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Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma (full-time)


Course Description

About the course

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non-qualifying law degree, who intend to become solicitors or barristers.
•Attendance
Only two days compulsory attendance per week
•Careers and Pro Bono
Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in an extensive range of pro bono activities
•Teaching
Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality.
•Facilities
Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room, integrated law library and book shop.
•Location
Central UK location and attractive city centre campus
•Pastoral Support
Excellent pastoral care and support by staff
•E-learning
Additional online learning support provided via DMU’s Blackboard facility

Entry Requirements (Additional)

The GDL, sometimes referred to as the Common Professional Exam (CPE), is a course that not everyone is eligible to undertake. You need to prove to us that you meet the SRA’s requirements for admission to the GDL, and for any exemptions that you may request from individual subjects. You need to do that before you start the GDL by providing any documentation we require. A Certificate of Academic Standing is required from the Bar Standards Board if you are going to undertake the BPTC following the GDL. We recommend that you request this before embarking on the GDL. Please contact either for further details.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching sessions are timetabled over two days of the week, with a third devoted to attend careers events and enabling you to be involved in pro-bono work. This gives you three teaching free days in the week to spend on preparation.
*The seven foundation subjects are assessed by exams.
*The English legal system is assessed by a piece of coursework and the additional area of legal study by a 5,000 word assessed project.
*You also have to complete an assessed legal research exercise and two further pieces of assessed coursework.

Graduate careers

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law who intend to become solicitors or barristers. It is recognised by the SRA and BSB as satisfying the requirements of the academic stage of training.

Visit the Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma (full-time) page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have a good honours degree in any subject other than law. If you do not have a first degree but do have appropriate work experience, you will be considered, subject to professional body requirements. If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is normally required. English language tuition is available both before and during the course if required.

Course Fees

2015/16 Tuition Fees: £5,500 (UK/EU), £11,750 (International)


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