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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Course Description

Our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Fast-track your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, your first step into law if you have already completed a non-law undergraduate degree.

Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits.

Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.

With a clear focus on your future employability, we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our Employment Promise guaranteeing you a job within 9 months or 50% of your money back.

Why choose our GDL?

Here are just some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor or barrister:

‌•We’ve teamed up with leading law firms to design a course that encourages you to think like a lawyer from the start

‌•You’ll develop essential legal skills, and learn by experience through practical workshops and problem-based learning

‌•You’ll receive unrivalled face-to-face teaching and tutor support from qualified lawyers with practical experience; so you will know what to expect in real-life situations

‌•Our GDL is endorsed by leading law firms, and we're the preferred training provider to over 30 of them

‌•Flexible study options - choose to study full-time, part-time or via our supported online distance learning programme

‌•Get award winning careers support to help you stand out from the crowd as soon as you accept your place

Course Content

The practical application of the knowledge and skills learned in our lectures* and small group workshops, supported by our innovative online learning resources including recordings of live lectures, gives you the edge over other candidates in the competitive job market.

The course is divided into nine modules, made up of seven foundations subjects, a module at the start of the course providing insight into the profession and a self-study module enabling you to study an area of law that you would like to specialise in.

You'll start with our online pre-course study programme on legal method, designed specifically to prepare you for the GDL, so you're up to speed when you arrive.

Our online pre-course study programme in legal method is a compulsory and integral part of the GDL and must be completed before you start the course. It has been designed to allow you to work at your own pace and should take you approximately 50 hours to complete.

* for i-GDL students lectures will be made available as recordings

Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

‌•This unique module taken at the start of the course includes:
‌•Insight into the different areas of the legal profession
‌•Consideration of the role of legal ethics within the profession
‌•Development of key legal skills and professional attributes required by lawyers

Foundation subjects

You’ll then study the seven key areas of law:

‌•Contract law

You’ll deal with how contracts are made, what happens when they work properly and the remedies available when they go wrong. You’ll look at contract issues which are relevant for both the consumer and business client. In practice, whether you are dealing with contracts in the corporate or commercial world you will be applying the basic principles of contract law that you cover on the course.

‌•Criminal law

You probably feel you already know something about criminal law. In fact, the detailed workings of crimes like corporate manslaughter are even more intricate and fascinating than you might have thought. On this course, you'll also grapple with ethical issues, such as whether taking another person's life can ever be justified or excused.
Equity and trusts

On this module you'll deal with: the making of gifts, the creation of trusts, the role of trustees in both the family and the wider commercial context, and the remedies against trustees who commit a breach of trust.

‌•European Union law

In EC law, you'll assess the impact that British membership of the European Community has had on the English legal system.

‌•Land law

You'll study the law relating to the ownership of land, the creation of rights over land such as rights of way and the impact those rights have on the current and future owners of the land.

‌•Public law

This module looks at the relationship between Parliament, the Government and the courts, and between the state and individual citizens. You’ll explore the most important aspects of this relationship, including the principles on which the UK constitution is based.


Tort simply means ‘civil wrong’ and on this course you will study the various ways in which individuals or businesses seek a remedy (often in the form of compensation) for harm which they have suffered or become liable for damage which they have caused.

‌•Research project module
In this module you will plan, research and write an essay, tailored to reflect the area of law in which you intend to specialise. You will have time dedicated in your timetable to undertake this work and detailed guidance on both legal research and legal essay writing skills.

How to Apply

Please visit this link http://www.lawcabs.ac.uk/


This course is available at all University of Law locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guilford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Leeds.http://www.law.ac.uk/locations/

Further Information

For more information on funding, eligibility, course content, structure and assessment, dates and locations, course fees and the application process, please visit this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/lpc/

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

(Student Profile)

William Quamina

''The GDL isn’t just learning the law; it’s learning how to think like a lawyer''


The Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies - 20+ Awards

The Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies is exclusively available for University of Law students
Borrow up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living expenses; no need to repay until six months after you finish your final courseThe Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies is available for GDL, LPC and BPTC courses at any of our centres and for full-time, part-time and online students who meet Metro Bank’s eligibility criteria.You could borrow between £1,000 and £25,000 and only have to start paying it back six months after you complete your study with us (providing you do not take a study gap** between any courses or switch from full time to part time course mid term). For example, if you study our GDL and go on immediately to study the LPC or BPTC with us, there’s no need to commence repayments of your GDL loan until you finish your final course.You can apply for a Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan up to six months before your course start date. You must however have accepted an offer before you apply for the loan. Last year 95% of all loan applications submitted by University of Law students were approved by Metro Bank.
Key features‌•Use the loan to cover all or part of your course fee (minimum £1,000, maximum £25,000*).
‌•Borrow up to 20% of your full course fee amount to cover living expenses (subject to the total maximum loan amount of £25,000).
‌•Defer repayments until up to six months after you finish your studies with The University of Law (providing you do not take a study gap** between courses).
‌•Up to five years to repay from the repayment start date.
‌•No early repayment charges.
‌•Course fees paid directly to The University of Law – no need to worry about meeting fee instalment dates.
‌•Living expenses paid directly to your nominated bank account.
‌•Interest will be added to the principal amount during the repayment holiday, including during the course.
‌•Should you intermit or defer your study after applying for a Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan, your loan will be affected. All payments yet to be released will be cancelled and your loan will enter repayment after the six month grace period. Once you return to your studies you will need to revisit the funding options available to cover any remaining costs you may have.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £25,000


You must be aged 18 or over and be a UK resident to apply

Application Procedure

Follow this link https://metrobank.icehosted.com/MetroBank/Web/Landing/Begin

Further Information



Future Finance Student Loans - 20+ Awards

Loan highlights‌•Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
‌•Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address
‌•Loans are available to students studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level
‌•Loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation
‌•Students can apply for up to four payment breaks of three months each during the loan period
‌•Representative 10.8% APR (variable)

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address

Application Procedure

Students with an offer can submit an application online up to nine months prior to course start.You would need to submit an application via the Future Finance website. https://universityoflaw.futurefinance.com/The University of Law will be required to verify your enrolment on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have undergone registrationAny loan funds requested for tuition will be released directly to The University of Law to be applied towards your tuition.

Further Information



University of Law postgraduate scholarships - No. of awards TBC

At The University of Law, we are committed to widening participation to those wishing to study law. We are offering a comprehensive range of scholarships and law bursary schemes with a fund of more than £400,000 available.
Financial contributions are available towards all postgraduate course fees and are available to those whose circumstances may otherwise prevent them from entering the legal profession. This may include those who do not possess the traditional qualifications or means to study at university.We are continuing to offer discretionary financial awards for July 2016 applicants with strong academic credentials. The available funds for such awards are limited and are awarded on the basis of merit and need.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household where the average income for the last 12 months has been £25,000 or less.

Application Procedure

You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household where the average income for the last 12 months has been £25,000 or less.Register your interest in one of the awards listed below to commence the application process. You’ll receive an email to confirm your registration and to explain the next steps of the application process. As part of the application, you will be required to take an online skills assessment.Note that by registering your interest below, depending on your eligibility, you could be put forward for multiple scholarships and bursaries. Successful applicants will only be eligible for one award.Any queries about the scholarships and bursaries available should be directed to our scholarships team via [email protected] wish you the best of luck.

Further Information



Choose Law Full-Fee Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The University of Law are offering four full-fee scholarships to students wishing to studythe GDL, BPTC or LPC in September 2016, giving you the opportunity to choose law, irrespective of your financial situation.Entry criteria: You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree or international equivalent.Personal information required: ‌•Full name
‌•Name of institution studying / have studied with
‌•Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent)
‌•Household income in the last 12 months
‌•Any challenges that the student may be facing that would not allow them to study with usProcess: On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to take an online skills assessment and if successful, you will be required to submit a short essay on a law related topic. Students who submit an essay but are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for one of our four runner up awards, each worth £2,000.Deadlines:‌•The deadline for completing the online skills assessment is 16 June 2016.
‌•The deadline for submitting the short essay is 30 June 2016.
‌•Successful candidates will be notified by 1 August 2016.
‌•The deadlines for January 2017 will be published in due course. We will also be offering a full-fee scholarship for January 2017 courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree or international equivalent.

Application Procedure

The application process will be announced in September 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2), or an equivalent qualification. Please see website for more details View Website

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