Taught course

Law (full-time)

UWE Bristol · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Please note: all students interested in pursuing a career as a Solicitor and who have NOT already started or signed up to a law degree, GDL or LPC will need to qualify using The Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). UWE Bristol students will be able to choose from a variety of pathways to prepare themselves for the SQE assessment. Find out more about the Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep).

If you're a non-law graduate looking to enter the legal profession, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) provides a starting point for graduate legal study. It takes you through the academic stages required to become a barrister and provides a grounding in law for those wishing to qualify as a solicitor through the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

The GDL at UWE Bristol is highly regarded by both branches of the profession, and many solicitors and barristers choose this route into law. The qualification builds on the knowledge they've obtained in another academic field to establish a successful legal career.

The legal grounding you need

As the first stage of your legal learning, the GDL takes you through the basics of law in England and Wales and introduces you to legal reasoning, methods and research. You'll also learn how to apply your legal knowledge to the real world, giving you practical insights and skills to take into your vocational training.

Practical, practitioner-led training

The GDL is taught by a dedicated team of solicitors and barristers, many of whom have practised for many years. The team bring their experience to share on the course with plenty of examples, practical advice and face-to-face support.

Outstanding facilities and opportunities

Benefit from access to an impressive range of facilities in our Law School. You'll also have the chance to hear from expert legal speakers and take part in our Law Clinic and Mentoring scheme. Our aim is to provide as much realism as possible, equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to move confidently towards becoming qualified.

See our listing for this course on the UWE Bristol website for more information.

Find out more about Bristol Law School.

Find out about our UWE Bristol open days and Law Open Events.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The GDL satisfies the requirements of Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA,) showing that you have successfully completed the academic stage of your legal training.

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44 (0)117 32 83333