Graduate Diploma in Law

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

Graduate Diploma in Law

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Diploma in Law

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course enables students who have acquired a non-law undergraduate degree to complete the academic stage of legal professional education (CPE) in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) in order to then begin the vocational stage of training as either a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course).

The Oxford Brookes GDL is renowned for its strong academic focus and its high calibre intake. The relatively small number of students (limited to an intake of 100) ensures a friendly and supportive learning environment and individual attention for students from their tutors. Guest lectures are arranged throughout the year to augment the lecture programme.

Teaching learning and assessment

Diverse teaching methods (predominantly 2 hour lectures and 1.5 hour workshops) are employed throughout the GDL programme in order to give you the best opportunity to acquire legal knowledge and skills. Assessments (both coursework and exams) are spread throughout the course so that you will have an ongoing awareness of your progress. These teaching and assessment methods are described in the course handbook, and their effectiveness is monitored and analysed by students and staff in the module feedback system and the GDL annual review process.


Teaching staff in the School of Law have a wide range of research interests, with particular strengths in the areas of public law, international law and human rights, employment, religion and the law, criminal justice, and IT and the law. A number of those teaching on the GDL have qualifications and experience as barristers or solicitors, and a significant number of others hold research degrees.

Career prospects

Having completed the GDL most students go on to become solicitors or barristers by taking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Practical skills

In recognition of the professional nature of the course, the GDL at Oxford Brookes places special emphasis on helping you to gain the legal skills you need to acquire to be a successful lawyer.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements are normally a 2.1 honours degree (predicted or achieved) together with evidence of commitment to a legal career.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English will need A-level English, or a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based score), or an IELTS score of 7.0, or UCLES Certificate of Proficiency in English at grade B or above.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 19, 2017
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
8,160 GBP
Start date Sept. 19, 2017
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 8,160 GBP
Part time fee; £4,160 Non-EU fee; £8,160