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GDIPL Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies is an intensive one year course designed to allow non-law graduates to shift to a law career. Following successful completion of the Diploma, students are eligible to progress to either the Legal Practice Course for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course for those wishing to qualify at the bar.


The programme is designed to assist you in developing the active mind of a lawyer, introducing you to the legal skills necessary for the study of law and providing an understanding of the methods and processes of the English Legal System. The seven foundation subjects are each taught as one semester modules in either autumn or spring. The seven foundation subjects are: Constitutional and Administrative Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, EU Law, Land Law, Law of Trusts and Tort Law.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with two lectures a week and a two hour fortnightly seminar for each subject. Alongside taught modules you will write a 4,000 - 5,000 word research project completed under the supervision of a member of Faculty. The Law School is also home to an active student law society and offers a broad range of extra-curricular activities.


The Law School postgraduate student community rarely exceeds 100 each year, as the aim is to offer small group teaching, allowing students to benefit from the knowledge and experience of lecturers who are national and international leaders in their field. A continuous control process ensures that teaching quality continues to develop. Students have access to a number of quality-control channels including student feedback forms, debriefing meetings, and the Student Liaison Committee to help us monitor, evaluate and develop current practice.


The Law School runs an internship programme, providing opportunities for work experience in legal environments, including law firms and in-house legal departments. Law School graduates have progressed to a wide variety of successful careers, from private practice in local and international firms to government legal departments and international organisations, from universities to industry and commerce.

Visit the GDIPL Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

Student Profiles

The Law School, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to The Law School as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The Law School, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Open to applicants with a good 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) from any subject, excluding Law, for students who have studied in the UK. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) specify eligibility requirements for this GDL - all applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet these.

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