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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE)


Course Description

Key fact

Recent survey’s conducted by Bristol Law School found 86% of students rated the teaching on our GDL as either ‘very good’ or ‘good’– with many saying they particularly appreciated the practical experience of the tutors and level of support given on the course.

Introduction

If you are a non-law graduate looking to enter the legal profession, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) provides your starting point for graduate legal study. It takes you through the academic stage required to become a barrister or solicitor, before you then go on to either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

The GDL at UWE Bristol is highly regarded by both branches of the profession, and many solicitors and barristers choose this route into law, building on the knowledge they have obtained in another academic field to establish a successful legal career.

The legal grounding you need

As the first stage of your legal learning, the GDL takes you through the basics of law in England and Wales and introduces you to legal reasoning, methods and research. As well as this, you will learn how to apply your legal knowledge to the real world, giving you practical insights and skills to take into your vocational training.

Practical, practitioner-led training

The GDL is taught by a dedicated team of solicitors and barristers, who have all practised for many years, and bring their experience to bear on the course with plenty of examples, practical advice and face-to-face support.

Outstanding facilities and opportunities

You will also have access to an impressive range of facilities in our Professional Law Centre as well as the chance to hear from expert legal speakers and take part in our placement scheme. Our aim is to provide as much realism as possible and to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to move confidently along the path towards becoming qualified.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from legal practice, as well as the academic side of law, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly. You will research and discuss real cases and legislation, based on current developments in law, giving you a valuable insight into situations you are likely to face in your legal career.

Study facilities

Bristol Law School has excellent, state-of-the-art facilities, including:
- Dedicated postgraduate study and common rooms
- Mock law courtrooms, with equipment to record advocacy sessions for later analysis
- A 24-hour law library and computer rooms, giving you access to a wide range of legal resources, including Hein Online, LexisNexis, Westlaw and iLaw
- An online learning environment

A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. Located in the heart of the campus, the building will provide innovative teaching spaces, including two showcase law courts, flexible social learning spaces and an external business engagement space. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/visionandmission/uwenewcampus/businessandlawbuilding.aspx

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

See our web site for further information

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