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Law (PG Dip)

Course Description

Providing a route into the legal profession for non-law graduates, our our postgraduate diploma in law and our LLM Qualifying Law degree cover the key foundation subjects required by the professional bodies to complete the academic stage of training as a solicitor or barrister. It is delivered by a mix of online learning activities, directed study and small group workshop sessions.

Leeds is home to top-ranking UK and international law firms, including Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, Hammonds, Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds, and employs 7,100 professionals in the sector.

During the course you will have the opportunity to be partnered with a professional mentor ? a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice, deepening your understanding oflegal practice during the period of study.

To find out more visit us at our Law Postgraduate Open Days (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/open-days/).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/law_pgdip

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


On successful completion of this course, you are able to proceed to the next stage of legal training. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor, you will be able to begin the Legal Practice Course. If you intend to become a barrister, you can apply for a place on the Bar Professional Training Course. By completing a top-up dissertation you can be awarded a masters in law.

- Lawyer
- Legal Adviser
- Solicitor
- Court Reporter

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course is delivered by staff with significant professional expertise. You will engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism. All students on the course have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

Caroline Acton of Berwins Solicitors in Harrogate completed both the PG Dip Law and the Legal Practice Course at Leeds Law School. She says, "Throughout the course I developed vital professional skills such as interviewing and advising within legal areas."

Core Modules

Law Institutions & Skills
Discover the sources of law and the law making process, and the skills required to interpret and analyse the law.

Foundations of Public Law
You will focus on the law relating to the UK Constitution and the law relating to human rights, anti-terrorism and judicial review.

Foundations of Criminal Law
Examine the general principles of law which govern questions of criminal responsibility, together with selected specific offences.

Foundations of Contract Law
Explore the formation of a contract, the contents and the varying ways that parties may be relieved of their obligations under a contract. You will also examine the consequences of breach of contract.

Foundations of Tort Law
You will explore negligence and its key components, and will explore and examine economic loss, psychiatric harm, occupiers' liability, trespass to the person, nuisance and damages.

Foundations of Property Law
This module considers the law relating to the ownership and transfer of property as well as the various interests that are capable of being created over land.

Independent Legal Research Project
You will prepare a 2000 word literature review leading to the development of a research proposal, followed by the completion of a 5000 word Independent Legal Research project.

Foundations of Equity & Trusts Law
This module considers the creation and use of the trust in the public and private arenas, commercial and domestic relationships and the duties and liabilities of trustees

Foundations of the Law of the European Union
Explore the founding principles of the law of the European Union and develop a critical understanding of the nature and purpose of European developments and regulations.


- Portland
Our Leeds Law School is located in our Portland building, close to the city’s legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Law (PG Dip) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Roger Chadwick

My course gave me an excellent grounding in the legal process covering many different areas of law. Most of my lecturers were former solicitors and the practical experience they shared helped me to prepare for my career in law.

Roger Chadwick
Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Marketing, Awdry, Bailey and Douglas Solicitors


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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