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Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination GDL/CPE


Course Description

About this course

Northumbria’s GDL is taught using a practical, student-focused approach providing a solid grounding in the major areas of law. It covers the foundations of legal knowledge which are taught by means of lectures, group sessions and seminars. Students are provided with comprehensive study materials, textbooks and step-by-step workbooks to support their studies.

At the beginning of the programme students are required to study the English Legal System by means of a pre-attendance package and induction programme.

In addition, students must study the following seven subjects, which are stipulated by the professional bodies as being the foundations of legal knowledge:
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Equity and Trusts
- European Union Law
- Property Law
- Public Law
- Law of Tort

All students are required to undertake research into a further area of law. Past options have included Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Evidence and Legal History among others. Students receive initial guidance on the subject and advice on how to conduct legal research.

Successful GDL students who continue to study at Northumbria are guaranteed a place on the LPC and are entitled to a substantial discount off LPC or BPTC fees.

Please note that although an undergraduate qualification is required for access to the Graduate Law Degree (GDL), the programme is an undergraduate award and adheres to the University’s undergraduate regulations and procedures. Students who apply for the GDL are not eligible for the postgraduate scholarship scheme but on completion of this programme those who progress to the LPC or BPTC at Northumbria will qualify for the scholarship at that stage.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/graduate-diploma-in-law-common-professional-examination-gdlcpe-ft-dtfcpe6/

Please note that students with exemptions who pass the outstanding subjects will pass the programme, but will not generally be awarded the Diploma.

Who would this Course suit?

This course would suit a student with a non-law undergraduate degree who would like to go on to study either the Legal Practice Course with a view to becoming a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course with a view to becoming a barrister.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination GDL/CPE page on the Northumbria University website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in any subject from a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution or a Certificate or Academic Standing from the Law Society or the Bar Council. Applicants who have previously studied four or more of the foundation subjects may obtain an exemption from those subjects. If you are granted a certificate of exemption, the certificate must be shown to us at enrolment. Applications for exemption should be made to the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.

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