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Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination)

Course Description

The course

Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career but don’t have an undergraduate degree in law, or who have significant work experience but no formal qualifications, this programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal areas. Those who have studied a non-law degree before converting, or those with significant work experience, 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 academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.

What you will study

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 and is fundamental to anyone working within the legal world. The Legal Skills and Practice module is specifically designed to help you to apply the law to practical scenarios and to bridge the gap between academic and professional study, particularly in the skill of mooting.


• Contract
• Tort
• Legal Skills and Practice
• Public Law
• Criminal Law
• Land Law
• Equity and Trusts
• EU

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, workshops, directed learning and electronic learning.

There is the opportunity to expand your legal network through attendance at our guest speaker programme and to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes that offer pro bono legal services to those who would otherwise be unable to access them. 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 workshops and online workshops.

You will receive informal assessment and feedback from your tutors throughout the course, but your final result is based on seven end-of-year examinations, two pieces of written coursework and a moot.

Career prospects

Manchester Law School has alumni 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.

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

Entry Requirements

Course Fees

Full-time UK and EU students: please visit mmu.ac.uk | For non EU overseas students: please visit mmu.ac.uk.

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