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

The University of Law
Campus Part time 21 months September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham Manchester Bristol Guildford Chester Leeds London + 6 more

Kick-start your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, designed for non-law graduates who want to become a solicitor or barrister. [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - part-time weekend Kick-start your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, designed for non-law graduates who want to become a solicitor or barrister. - Think like a lawyer and build practical legal skills via training using real life case studies - Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or Law of Organisations module - With our structured study pattern, foundation module teaching and assessment is spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semester Course Requirements To be eligible to take up your place on the GDL, 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 Stand Board (BSB) Future solicitors - please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether you are eligible for the course A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course 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 GDL. If this applies to you: Future barristers - please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Future solicitors - please e-mail a copy of your degree certificate through to the... [-]

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

The University of Law
Campus Part time 21 months September 2017 United Kingdom London Birmingham + 1 more

Kick-start your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, designed for non-law graduates who want to become a solicitor or barrister. [+]

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - part-time evening Kick-start your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, designed for non-law graduates who want to become a solicitor or barrister. - Think like a lawyer and build practical legal skills via training using real life case studies - Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or Law of Organisations module - With our structured study pattern, foundation module teaching and assessment is spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semester Course Requirements To be eligible to take up your place on the GDL, 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 Stand Board (BSB) Future solicitors - please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether you are eligible for the course A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course 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 GDL. If this applies to you: Future barristers - please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Future solicitors - please e-mail a copy of your degree certificate through to the Admissions team... [-]

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - full-time

The University of Law
Campus Full time 9 months January 2018 United Kingdom London Birmingham Manchester Bristol Exeter Guildford Chester Leeds + 7 more

Kick-start your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, designed for non-law graduates who want to become a solicitor or barrister. [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - full-time Kick-start your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, designed for non-law graduates who want to become a solicitor or barrister. - Think like a lawyer and build practical legal skills via training using real life case studies - Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or Law of Organisations module - With our structured study pattern, foundation module teaching and assessment is spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semester Course Requirements To be eligible to take up your place on the GDL, 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 Stand Board (BSB) Future solicitors - please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether you are eligible for the course A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course 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 GDL. If this applies to you: Future barristers - please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Future solicitors - please e-mail a copy of your degree certificate through to the Admissions... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law

KNect365 Learning | an Informa business
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 8 months October 2017 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

The Centre of European Law at King’s College London is pleased to announce details of its 2017-2018 Distance Learning Programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law. The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of EU competition law, focusing on practical aspects as well as the substantive law. [+]

96% satisfaction rate from students in the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey The Centre of European Law at King’s College London is pleased to announce details of its 2017-2018 Distance Learning Programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law. It provides tuition from one of the world’s leading centres of European law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your office. Completing this rigorous programme will give you an edge in a competitive job market. This programme attracts a truly international audience and has been attended by over 2600 students from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, South America and Australasia. The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of EU competition law, focusing on practical aspects as well as the substantive law and the units will take you systematically through the constituent provisions of EU competition law. EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE Following the Brexit decision, King’s College London has re-affirmed its total commitment to remaining a leader in EU law and in EU competition law. Enrol on this programme to ensure that you are in pole position to understand the changes as and when they happen – and to take advantage of any new opportunities that may appear. Ideal For… This programme has been specifically designed for lawyers in private practice, in-house legal advisers, economists, representatives from the national competition authorities and the European Commission. The programme attracts a truly international... [-]

Graduate Diploma in Law

University of Westminster - Westminster Law School
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This intensive course is designed for non-law graduates of any discipline, or overseas law graduates who wish to qualify as either barristers or solicitors. The course begins with a two-week introduction to the English legal system and the legal profession. You will then study the seven foundation subjects. [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. This intensive course is designed for non-law graduates of any discipline, or overseas law graduates who wish to qualify as either barristers or solicitors. The course begins with a two-week introduction to the English legal system and the legal profession. You will then study the seven foundation subjects. If you successfully complete the course you will be eligible for entry on to the LLM in Legal Practice Course (which incorporates the LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). We have been successfully running this conversion course since 1977 and our students have taken a variety of first degrees at a wide range of universities. Our teaching team contains a rich mix of those who are professionally qualified and others who are active researchers. The course therefore provides a stimulating learning experience. This is reinforced by our small class sizes and the supportive atmosphere within the Westminster Law School. Course content The Graduate Diploma in Law will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of basic legal principles, their application to the formulation and resolution of legal problems, and an enquiring, logical and critical approach to legal analysis. It builds upon the academic and professional expertise previously acquired by graduate students and develops the relevant skills needed to demonstrate competence in legal practice. By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the areas of law studied, of the legal process and the inter-relationship between different areas of law in a national and... [-]

