Taught course

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

University of Law · University of Law

Entry requirements

A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2), or an equivalent qualification. For more information about our GDL entry requirements, visit our website.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Fast-track your legal career with our GDL conversion course, the first step into law for non-law graduates:

    • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills with training built around real-life case studies
    • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or our unique Law of Organisations module (not available to online students)
    • With our structured study pattern, foundation module teaching and assessments are spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semester
    • Unrivalled face-to-face teaching and individual tutor support
    • Choose to study full-time at one of ten locations nationwide, or choose one of our varied part-time study options, so you can fit your study around your life
    • Award-winning employability support from the moment you accept

      GDL modules

      Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

      • Compulsory online pre-course study programme on legal method (50 hours)
      • Insight into the different areas of the legal profession
      • Consideration of the role of legal ethics within the profession
      • Development of key legal skills and professional attributes required by lawyers

      Foundation modules

      Study the seven key areas of law:

      1. Public law
      2. European Union law
      3. Criminal law
      4. Tort
      5. Contract law
      6. Land law
      7. Equity and trusts

      Choose* between one of the two following modules:

      Research Project module

      • Extended essay tailored to your chosen area of law
      • Self-study module with guidance on legal research and essay writing skills

      Law of Organisations module (alternative to the Research Project module)

      • Legal report on an allocated problem based question
      • Study the principles of contract and corporate law that underpin the creative and running of business of organisations to prepare you for life as a solicitor in a corporate law practice
      • Learn through face-to-face workshops (full-time students) or online (part-time students)

      Assesments and exams

      Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module:

      • 30-minute, multiple choice open book exam on legal method
      • Graded essay (2,000 words) on an ethical dilemma

      Foundation modules:

      • Seven three-hour closed book exams - one on each of the foundation modules

      Choose from:

      Research Project module:

      • Extended essay (4,500 words) on your chosen area of law


      Law of Organisations module:

      • Legal report (2,000 words) on an allocated problem based question

      For more information on our GDL, visit http://www.law.ac.uk/gdl/

      Information for international students

      Applicants are required to provide a certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning. For more information on our GDL entry requirements, visit our website.

      Fees and funding

      UK students
      From £8,990
      International students
      From £8,990

      If you’re bright, ambitious and want a career in law, but a lack of funding is standing in your way, our pledge to give 100% support to our students will enable you to realise your career aspirations:

      • A range of funding options providing financial support and assistance to our students including Future Finance, the UK's largest private student lender and the best source of funding for your education after Government loans offering between £1,000 - £40,000 to cover both living and tuition costs
      • Access to the UK’s largest University law scholarships, awards and bursaries fund. With a substantial fund available, we’re enabling more students from more backgrounds to achieve their ambitions
      • Flexible payment options to help you pay for your postgraduate course. We give you peace of mind by spreading out the tuition fee payments and arrange payments by direct debit

      For more information on sources of funding for our GDL, visit: Postgraduate funding options

      Qualification and course duration


      full time
      9 months
      part time
      21 months
      distance learning
      21 months

      Course contact details

      0800 289997