Taught course

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 for non-law graduates to become successful solicitors or barristers.

  • 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
  • Boost your employment prospects by attending our free fairs, presentations and workshops: speak to potential legal employers and gain practical advice

GDL modules

Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

  • Compulsory online pre-course study programme on legal method (50 hours)
  • Development of key legal skills and profesional atttributes required by lawyers

Foundation modules

Study the seven key areas of law:

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

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

  • 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/i-GDL 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 £8,420
International students
From £8,420

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 £600,000 available to 2016/17 courses, 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