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Dip (Grad) in Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE)

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Sussex is an academically rigorous course that provides a respected legal qualification, and can set you on the road to qualification as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional. This is a highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track qualification, which meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Most of the teaching staff are research active experts, so you are exposed to the most
important, current and relevant developments in the field. With a typical student to GDL teaching staff ratio of 4:1, you are well supported throughout your studies.

The Sussex GDL offers the rare opportunity to undertake a year-long dissertation project. This allows you to research and write in-depth about a subject of your choice, with support and advice from your supervisor and the course team. You also have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as client interviewing, mock trials, mooting and negotiating. These enable you to hone your legal practice skills, and give you the chance to enter national and
international competitions where you will widen your professional network.

Additional Entry Information

Applications are made through the Central Applications Board. Refer to Essentials for details. Applicants with non-UK degrees, who intend to practice as a barrister, require a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board before they can register on the course.

Course Structure

Core modules
•Criminal Law (GDL)
•Dissertation (GDL)
•Equity and Trusts (GDL)
•Introduction to English Legal System (GDL)
•Land Law (GDL)
•Law and Policy of the European Union (GDL)
•Public Law (GDL)
•Self-development and Legal Education
•The Law of Contract (GDL)
•The Law of Tort (GDL)


You will be assessed mainly through a mix of unseen exams, essays and a dissertation.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the Dip (Grad) in Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Student Profiles

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
50% off international student tuition fee[[Further information]]
Successful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.

When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Chichester 1, Ci003
East Sussex
Email: [email protected]

Fax Number: +441273873344

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree.Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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