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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Course Description

The GDL is a one year course when studied full time or a two year course when studied part time. In either case, it begins with a short introduction to the institutions and procedures of the legal system in England and Wales, followed by in-depth study of the seven “foundation subjects” of Land Law, Contract, Tort, Equity and Trusts, Public Law, Criminal Law and European Union Law. In addition, students write an extended essay on a topic taken from a different area of law. As well as developing legal skills within the curriculum, students also have opportunities to acquire hands-on experience by taking part in one of several pro-bono schemes run by the Law School; also by taking part in other activities such as mooting, negotiating, client interviewing competitions and legal discussion groups, all of which are designed to increase the confidence, skills and employability of students.

Typical graduates from this programme will be able to:
*demonstrate awareness and understanding of the main institutions, procedures and doctrines of the legal system of England and Wales;
*identify and describe the main principles and doctrines of Land Law, Contract, Tort, Equity and Trusts, Public Law, Criminal Law and European Union Law, and the inter-relationship between different areas of law in their national and European contexts;
*support propositions of law or doctrine with reference to primary sources;
*when presented with a problem question involving a complex set of facts raising issues of law and which permits of alternative interpretations, identify and apply the relevant principles to the facts to reach legally justifiable conclusions and present arguments in support;
*when presented with a proposition to discuss or a question on issues of law, identify relevant principles and discuss and evaluate these as appropriate, justifying the conclusions or advice, identifying any important areas of academic debate and referring to academic writing where appropriate;
*critically evaluate aspects of the law in their wider social and economic contexts;
*conduct effective legal research to identify and use information from a range of sources including legislation, case law and scholarly articles.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The usual academic requirement is an Honours Degree from a UK University in a non-law subject, Class 2.2 or above. Applicants from overseas or with non-standard qualifications must apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (if you are planning on qualifying as a barrister) or Solicitors Regulation Authority (if you are planning on qualifying as a solicitor)

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