About this course
Our well-regarded ‘conversion’ course allows non-law graduates who wish to become solicitors or barristers gain the skills and knowledge they need to progress. The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is suitable both for recent graduates as well as more experienced graduates. The GDL is the route to professional legal qualification for you if you already have an honours degree in another discipline. It is taught full time over one academic year, September to June (or part time over two) and provides you with the legal Foundations required by the professional bodies for entry onto their vocational stage of training. The diploma is also highly regarded in other law-related career fields.
- Candidates must have a good first degree (minimum 2:2) or have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by either the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) or the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
- If you have studied law before and think that you may be eligible for exemption from part of the GDL you should contact the SRA or BSB to discuss this. Any exemptions must be confirmed by either the SRA or BSB before you start the GDL. There is no requirement for previous work experience.
- IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent