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Law diplomas are most common in the United Kingdom where they are a postgraduate law course offered in England and Wales.  In the UK law diplomas are known as Common Professional Examinations (CPE) or Graduate Diplomas in Law (GDL) and are used to qualify non-law graduates for careers in law.  These diplomas are sometimes called law conversion courses because they allow students to convert their undergraduate or graduate degrees into law degrees.

Law diplomas can be taken as full or part-time studies and are generally completed over a one to three year period depending on the course requirements and intensity of study. Law diplomas range from full qualifications to credit towards a law degree, depending on the awarding institution and method of study.  Some law diplomas involve coursework, while others are research-based and assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

In the UK, law diplomas are regulated by the Law Society of England Wales and are designed to allow students of various academic backgrounds to pursue law as a career.  Other current and former Commonwealth countries or regions often offer similar law diploma courses. In South Africa, postgraduate law diplomas generally serve as a formalized specialization within a field of law. In Italy and France, successful completion of a law degree and a professional exam confers a law diploma, after which a student can take the oath required to practice law.

If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree and would like to pursue a career in law, use the list below to find law diplomas.  You can find out more about each course by clicking on ‘Read Me’ and then contact the admissions office directly using the form on the page.

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University of Law GDL Courses

Get on the case with our unique modular Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Part-time course over 21 months. The University of Law's (ULaw) unique GDL spreads the wo ... [+]

Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Part-time

Get on the case with our unique modular Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Part-time course over 21 months.

The University of Law's (ULaw) unique GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach.

Our modular GDL enables students to immerse themselves fully in the law in a short space of time.

Here are just some of the reasons why our GDL is best placed to help you prepare for your future legal career:

A better-paced programme Our better paced GDL makes it manageable to learn vast amounts of law in a very short space of time. Immersive learning with no excessive end of course assessments Unlike linear GDL programmes, where all subjects run together at the same time, our unique course structure is very similar to your first degree and is spread over two semesters, meaning you can actually 'bank' some exams in the first semester and therefore remove any excessive end of course assessment burden. Teaching by qualified lawyers You'll be taught by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience. Course Requirements Students are required to possess a 2:2 or above from an undergraduate degree in any discipline. Mature non-graduates or overseas graduates seeking to become a future barrister should apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Stand Board (BSB). Those wishing to become a future solicitor should send their qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether or not you are eligible for the... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
21 months
Online
U Law Hong Kong

The University of Law's (ULaw) unique GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our modular GDL enables students to immerse themselves fully in the law in a s ... [+]

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - Full-time. Reg. No. 252955

Get on the case with our unique modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) Reg. No. 252955

The University of Law's (ULaw) unique GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach.

Our modular GDL enables students to immerse themselves fully in the law in a short space of time.

Here are just some of the reasons why our GDL is best placed to help you prepare for your future legal career:

A better-paced programme Our better paced GDL makes it manageable to learn vast amounts of law in a very short space of time. Immersive learning with no excessive end of course assessments Unlike linear GDL programmes, where all subjects run together at the same time, our unique course structure is very similar to your first degree and is spread over two semesters, meaning you can actually 'bank' some exams in the first semester and therefore remove any excessive end of course assessment burden. Teaching by qualified lawyers ... [-]
Hong Kong
January 2020
Full-time
9 months
Campus
The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes

If you have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a solicitor, we offer three options including an LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management to make your business ready. ... [+]

Legal Practice Course (LPC) - accelerated

If you have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a solicitor, we offer three options including an LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management to make your business ready.

Qualify with an LPC, with the option to gain an MSc or LLM at no extra cost Develop your commercial awareness, critical thinking and the necessary professional skills to prepare you for the challenges of being a solicitor Tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects Study your LPC with a Masters and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan

With a clear focus on your future employability, we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our LPC Employment Promise. Get a job in nine months, or we’ll give you 100% of your fees back: 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses.... [-]

United Kingdom London
January 2020
Full-time
6 months
Campus
LSBF Singapore

The main aim of the Diploma in Law is to give students the legal knowledge and practical insight into the workings of the legal industry. In particular, students will get ... [+]

Diploma in Law

The main aim of the Diploma in Law is to give students the legal knowledge and practical insight into the workings of the legal industry. In particular, students will get an insight into the workings of law firms and the role that they can play in law firms across Singapore. Holders of the Diploma will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories and concepts in law.

