Taught course

Dip (Grad) in Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE)

University of Sussex · Law

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Sussex is an academically rigorous course that provides a respected legal qualification, and can set you on the road to qualification as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional. This is a highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track qualification, which meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Most of the teaching staff are research active experts, so you are exposed to the most
important, current and relevant developments in the field. With a typical student to GDL teaching staff ratio of 4:1, you are well supported throughout your studies.

The Sussex GDL offers the rare opportunity to undertake a year-long dissertation project. This allows you to research and write in-depth about a subject of your choice, with support and advice from your supervisor and the course team. You also have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as client interviewing, mock trials, mooting and negotiating. These enable you to hone your legal practice skills, and give you the chance to enter national and
international competitions where you will widen your professional network.

Additional entry information

Applications are made through the Central Applications Board. Refer to Essentials for details. Applicants with non-UK degrees, who intend to practice as a barrister, require a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board before they can register on the course.


You will be assessed mainly through a mix of unseen exams, essays and a dissertation.

Information for international students

For international entry requirements please see: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1591/33327#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655