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 conve… Read more

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
Birmingham, United Kingdom +5 More

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our modular GDL enables st ... +

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) 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. -
Diploma
Part-time
21 months
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes
Bristol, United Kingdom +6 More

Our PGDip in Legal Technology is available for both law and non-law graduates, providing you with an insight into this rapidly developing area. You will learn the basics of th ... +

Our PGDip in Legal Technology is available for both law and non-law graduates, providing you with an insight into this rapidly developing area. You will learn the basics of this exciting and often disruptive technology in a legal context and the regulation which is being formed around it. -
Diploma
Full-time
34 weeks
English
Jan 2020
Campus
Online
 
Université Catholique de Bukavu
Bukavu, Congo, DR

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 Rig ... +

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 . -
Diploma
Full-time
French
Feb 2020
Campus
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

UTS has established expertise and a reputation for providing courses relevant to the needs of the patent and trade mark professions. The UTS Intellectual Property program is t ... +

UTS has established expertise and a reputation for providing courses relevant to the needs of the patent and trade mark professions. The UTS Intellectual Property program is the first at an Australian university that fulfils the entire educational requirements for registration as a registered Trans-Tasman patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board, as well as registration as an Australian trade marks attorney. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
University of Deusto
Bilbao, Spain

International Studies at the Faculty of Law of Deusto have a long career in both the field of teaching and in the field of research (Erasmus Mundus PLus, European Projects H20 ... +

International Studies at the Faculty of Law of Deusto have a long career in both the field of teaching and in the field of research (Erasmus Mundus PLus, European Projects H2020). -
Diploma
Full-time
10 weeks
English
Campus
 
City University of London
London, United Kingdom

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 for ... +

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 for entry into a university master's degree. -
Diploma
Full-time
9 months
English
Campus
 
Bow Valley College
Calgary, Canada

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.

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. -
Diploma
Full-time
16 months
English
Campus
 
BPP University
Manchester, United Kingdom +2 More

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the conversion course for non-law graduates who want to qualify as either solicitors or barristers. We have created additional professiona ... +

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the conversion course for non-law graduates who want to qualify as either solicitors or barristers. We have created additional professional skills workshops to help boost your practical skills, developed in conjunction with leading law firms to prepare you for practice. -
Diploma
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Kensington and Chelsea College
London, United Kingdom

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 I ... +

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. -
Diploma
Full-time
35 weeks
English
Campus
 
triOS College
Mississauga, Canada +8 More

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 variet ... +

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. -
Diploma
Full-time
52 weeks
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Abraham Lincoln University
Los Angeles, USA

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-rel ... +

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 on 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. -
Diploma
Part-time
2 semesters
English
Sep 2020
Online
 
Leadership Community College KSA
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Diploma in Business (Specialization in Law)

Diploma in Business (Specialization in Law) -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Law GDL Courses
UK Online, United Kingdom

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our modular GDL enables st ... +

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) 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. -
Diploma
Part-time
21 months
English
Jan 2020
Online
 
University of Law GDL Courses
Birmingham, United Kingdom +6 More

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our modular GDL enables st ... +

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) 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. -
Diploma
Part-time
21 months
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Law GDL Courses
UK Online, United Kingdom

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our modular GDL enables st ... +

Get on the case with our modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) 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. -
Diploma
Full-time
12 months
English
Jan 2020
Online