Course Requirements Minimum Age: At least 18 years old Minimum Academic Entry Requirement: Two passes in GCE A Level Examinations; or Completion of equivalent High School qualification (12 years); or Pass in appropriate Foundation / Certificate programme; or Other similar qualifications; or Mature Entry Route (MER) Minimum age of 21 plus work experience (2 years min) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis Minimum English Language Entry Requirement: Achieved a grade C6 or better in English language O level; or Equivalent qualification e.g. IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550; or LSBF PCE Advanced. All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of their linguistic ability by gaining a minimum level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, prior to receiving an offer for the course. Work Experience: A minimum of 1-year work experience in a legal position work be an advantage Duration Full-time: 8 months Part-time: 12 months Intake Full-time/Full-time: Every 2 months/ modular Intake falls in July, September, November Full-time/Part-time: Every 3 months/ modular Intake falls in July, October Career Path Legal industry... [-]
Singapore
November 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 - 12 months
Campus
Reeves College

Become an integral part of a legal office by entering Reeves College's Legal Assistant program. Legal Assistants are well respected and well paid members of a legal team. ... [+]

Become an integral part of a legal office by entering Reeves College's Legal Assistant program. Legal Assistants are well respected and well paid members of a legal team. The Legal Assistant diploma program at Reeves College trains you to enter the challenging and fascinating world of law.

The program combines administrative skills with extensive legal training. Students receive an Internet and core computing certification and study advanced keyboarding and business communications, as well as other day-to-day administrative tasks. The intensive program introduces students to the Canadian court system and covers all aspects of the law, including family law, corporate law, real estate, criminal law, and litigation. Students also learn the procedures for legal documentation and handling evidence. The program includes a practicum placement where students will work in a law office. Graduates are ready to enter the legal world working as a Legal Assistants in settings such as a private law firm, corporate or government offices.... [-]

Canada Calgary Lethbridge Edmonton
September 2020
Full-time
43 weeks
Campus
University of Essex Online

Our PG Dip International Trade and Commercial Law course* offers an advanced qualification that is designed to build on your knowledge from the PG Cert programme modules ... [+]

Our PG Dip International Trade and Commercial Law course* offers an advanced qualification that is designed to build on your knowledge from the PG Cert programme modules and also introduce legal research skills and methods, international carriage of goods, private international law, intellectual property law and international commercial dispute resolution.

Law is a widely recognized and highly respected subject and the knowledge gained on our PG Dip International Trade and Commercial Law will open up many opportunities for you to develop your career a high-level career in an international law firm, multinational company or governmental organization.

*The start date of this course is still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund is given.... [-]

United Kingdom Colchester
Open Enrollment
Full-time
16 months
Online
Université Catholique de Bukavu

The Catholic University of Bukavu organizes a DES (Diploma of Specialized Studies) in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law through the Regional Center for Huma ... [+]

Diploma of Specialized Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Catholic University of Bukavu organizes a DES (Diploma of Specialized Studies) in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law through the Regional Center for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CERDHO) of the Faculty of Law . Enrollment in this program began and will continue until January 30, 2018.

The DES in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law offer the following courses:

Human rights IHL

The application must contain the following elements:

Letter of registration form addressed to the Vice-Rector Academic Affairs; Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts certified to the original; Detailed updated CV; A passport photo; Birth certificate (recent less than three months); Certificate of Fitness (recent three months); Certificate of good conduct, life, morals and civism (recent less than three months); Recommendation of two professors; Employer's recommendation for worker applications; To have passed at least 65% in the second year of the license and an average of 60% on the whole university course. ... [-]
Congo, DR Bukavu
February 2020
French
Full-time
Campus
European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (ODER) - Faculty of Law

In some professional situations, the opportunity or the need to undertake postgraduate study may be limited to obtain LL.M degree. For some participants, the need to enga ... [+]

Diploma in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Full-time or Part-time Study

In some professional situations, the opportunity or the need to undertake postgraduate study may be limited to obtain LL.M degree. For some participants, the need to engage in a postgraduate study may be restricted either to obtaining a broad understanding of the field or to focusing on the very specific subject matter. In still other cases, the demands of professional life may allow only shorter periods of study for obtaining a postgraduate qualification. For all these reasons, our postgraduate program also includes the possibility of the award of either a Diploma or Certificate in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law based on shorter periods of coursework study.... [-]

Germany Frankfurt an der Oder
April 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 semesters
Campus
University of Technology Sydney

This course is for qualified lawyers from jurisdictions outside Australia who are seeking admission to practise law in NSW. Based on an assessment by the Legal Profession ... [+]

The course requires a minimum of 48 credit points of study, but total credit point requirements and subjects studied vary depending on students' individual LPAB recommendations. All subjects in this degree relate to Australian law – including contract, tort, property, ethics, constitutional and property law. In addition to meeting academic requirements, some students may also be required to complete practical legal training to qualify for admission to practise law in NSW.

Career options include lawyer in NSW within a government or corporate department, private law firm or community law centre, providing students also undertake a course in practical legal training (PLT).

