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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 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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The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes
Bristol, United Kingdom +3 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
Sep 2021
Campus
Online
 
University of Law SQE
London, United Kingdom +10 More

Learn to think like a lawyer with our new Postgraduate Diploma in Law conversion course. This course is the pathway into practice for non-law graduates who want to progress on ... +

Learn to think like a lawyer with our new Postgraduate Diploma in Law conversion course. This course is the pathway into practice for non-law graduates who want to progress onto the SQE1 Preparation Course, our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) to qualify as a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to qualify as a barrister. Our PGDL offers you a great chance to make the transition into legal study with excellent levels of support and guidance from our experienced, professional tutors. -
Diploma
Full-time
9 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Universidad Internacional de Andalucía UNIA
Málaga, Spain

The need to train experts in the field of application of the Law who are fluent in the English language is given by the increasing relevance that this language has professiona ... +

The need to train experts in the field of application of the Law who are fluent in the English language is given by the increasing relevance that this language has professionally in the different areas of the practice of Law, both at the level of international trade, and in the treatment with foreign residents, especially due to the fact that English has become the new lingua franca. -
Diploma
Part-time
5 months
English, Spanish
25 Jan 2022
15 Jan 2022
Online
 

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SAIT - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Calgary, Canada

Prepare for a career in the legal profession with SAIT’s Legal Assistant diploma. Discover how to be an integral part of a legal practice with highly specialized legal adminis ... +

Prepare for a career in the legal profession with SAIT’s Legal Assistant diploma. Discover how to be an integral part of a legal practice with highly specialized legal administrative skills. In this practical two-year diploma, your instructors are lawyers and former legal assistants who show you how to assist your lawyer with important tasks on various files. Using industry software on your SAIT-issued laptop, you develop accurate keyboarding and transcription skills - and adapt your strong command of English spelling and grammar to effectively prepare various legal documents. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

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 Admi ... +

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 Admission Board (LPAB) of the Supreme Court of NSW, UTS builds a tailored program of study for each student. Upon successful completion, students meet the academic requirements for admission as a lawyer of the NSW Supreme Court. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
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
Campus
 
U Law Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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 o ... +

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. 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. -
Diploma
Full-time
9 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Karel Englis College
Brno, Czech Republic

The goal of the Economics and Law in Business study programme is to equip its students with theoretical and practical knowledge for management and expert positions in small an ... +

The goal of the Economics and Law in Business study programme is to equip its students with theoretical and practical knowledge for management and expert positions in small and mid-sized companies in all business branches. The program also enables the students to work in public administration and services. The graduates of this programme would mainly benefit from knowledge and skills in applied law for business. -
Diploma
English, Russian, Czech
 
Vysoká škola regionálního rozvoje
Prague, Czech Republic

Does it pull you to detect crime? If you are interested in working for the police, Forensics and Criminology is the focus to help you prepare for it.

Does it pull you to detect crime? If you are interested in working for the police, Forensics and Criminology is the focus to help you prepare for it. -
Diploma
Czech
 
Carteret Community College
Morehead City, USA

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. The study will focus on local, state, and federal law e ... +

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. The study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored. -
Diploma
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Eurasian Humanitarian Institute (Evrazijskij Gumanitarnyj Institut)
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The goals of this program are: providing conditions for receiving qualitative professional education of full value, professional competence in the sphere of jurisprudence; for ... +

The goals of this program are: providing conditions for receiving qualitative professional education of full value, professional competence in the sphere of jurisprudence; formation of the students’ deep theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the sphere. -
Diploma
Full-time
Kazakh
Campus
 
University at Albany
Albany, USA

Study the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence definitions of crime, explain offending and crime rates, sway societal reactions, influence policy, a ... +

Study the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence definitions of crime, explain offending and crime rates, sway societal reactions, influence policy, and shape the criminal justice system. With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice you will be qualified to pursue careers in law enforcement, government, research, and non-profit agencies. You may also consider graduate or law school as your next step -
Diploma
English
 
University of California
Berkeley, USA

With the fully online, innovative Masters of Science, Health Policy and Law degree, you are prepared to serve as an industry leader. The online format lets you take advantage ... +

With the fully online, innovative Masters of Science, Health Policy and Law degree, you are prepared to serve as an industry leader. The online format lets you take advantage of the renowned education from UC Hastings College of the Law and UCSF while you continue to work. Learn alongside students who are just as passionate as you are to solve policy problems and practical dilemmas that our health care system faces each day. -
Diploma
English
 
University of Charleston
Charleston, USA

This program will prepare you for a successful career in the public or private sector, as well as for law and other graduate studies. Our Political Science degree is offered i ... +

This program will prepare you for a successful career in the public or private sector, as well as for law and other graduate studies. Our Political Science degree is offered in three concentrations: Pre-Law, Public Policy, and Criminal Justice. -
Diploma
English
 
Daymar College
Columbus, USA

Daymar College's Associate degree in criminal justice is designed to teach you the fundamental knowledge needed to pursue a career in law enforcement, court administration, ju ... +

Daymar College's Associate degree in criminal justice is designed to teach you the fundamental knowledge needed to pursue a career in law enforcement, court administration, juvenile justice, corrections, loss prevention, or victim assistance. -
Diploma
Full-time
English
Campus