The University of Law
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Your legal career starts here. Our modular GDL is the pathway into practice for non-law graduates.
Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, and building your career in another discipline, you will have gained many transferable skills. By choosing law at a later stage than some others, you are showing motivation and determination to pursue a new career. Employers actively seek candidates with these benefits.
Our structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with lectures** and practical workshops to develop your legal skills.
Our GDL is modular. This means that you complete the exam at the end each semester while the information is still fresh in your mind, similar to how you might have done for your undergraduate degree.
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:Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through small group workshops and problem-based learningExplore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or our unique Law of Organisations moduleWith our structured study pattern, foundation module assessment and teaching is spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semesterFlexible study – choose to study at one of our locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time evening and weekend courses and online (i-GDL).Access award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract and pupillage applications The MA Law is an alternative to the GDL which is a Master’s Level qualification. Study our MA Law, and you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.
Our GDL*** (Reg. No. 252955) is also available at our first international campus in Hong Kong. Find out more >
* According to our latest available data, 97% of our full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2017/17 LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course. ** For part-time and i-GDL students lectures will be made available as recordings. ***This course is registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.
To be eligible to take up your place on the course, you must comply with the following requirements:A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2), or an equivalent qualification.Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates:
Future barristers – please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)Future solicitors – please send your qualifications through to who can deem whether you are eligible for the course A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course. Please note that students providing a degree from a UK university as proof of English must have studied the whole degree in the UK.If you have a legal qualification from outside England and Wales or have studied aspects of law as part of a non-qualifying degree course, you may be exempted from certain elements of the course. If this applies to you:
Future barristers – please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)Future solicitors – please send your qualifications through to who can deem whether you are eligible for the course If you are claiming full exemptions for the course, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Exemption from the Bar Standards Board or Equivalent Means from the Solicitors Regulation Authority Further information can be obtained from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers)
If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a majority English speaking country:
A certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning. Providers that we would suggest you contact are listed below.
Pre-sessional English course
We are now offering a pre-sessional English course to students who need to improve their English skills in order to meet the IELTS requirements for entry onto the course. Read more
English language requirements IELTS (academic)Overall band score of 6.5 with no one component below 6.0. ISE III (Trinity College London)Pass in all four components Pearsons (academic)Score of 58 with no one component below 51 Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (tests taken from January 2015)
Overall 176 with no one component below 169 Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)
Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)
Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)
Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course. It is important you check out any queries before you apply.
Full-time and i-GDL selection criteria
Academic performance at school and universityDemonstration of an informed decision to study lawAny special circumstances revealed in your applicationAcademic or other references Part-time (Evening/Weekend) selection criteria
Open access, subject to the above entry requirements The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.
Progression for January start Full-time GDL and September start Full-time i-GDL students
Please note that due to the projected end date of the course, you will not be eligible to commence the BPC or LPC that year (i.e. January 2019 Full time GDL and September 2018 Full-time i-GDL students will not be able to commence the BPC in September 2019). The earliest start date for the BPC will be September 2020 and for the LPC, January 2020.
You are advised to make your own enquiries with any professional bodies to which you may seek admission, to determine whether you will meet all their requirements, including academic, character and suitability requirements. The University cannot be held responsible for any decisions subsequently taken by a professional body concerning these requirements. Visa requirements
Further information for visa students
Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to
It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course.
Before you start your GDL you will need to complete 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.
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 choice of module enabling you to study an area of law that you would like to specialise in.
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 professionConsideration of the role of legal ethics within the professionDevelopment of key legal skills and professional attributes required by lawyers Foundation subjects
You’ll then study the seven key areas of law:Public lawEuropean Union lawCriminal lawTortContract lawLand lawEquity and trusts Choose between one of the following modules:
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.
Law of Organisations module….. click apply for full job details
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