University of Law GDL Courses

Introduction

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW

The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education. We can trace our origins to 1876 with the formation of leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon.

With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal minds.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

What really sets us apart from other universities is the guiding principle that the current and future lawyers we teach should only ever learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context with plenty of practical, interactive engagement. That's why we keep our contact hours high and our teaching groups small.

INNOVATION AND CONTEMPORARY

TEACHING PRACTICES

All of our courses – from our undergraduate law degrees to our diverse range of postgraduate courses and professional development programmes – are designed with a unique, varied and innovative learning approach that’s proven to deliver self-reliant lawyers who can compete in the fast-changing world of legal services. With a focus on developing skills in problem-solving, weighing up arguments, critical thinking, and commercial awareness, our courses are designed to prepare you for the real-life challenges of the working world.

POWERFUL CONNECTIONS

Our track record of excellence in learning and development has helped us establish worldwide connections within the legal services market. This is why many leading global law firms work exclusively with us to develop their people, and why legal employers of all types want to meet our students. It’s also why law schools and professional bodies around the world choose to enter into strategic alliances with us.

UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW

The University of Law is an internationally recognised expert in the field of law. Rather than focusing on academic research, our aim is to be thought leaders in the issues that matter to the legal profession and the next generation of practising lawyers. Our courses take an in-depth look into key areas of the law and provide a broader overview of the legal system to better contextualise what's being learned.

THE MOST EXPERIENCED TUTORS

Over 250 of our tutors are qualified lawyers, many still in practice, and all have extensive practical experience which they are able to pass on to our students. We facilitate this process with high levels of student-to-tutor contact time and small class sizes - one of the reasons that many law firms insist their trainees study with us.

FOCUSED ON EMPLOYABILITY

We focus exclusively on practice-based training and give students access to our expert law careers service and legal vacancy database as soon as they accept a place with us. Students also benefit from our pioneering and award-winning pro bono programmes, which allow them to gain valuable work experience by helping real clients from the local community.

WIDENING ACCESS

We take our responsibility to widen access to the legal profession seriously, and offer a wide range of scholarships to help talented University of Law students fund their legal training and achieve their career ambitions.

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Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - full-time

Campus Full time 9 months January 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham Bristol Chester Guildford City of London Exeter Leeds Manchester Reading Liverpool + 9 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) - 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

A non-standard application route is also available. Any applicant with no or limited formal qualifications will be invited in-centre to complete an in-house numeracy and literacy test (for those without GCSE Maths and English at D/3 and C/4 respectively), as well as a formal face-to-face interview. They will also need to provide 2 years of appropriate work experience evidenced in a full CV and one reference. ... [-]


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

Campus Part time 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Birmingham City of London Leeds + 2 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

International entry requirements: An English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

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

Campus Part time 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Birmingham Bristol Chester Guildford City of London Manchester + 5 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 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 Admissions team who can deem... [-]

i-GDL

Online Part time 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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

i-GDL

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

Think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through online workshops and problem-based learning Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project 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 who can deem whether you are eligible for certain exemptions on the GDL If... [-]