Graduate Diploma Law (GDL)

The University of Law


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Level 6 Graduate Diploma
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The University of Law Birmingham
133 Great Hampton Street
West Midlands
United Kingdom
The University of Law Bristol
Temple Circus House, Temple Way
United Kingdom
The University of Law London Bloomsbury
14 Store Street, Fitzrovia
Central London
United Kingdom
The University of Law Chester
Christleton Hall, Pepper Street, Christleton
United Kingdom


Want a career as a solicitor or barrister? Fast-track your legal career with our GDL conversion course, your first step into law if you have already completed a non-law undergraduate degree. Our structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with lectures* and practical workshops to develop your legal skills.

* For part-time and Online GDL students lectures will be made available as recordings.


Level 6 Graduate Diploma

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Here are some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor or barrister:

  • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through small group workshops and problem-based learning

  • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or our unique Law of Organisations module^

  • With our structured study pattern, foundation module assessment and teaching is spread out to make your learning more manageable

  • Flexible study - choose to study at one of our locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses and online GDL.

  • Access award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract and pupillage applications

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for non-law graduates wishing to pursue a career in law.


  • A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2), or an equivalent qualification.

  • Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates:
    • Future barristers - please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)
    • Future solicitors - please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether you are eligible for the cour
  • A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course. Please note that students providing a degree from a UK university as proof of English must have studied the whole degree in the UK.

Career path

This course is the first step of training to become a fully-qualified solicitor/barrister.

  • Future barristers need to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Bar Practice Course and undertake a pupillage.
  • Future solicitors need to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Law , the Legal Practice Course and undertake a training contract.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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