A degree (in any subject), of at least an upper second class honours standard, conferred by a university in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards. Or, an approved degree conferred by a university outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and a very good knowledge of the English language. The rules governing admission to practise law vary from country to country. Before applying, applicants wishing to take the GDL as a step towards becoming a lawyer outside England and Wales are strongly advised to check with the appropriate body in the country in which they wish to qualify/practise that these courses are accepted. In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of: Academic performance, Evidence of intellectual ability, Professional and legal work experience, Personal statement, Commitment to studying law, References A degree (in any subject), of at least a second class honours standard, conferred by a university in the UK or Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards. Or, an approved degree conferred by a university outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and a very good knowledge of the English language.
Months of entry
First developed in 1977, this nationally-renowned course was one of the first of the Common Professional Examination courses (now known as the Graduate Diploma in Law) for non-law graduates wishing to start training for a career in law. The GDL allows students to gain a good foundation in law and fast-track their legal career. Students benefit from the expertise of academic staff at The City Law School, as well as that of leading visiting lecturers and speakers from the legal profession.
The GDL at City covers the seven core foundation subjects that are prerequisites for taking the professional examinations. The introduction to the Legal Ethics module, which unique to City, also allows you to reflect on the ethical challenges that you might encounter as a lawyer in practice.
The GDL at City has an unrivalled reputation within the profession for the quality of the teaching, the ability of its students and the preparation it provides for students seeking pupillage or a training contract. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to progress to one of the two professional courses that all UK lawyers are required to take: the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.
Throughout the year we hold regular career's events for aspiring solicitors an
Information for international students
Applicants whose first language is not English should hold the following qualifications: IELTS: 7 or above TOEFL (internet-based): 107 or above
Fees and funding
Full-time EU: £10,000, Full-time Non EU: £10,000
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Disclosure for US students
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- The City Law School
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