Taught course

Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination Course

University of Central Lancashire · Lancashire Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a degree in any subject from a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The GDL, or CPE is a conversion course for those pursuing a career in law. It provides the academic stage of legal training. On successful completion of the GDL students can progress to the vocational stage of training.

The aim of the course is to offer the student an opportunity for intellectual development and to provide an academically rigorous education in law that will not only give a basic grounding in the major areas of law, but will also make the student aware of the wider implications of the subject.

The course here is unique to this University, but is validated by the Professional Bodies. It includes and achieves their written standards laid down for all GDL courses.

Students begin by studying Legal Skills and the English Legal System. Students are required to complete an introductory workshop in this module prior to attending the course. Students will also study the seven foundation modules:
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Law of Torts
- Constitutional Law
- Equity and Trusts
- Land Law
- European Union Law

In addition, 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.

Information for international students

Non-graduate applicants, or those who have obtained their undergraduate degree from an overseas institution, are required to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from one of the professional bodies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation (4000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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