Access to Higher Education: Law

Kensington and Chelsea College
Campus Full time 35 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

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 recognised by all HE Institutions: last year all of our successful students went on to study law at University. [+]

Kensington and Chelsea College has a successful history of providing Further Education courses for adults. We offer a wide range of full-time and part-time courses right in the heart of London. There are often many reasons for returning to study later in life, you could simply want to pursue a new interest or hobby, or pick up where you left off at school. Whatever your reasons, we offer a wide variety of courses suitable for adult learning and be supported through your programme by our experienced and supportive staff. Course Overview 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 recognised 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 undergraduate level by developing legal research skills, improving their essay writing, examination and note taking techniques through study skills. Students will be supported through the university application process. Those who do not... [-]

Access to higher education Law Diploma

Kensington and Chelsea College
Campus Full time 35 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

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 recognised 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... [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. 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 recognised 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 undergraduate level by developing legal research skills, improving their essay writing, examination and note taking techniques through study skills. Students will be supported through the university application process. Those who do not already have GCSE passes in Maths& English will also have the option of studying for GCSE equivalencies. Course Code: 16EAH002-01 Start Date: 5th September '16 Campus: Kensington Centre Duration: 35 weeks Lecturer: Team Times: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri Various 19 Plus £3022 Non-EU Fee £8500 [-]

Graduate Diploma in Law

Lancashire Law School - University of Central Lancashire
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Preston + 1 more

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. [+]

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. The GDL is a one year full-time course or two year part-time course. Both courses are available on campus or by way of distance learning. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT & ASSESSMENT All seven foundation modules are assess by a 1500 word coursework (25%) & exam (75%). Examinations are of two hour duration. They are held at the end of the semester in which the module has been taught. Campus based students are also assessed in seminars on the foundation modules. Distance learning students are assessed on their contributions to synchronous discussions and work submitted to tutors. Lawyers’ Skills is assessed by an online assessment on the English Legal System (25%), and by a moot (75%). Full-time Campus: classes are timetabled between 2pm – 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Distance Learning: all teaching takes place via the university’s on-line learning platform... [-]

Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Exam)

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or who have significant work experience but no formal qualifications, this programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in the core legal subjects. [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or who have significant work experience but no formal qualifications, this programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in the core legal subjects. Those who have studied a non-law degree before converting can be particularly attractive to employers as they offer additional skills and experience. Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career. Features and benefits of the course Mooting opportunities Mooting at Manchester Law School is part of a specialised unit on the GDL course, and we have become a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. The mooting society at the law school is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams have competed at and the highest level from 2013-16 and have enjoyed regular national competition success. Award-winning Faculty environment Manchester Law School is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to study, housing modern lecture theatres, study zones, legal libraries and a mock courtroom. You will benefit from an award-winning Faculty building, including spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. Highly modern facilities are... [-]

Professional Diploma in Cyber Investigation and Laws

Hindustan University
Campus Full time 6 months July 2018 India Chennai Delhi Coimbatore Oman Muscat Sri Lanka Colombo Cochin + 7 more

Computer and communication technologies have become the key ingredients and backbone to support mission critical infrastructure services in various sectors of our society. In an effort to share information and organize operations, enterprises are creating complex networked systems exposing their networks to customers, suppliers, and other business partners. Advanced network intricacies, larger access requirements, and a dynamic insistence on the internet have opened up the doors for computer, information and network security, leading to cybercrime, a major byproduct, which is a cause of concern for organizations. [+]

