The Bournemouth University Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination (GDL/CPE) is a one year (or two year part-time) course, intended primarily for non-law graduates planning to enter the legal profession.
This course is primarily aimed at non-law graduates from UK universities who are planning to enter the legal profession. If you do not have a UK or Irish undergraduate degree but do have relevant academic qualifications or significant vocational experience, you may also be eligible to join the course – contact us for more details.
Although it is fundamentally aimed at entry to the legal profession, it is a highly valued qualification in its own right and supports a wide range of career opportunities. The course is approved by both The Bar Council and the SRA.
The course offers a learning environment with focused support and attention. The course is based around a small group which means you will benefit from individual time with our academic staff. The teaching team is made up of experienced academics whose education is informed by their professional qualifications and experience and by their research and publication interests.
The course is also delivered part-time at the GTA University Centre (Guernsey)
This course covers the foundations of legal knowledge required by The Law Society and The General Council of the Bar. It has eight taught units.
You'll have the opportunity to research and write a paper on a further area of law that interests you, and that you may wish to pursue in the future.
You can study this course full-time for one year or part-time for two years at our Talbot Campus, or part-time for two years at the GTA University Centre in Guernsey.