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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    One year full-time. A two year, part-time option is available

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    19 March 2019

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.

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 (Obligations I) 
  • Law of Tort (Obligations II) 

Project

As stipulated by the SRA and BSB, you will be introduced to an additional area of legal study and are required to submit a longer piece of assessed written coursework relating to that area.

If you successfully complete all of the GDL assessments at your first sitting, you will be guaranteed a place on our Legal Practice Course/ LLM in Legal Practice (LPC/LLM). 

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching comprises lectures and tutorials delivered over two days of the week. This gives you three days to spend on preparation, attend careers events and to be involved in pro bono work.

  • The seven foundation subjects are assessed by exams
  • The English legal system is assessed by an online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test and the additional area of legal study by a 5,000 word assessed project.
  • You also have to complete an assessed online legal research MCQ test.

Graduate careers

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.

It is recognised by the SRA and BSB as satisfying the requirements of the academic stage of training. 

All students have access to our mentoring programme and can take part in pro bono activities offered.


Visit the Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma (full-time) page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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