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Australia Sydney
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 1.5 years
Campus
City University of London

Preparation for master's degrees in law and litigation. The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching, and study skills to prepare you ... [+]

An academic study, intensive English language teaching, and study skills to prepare you for entry into a master's degree in international law and litigation.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme? university placement for all successful students a quality-assured university programme access to City, University of London support and facilities Where does it take me?

This course leads to the following master's degrees at City, University of London:

Law

LLM Criminal Litigation LLM International Commercial Law LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM Public International Law LLM Master of Laws LLM Dispute Resolution LLM European Commerical Law LLM International Banking and Finance LLM International Economic Law LLM International Energy Law and Regulation LLM International Human Rights LLM Maritime Law LLM Professional Advocacy What is special about the programme? ... [-]
United Kingdom London
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Full-time
9 months
Campus
triOS College

This program prepares students for pursuing a traditional career path as a law clerk, functioning under the direct supervision of a lawyer. Law clerks are employed in a v ... [+]

This program prepares students for pursuing a traditional career path as a law clerk, functioning under the direct supervision of a lawyer. Law clerks are employed in a variety of settings, including law firms, corporations, non-profit organizations and real estate Title Insurance companies. Law clerks are able to work in substantive areas of law including criminal law, family law, civil litigation, real estate and wills and estates, environmental law, corporate work and health care. Software used in this program includes PCLaw, Automated Civil Litigation (ACL3), Teraview and Conveyancer, Fast Company, Divorcemate, Estate-a-base, and Express Scribe.

Online Research includes Quicklaw, www.canlii.org, www.lsuc.on.ca, and others.... [-]

Canada Mississauga Windsor Toronto Scarborough Oshawa London Kitchener Hamilton Brampton  + 6 More
September 2020
Full-time
52 - 60 weeks
Campus
Abraham Lincoln University

The Diploma in Paralegal Studies program provides the foundation in the field of law necessary to obtain an entry-level position as a legal assistant or paralegal in a la ... [+]

Online Diploma in Paralegal Studies Program

The Diploma in Paralegal Studies program provides the foundation in the field of law necessary to obtain an entry-level position as a legal assistant or paralegal in a law-related setting. Our online or on-campus classes provide an accelerated learning environment in the field of paralegal studies. Paralegal students are given a student-account with Westlaw and become efficient in performing online legal research. Earn your paralegal degree online and advance your career. Contact an ALU admissions representative today to learn how an online degree in paralegal studies can provide you with an exciting new career path for your future.

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USA Los Angeles
September 2020
Part-time
2 semesters
Online
Leadership Community College KSA

Diploma in Business (Specialization in Law) ... [+]

Admission to the LCC Diploma Program is open to students 4 times per year. New students wishing to register for the Diploma Program are advised to fill in and submit the application form as earliest as possible, to be able to register for the limited available place in their required semester.

Admission Entry Requirements to LCC

Entry for admission to the Diploma of Business is open to both nationals of Saudi Arabia and expats of all overseas countries.

Currently, admission is open only to male students. Plans are to open admission for female students from Sept 2017.

Admission Entry requirements into the Diploma of Business Programs are to students of the minimum age of 18 years.... [-]

Saudi Arabia Jeddah
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Bow Valley College

You will become a vital part of the system that is at the foundation of our society, making a difference in the field of justice and your community. ... [+]

Justice Studies Diploma – Law Enforcement

You will become a vital part of the system that is at the foundation of our society, making a difference within the field of justice and your community. You will learn the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the various fields of law enforcement where every day offers unique and exciting challenges.

This 16-month (4 semesters) Diploma program will prepare you for an exciting career within the field of law enforcement as a police officer, sheriff, RCMP officer, or border services officer. Currently serving and recently retired police officers make up the team of exemplary instructors committed to helping you succeed. All Justice Studies students take the same set of courses in Year 1 (criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and criminology) and take courses specific to their specialization in Year 2: Youth Justice, Law Enforcement, or Correctional Studies.... [-]

Canada Calgary
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Full-time
16 months
Campus
Kensington and Chelsea College

This pathway is intended for students who wish to study for a Law degree at University but do not have the required entry qualifications. Our Diploma is recognized by all ... [+]

This pathway is intended for students who wish to study for a Law degree at University but do not have the required entry qualifications. Our Diploma is recognized by all HE Institutions: last year all of our successful students went on to study law at University. Many students continue to read law at prestigious universities such as SOAS, Cambridge, Kings, and Exeter.

This Diploma covers a wide range of areas within law such as tort, contract, and criminal law in preparation for degree level with a strong focus on core modules required at university. You will also study the English legal system and take part in mock trials in units such as the trial process.

The course equips students with the tools needed to study law at the undergraduate level by developing legal research skills, improving their essay writing, examination, and note-taking techniques through study skills.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
35 weeks
Campus