Graduate Diploma in Law

Lancashire Law School - University of Central Lancashire

Program Description

Graduate Diploma in Law

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 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 using interactive workbooks, synchronous discussions and personal feedback on written work.

Part-time

  • Campus: between 6pm – 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Distance Learning: all teaching takes place via the university’s on-line learning platform using interactive workbooks, synchronous discussions and personal feedback on written work.

Assessment

Students will complete an Independent Legal Research Project on a topic of their choice. This is a 5,000 word dissertation and is an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in an area of law which falls outside the foundation modules.

LEARNING OUTCOME & AIMS

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

INDUSTRY LINKS & PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges. The course is validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. The course is approved by the Indian Bar Council.

GRADUATE CAREERS

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants who are graduates must hold a degree in any subject from either:

  • A UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution; or
  • An overseas institution ( subject to approval by the International Admissions process at UCLan)

Applicants who are not graduates may still be considered but are advised to make pre-application contact with the Admissions Tutor to discuss their qualifications and/or work history.

In appropriate circumstances the School will call applicants for interview where it is thought necessary that further information might be required to assess the student’s ability to meet the above criteria.

For overseas applicants whose first language is not English or who have received higher education where the medium of instruction is not English, the language requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
6,000 GBP
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Locations
United Kingdom - Preston, England
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Aug. 2018
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- Full-time, per year (UK/EU)