Graduate Diploma in Law – GDL




The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides you with a rigorous and challenging learning experience, which is commended by employers. On successful completion of the GDL, students can progress to the vocational stage of training; either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), if you wish to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.

You can study the course either on campus or by distance learning as we offer the course 100% online, so there is no attendance requirement. On campus you will learn though a combination of lectures, seminars and interactive workshops. The distance learning provision involves engaging with interactive workbooks and participating in online seminars with your peers. Furthermore, whether you are studying on campus or by distance learning, each module is supported by the University’s virtual learning environment “Blackboard” where you can review recorded learning activities. 

You will be encouraged and supported to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities and competitions both internally and externally to enhance your learning and transferable skills. You can compete against other Universities in various competitions including mooting, negotiation and mediation competitions. In 2016 one of our students won an International prize for the best individual mediator.

At Lancashire Law School there are great opportunities for international travel. We have organised study trips to Europe including visiting Auschwitz, The Hague and Brussels, as well as a week-long Leadership course which takes place at our campus in Cyprus. In addition, we have sent our students on trips to visit our law students studying in Mauritius and in the future we hope that we will be sending our students to China for an exchange visit. All of these are subsidised by the school.

At UCLan, the GDL is a small cohort (a maximum of 40 students on campus and online) and so you get to know all of your tutors and colleagues very well.  You will also be supported through your studies by a dedicated Academic Advisor who is there for both academic and pastoral support. All of this means that there is always someone to turn to, to provide the support you need to ensure that you fulfil your potential.

Our aim is to consolidate and enhance your intellectual capability for independent learning through legal research, reasoning and argument. You will acquire valuable transferable skills including oral/written communication, group-work, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation, critical thinking and e-presentations making you ready for the 21st century work environment. 

For full details about our current fees please see our website.  

For overseas applicants whose first language is not English or who have received higher education where the medium of instruction is not English, the language requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.