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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 Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). The University of Law's (ULaw) unique GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. ... [+]

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - part-time weekend

Get on the case with our unique modular Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham Bristol Chester Guildford London Manchester Nottingham  + 4 More
September 2019
Part-time
21 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) - part-time weekend

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 Study your LPC with a Masters and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan Access award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract applications as soon as you accept your place

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 Birmingham Manchester Leeds Bristol Guildford Chester London Exeter Nottingham  + 6 More
September 2019
Part-time
22 months
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
January 2020
Full-time
9 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 2019
Full-time
43 weeks
Campus
Manchester Metropolitan University

Designed to prepare you for life as a solicitor, the LPC programme at Manchester Law School will provide you with a thorough and rigorous start to your career. With an em ... [+]

Overview

Practise your legal skills in live situations. And learn the latest theory from academic experts. Manchester Law School gives you the best of both worlds in a supportive university community.

Whether it’s working through a case study in a group, or learning about professional conduct from a leader in the field, we prepare you for life as a solicitor. We develop your legal knowledge while exploring the commercial side of what it takes to succeed.

Real-life practice

You’ll build the skills you need to think and behave as a professional. Interviewing clients, writing letters of advice, preparing legal documents, appearing in court – our interactive course covers it all.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
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 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 semesters
Campus
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 2019
Full-time
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
University of Deusto

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 Project ... [+]

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).

What is an Advanced Program?

It is an advanced program of specialization that allows an intensive and selective deepening in complex and current problems of the international legal reality.

Participant profile

It is an advanced program of specialization for students in the field of Law:

Students with a Degree or Degree in Law

Likewise, they are authorized by the Direction of the Title admitted people with Degree or Degree in International Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology and Business Administration.... [-]

Spain Bilbao
September 2019
Full-time
10 weeks
Campus
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Love working with people from all around the world? People looking for a new way of life often put New Zealand at the top of their wish list – but the immigration process ... [+]

Love working with people from all around the world? People looking for a new way of life often put New Zealand at the top of their wish list – but the immigration process can be difficult and confusing; professional advice is vital.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

On 1 January 2016 the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice replaced the Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice as the pathway to licensing as an immigration adviser for New Zealand.

As admission to the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice has both specified academic and English language requirements, having the necessary documentation to prove that you meet entry criteria will speed the processing of your application.... [-]

New Zealand New Zealand Online
July 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Online
University of Technology Sydney

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 ... [+]

The unique feature of this course is that it may be undertaken entirely online, removing the need for students to attend face-to-face classes.

Graduates can choose subjects that provide an understanding of the principles of: the registered trade mark system in Australia and New Zealand, including the protection of unregistered marks and related forms of protection against misleading or unfair trading conduct in Australia and New Zealand patents law, patents systems, interpretation and validity of, including the content and implications of a patent specification and claims as well as related confidential information and know-how enabling them to advise upon possible questions of patent infringement, validity and compliance design law and practice in Australia and New Zealand, enabling them to advise upon possible questions of design infringement, validity and compliance legal process and professional conduct regulation of trade mark attorneys and Trans-Tasman patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand. Graduates may also choose from optional subjects, including copyright law, global aspects of intellectual property law, intellectual property and traditional knowledge, intellectual property and human rights and intellectual property commercialisation.... [-]

Australia Sydney
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 1.5 years
Campus
iStudy

For a lawyer, it is very hard to manage all of his/her clients, remember and organize their legal stuff, keep a record of case filings, appointments, and record all the l ... [+]

Course Highlights

Diploma in Legal Secretary is an award-winning and the best selling course that has been given the CPD Certification & CiQ GOLD accreditation. It is the most suitable course anyone looking to work in this or relevant sector.

It is considered one of the perfect courses in the UK that can help students/learners to get familiar with the topic and gain necessary skills to perform well in this field. We have packed Diploma in Legal Secretary into 46 modules for teaching you everything you need to become successful in this profession.

To provide you ease of access, this course is designed for both part-time and full-time students. You can become accredited in just 1 day, 3 hours and it is also possible to study at your own pace.... [-]

United Kingdom London
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
Lancashire Law School - University of Central Lancashire

The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides a rigorous and cha ... [+]

The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides a rigorous and challenging learning experience, which is commended by employers. On successful completion of the GDL students can progress to the vocational stage of training; either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), for those wishing to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.

Our aim is to consolidate and enhance your intellectual capability for independent learning through legal research, reasoning, and argument. You will acquire valuable transferable skills including oral/written communication, group-work, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation, critical thinking, and e-presentations.... [-]

United Kingdom Lancashire
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 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
September 2019
Full-time
16 months
Campus
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
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus