Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)




Fast track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but do not have an undergraduate or UK qualifying law degree, or for those who have significant work experience but no formal qualifications.

This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal subjects. The Law School is a supportive and friendly learning environment. On the GDL, you will receive high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops and an open door policy for academic and pastoral advice.

Upon completion of the GDL, students can choose to go on to study the Legal Practice course, to prepare to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course, to prepare to become a barrister. Alternatively, students can also seek related employment in the wider legal field.

“This course is geared towards being a practitioner, with hands-on teaching about how to apply law, which goes far beyond simply understanding it.”Minos Christodoulou, Part-time GDL Graduate


Manchester Law School is a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. On the GDL, you will study mooting as part of a specialised unit and complete a practically assessed moot in our mock courtroom.

The Mooting Society at the Law School is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams regularly compete in national competitions.

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Top Quality Teaching by Professionals

Our GDL teaching teams consists of highly experienced professionals who have a real passion for their subjects. As a result, you will receive the best possible teaching and direct access to the profession.

“The GDL is very much geared to preparing you for what would be your professional life; I like the fact that we are all treated as professionals.” Ciara Bartlam, GDL & BPTC Graduate

Funding options available, please visit our website for details.

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The GDL focuses on simulating realistic legal practice scenarios and encourages you to think and behave like a legal professional from the outset. Within the Legal Skills and Practice Unit, you will develop professional skills including analysis, problem solving and legal research.

Manchester Law School has a dedicated careers adviser who will provide assistance with initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links with members of the Northern Circuit.

During the GDL, you will also have access to the Faculty of Business and Law’s Careers and Employability Service. This will continue for up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your studies including networking cafes and an annual Pro Bono and Legal Careers Fair.

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