

You need to prove to us that you meet the SRA’s requirements for admission to the GDL, and provide evidence for any exemptions that you may request from individual subjects. You need to do that before you start the GDL by providing any documentation we require.

If you are going to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) following the GDL, please refer to the BSB website for further details.


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