Computer and communication technologies have become the key ingredients and backbone to support mission critical infrastructure services in various sectors of our society. In an effort to share information and organize operations, enterprises are creating complex networked systems exposing their networks to customers, suppliers, and other business partners. Advanced network intricacies, larger access requirements, and a dynamic insistence on the internet have opened up the doors for computer, information and network security, leading to cybercrime, a major byproduct, which is a cause of concern for organizations. Professional Diploma in Cyber Investigations and Laws aims at equipping the individuals with conceptual foundations leading to advanced understanding of computing technology, cyber forensic technology and to up skill their technical capabilities in terms of sound understanding of the cyber security ecosystem. The cyber ecosystem is an eco-chain which starts from software design, development, bugs, testing, vulnerability assessment, hacking, digital investigation and forensic trails, and legal framework. Scope of the Program The course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the steps of understanding the ecosystem leading to protecting the system and investigative skills in line with the applicable legal framework, beginning with the initial security of the crime scene and concluding with the presentation of evidence. The course explores the policy and law of computer crime and helps in differentiating "cybercrimes" with conventional crime and their transgressive behavior in physical space. Students are expected to recognize, appraise, classify, and demonstrate dexterity in investigating computer related crimes. The student will apply his learning... [-]

BTEC Diploma in Business Law

Leadership Community College KSA
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Saudi Arabia Jeddah

Diploma of Business (Specialization in Law) [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. 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 minimum age of 18 years. The student is to have completed one of the following entry requirements : Completion of 5 O levels Subjects and 1 A ‘Levels Subject or Completion of a American Diploma or Completion of Saudi High School Diploma (in Arabic or English) or Completion of Certificate or Diploma in International Baccalaureate or Completion of Intermediate Education (F.A/ F.Sc / I.Com/ ICS) either through Pakistani Boards or through India’s Central Board of Secondary Education Students with lack of proficiency in English language may be required to complete a course in Business English Language at Oxford Academy, to achieve a pass marks of Grade 5.5 in IELTS or TOEFL IBT 65 or TOEFL PBT 350. Alternatively students will be advised to register for the accelerated “Key to College” program at LCC to obtain the required level... [-]

Law Clerk Diploma

triOS College
Campus Full time 52 - 60 weeks September 2017 Canada Mississauga Windsor Toronto Scarborough Oshawa London Kitchener Hamilton Brampton + 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 variety of settings, including law firms, corporations, non-profit organizations and real estate Title Insurance companies. [+]

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. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience. Students receive: 2-month internship! Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) membership 4 ILCO exam fees included Preparation for ILCO exams Field trip opportunities Training on the latest legal software Free Microsoft Office Professional Plus, DreamSpark Standard and Office 8 EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE Labor Adjustment Centre Local 195 Yorkmark and Associates TRG Legal Services Union Gas Government of Ontario Summit Legal Services Re/Max And many more.. CERTIFICATIONS Students who successfully complete the Wills & Estates, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Civil & Debt Collector courses are eligible to write the associated ILCO provincial exams. This program also includes the potential for Microsoft certifications in Word and Excel. Exam Vouchers may be purchased at an additional cost. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic... [-]

Justice Studies Diploma – Law Enforcement

Bow Valley College
Campus Full time 16 months September 2017 Canada Calgary

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. [+]

Diploma 2017/2018. 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. EMPLOYMENT You will have a wide variety of career options open to you with this Diploma: Police Officer, RCMP Officer, Military Police Member, Border Services Officer, Fish and Wildlife Officer, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer, and Bylaw Enforcement Officer. PROGRAM LENGTH 16-months (4 semesters) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS High School Diploma with credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent OR: Successful completion of the General Equivalency Development test with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing OR: Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test Additional Requirement A current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search... [-]

Diploma in Law Clerk with Internship

CDI College
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver Calgary Manitoba Quebec Edmonton Longueuil Victoria + 5 more

Are you looking for a versatile career that will provide you with exciting challenges? Why not consider becoming a law [+]

Are you looking for a versatile career that will provide you with exciting challenges? Why not consider becoming a law clerk? With the Law Clerk program at CDI College, you can have the knowledge and skills you need to find employment in law offices, banks, corporations, non-profit organizations, real estate companies and many other settings! In just over a year, you’ll have the credentials to find a job you’ll love that will give you the potential to earn more. [-]