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Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination)

Course Description

Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, this programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal areas. Those who have studied a non-law degree before converting can be particularly attractive to employers as they offer additional skills and experience.

Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and seminars and an open door policy for receiving academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a dedicated careers and employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.

You will begin by developing a strong understanding of the English Legal System, alongside an introduction to legal research and law-related information technology.
You will then move onto the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, a series of units that will introduce core legal concepts. This knowledge will lay the foundation for your future training at LPC or BPTC
level. The Legal Skills and Practice module is specifically designed to bridge the gap between academic and professional study.

These courses are delivered at the University’s purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a range of professional backgrounds. Your tuition will be delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, directed learning and electronic learning. There is the opportunity to expand your legal network through attendance at our guest speaker and careers events, and to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes providing pro bono legal services to those who would otherwise be unable to access them.

The course runs from September to June but prior to this you will receive an induction pack, including a link to our online revision and self-testing resources. Our induction programme is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of the English legal system and an introduction to Manchester Law School and the facilities we offer.

For full-time students, the course operates a typical teaching week of 40-45 hours including an average of 13 hours face-to-face contact teaching time.

Part-time students learn via a mix of lectures, face-to-face and online workshops. Classes are typically on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9pm. An evening consists of a one hour lecture in two subjects together with an hour long tutorial in one of those subjects (with the other subject tutorial the following week).

Manchester Law School alumni have found success in a range of law firms, barristers chambers and non-legal organisations in the UK and internationally, including some of the most well known names in the profession.

There are opportunities for GDL students to take part in pro bono (voluntary) work experience in a wide range of areas. Manchester Law School currently works with partners including: Lawworks, Partners of Prisoners (POPs), Amicus, Personal Support Unit and Manchester Mediation Service. We are continually adding to our portfolio of pro bono partners, which extends and improves the opportunities for GDL students to experience legal work first hand.

Special Features

. Over 30 years of educating the professional legal community in Manchester and beyond.
. Opportunity to gain valuable work experience and boost your CV with pro bono work.
. Traditional tried-and-tested teaching methods concentrating on face-to-face direct involvement with students.
. New ‘professional skills and practice’ unit to further prepare you for a career in law.
. These courses are delivered at the purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a range of professional backgrounds.
. Excellent value for money
. Scholarships available

Want to meet the staff and find out more?
We hold a number of open days, drop-ins and postgraduate events throughout the year which are a perfect opportunity to meet the tutors, view the facilities and get all your questions answered. To see when the next GDL event is taking place please visit our website

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination) page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have a UK honours degree in any subject or international equivalent. A 3rd class honours degree will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and not if the candidate wishes to practice at the Bar. Students without a UK honours degree, or holding an overseas degree must apply to the correct authority for a certificate of academic standing (SRA for prospective solicitors and BSB for prospective barristers). Because of the popularity if the GDL, preference is usually given to higher classifications.

Course Fees

Full-time UK and EU students: £6,000. Part-time UK and EU students: £3,000 per year. Non-EU overseas students £11,000.

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