Taught course

Graduate Diploma in Law

Cardiff University · Cardiff Law School

Entry requirements

The usual academic requirement is an Honours Degree from a UK University in a non-law subject, Class 2.2 or above. Applicants from overseas or with non-standard qualifications must apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (if you are planning on qualifying as a barrister) or Solicitors Regulation Authority (if you are planning on qualifying as a solicitor) (links above). Full details can be found on our website. Application deadline can also be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The GDL offers intensive, graduate-level legal studies to students who already possess a degree in a non-law subject and wish to qualify as solicitors or barristers. As the course is recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board (representing the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors’ Regulation Authority) as satisfying the academic stage of legal training, the GDL allows a full time student to complete this stage in one year (or two years part-time) instead of the two or three years normally required for a qualifying law degree.

After successful completion of the GDL, students may progress to the professional stage of legal training, either the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course, either of which may be studied at Cardiff Law School. To become fully qualified, completion of the BPTC or LPC then needs to be followed by a period of work-based learning, either pupillage in a barristers’ chambers or a training contract with a solicitors’ firm. Alternatively, the GDL or one of the professional courses may be directly followed by legal work in some other capacity, with the option of seeking full qualification at a later date.

Full details of this programme are availabe here: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p127.html

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

GDL Administrator
+44 (0)29 2087 6106