This is a one year full-time conversion course for non-law graduates who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Successful completion of the course allows candidates to proceed to the LPC or BPTC. It is also available by distance learning. Overseas students should note that the GDL is usually only recognised as a qualifying law programme within the UK.
For non-law graduates interested in becoming a solicitor or barrister, it is the stepping stone to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and a career as a solicitor or barrister thereafter. The course is approved by the Law Society and Bar Standards Board. Lectures and tutorials are designed to encourage interactive learning, where students learn in small groups.
Students who successfully complete this course are guaranteed a place on Nottingham Law School's excellent-rated Legal Practice Course (LPC). Successful candidates intending to be barristers are also looked upon favourably for a place on our Bar Professional Training Course.
Students who successfully complete the GDL followed by Nottingham Law School's LPC or BPTC have the opportunity of obtaining a full LLB (known as a graduate LLB), reflecting the significant effort and achievement of the combination of a GDL and an LPC/BPTC.
Initially, I was drawn to Nottingham Law School having heard of its excellent reputation for its professional courses. However, as I explored further into the GDL course, the Law School and the University, it quickly became apparent that I had found a place that would provide me with ample opportunity to flourish.
I have always believed that knowledge goes hand in hand with practical experience, therefore I was very attracted by the prospect of working within the Legal Advice Centre, and the many other pro bono opportunities that Nottingham Law School has to offer. I felt that engaging in legal work opportunities would provide me with well-rounded skills that future employers would see merit in.
I am extremely fortunate that in such a short space of time my greatest achievement at Nottingham Law School is tied between two occasions. The first is being selected by His Honour John Samuels QC as a mentee for 2015/16, and the second is securing a place on the select Law in Practice module. The latter achievement allows for my work in the Legal Advice Centre to count towards the mark for my GDL diploma.
For a long time now my career ambition has been to practise as a Barrister and I am working tirelessly to ensure this is fulfilled. For the immediate future however, I will apply to Nottingham Law School for a place on the distinguished BPTC course and after which I plan to have Pupillage secured and ready to put me one step closer to my ambition.
A good first degree (minimum 2.2 or above). Applicants should ensure that their referee provides a full reference in support of their application.
2014 entry: £7800 Full-time and £3,900 (per year) Part-time
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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