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The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides a rigorous and challenging learning experience, which is commended by employers. On successful completion of the GDL students can progress to the vocational stage of training; either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), for those wishing to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.

Our aim is to consolidate and enhance your intellectual capability for independent learning through legal research, reasoning and argument. You will acquire valuable transferable skills including oral/written communication, group-work, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation, critical thinking and e-presentations.

The GDL is a one year full-time course or two year part-time course. Both courses are available on campus or by way of distance learning.

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.


All seven foundation modules are assessed by coursework and exam. Examinations are held at the end of the semester in which the module has been taught. Lawyers’ Skills is assessed by an online assessment on the English Legal System and by a moot.

Students will complete an Independent Legal Research Project on a topic of their choice. This is a 5,000 word dissertation and is an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in an area of law which falls outside the foundation modules.


-A long standing and experienced provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses

-Dedicated and well qualified staff with an emphasis on small group teaching

-Strong academic provision and pastoral support

-A maximum of 40 students on the full time course and 30 students on each year of the part-time course

-Excellent careers advice and support both within the Law School and from the University Careers Service

-Detailed study materials and module handbooks prepared by the course team

-Excellent online support for both the campus and distance learning course

-An opportunity to complete your independent research project on any topic of your choosing

-A guaranteed place on the LPC with a discount on fees

-Close links with the professions and extra-curricular events

-Access to all of the facilities which a large university has to offer

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. There are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the Law School. 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.

Lancashire Law School won 'Highly Commended Legal Education Provider of The Year 2017' by the Solicitors Journal Awards 

Visit the Law - Graduate Diploma page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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