GDL - Graduate Diploma in Law

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Fast-track your legal career with our GDL law conversion course, your first step into law if you have already completed a non-law undergraduate degree.

Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits.

Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.

Why choose our GDL?

Here are just 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 with training built around real-life case studies
  • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project or our unique Law of Organisations module (not available to online students)
  • With our structured study pattern, foundation module teaching and assessments are spread out so you can focus on selected modules each semester
  • Unrivalled face-to-face teaching and individual tutor support
  • Choose to study full-time at one of ten locations nationwide, or choose one of our varied part-time study options, so you can fit your study around your life
  • Award-winning employability support from the moment you accept
  •  Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Reading: £9,120
  • Chester, Leeds, Manchester:  £8,990
  •  London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate):  £11,270

The University of Law welcomes students from all over the world. Our website contains lots of information to help you when making the decision to come and study in the UK.

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Our Employability Service brings together the expertise of The University of Law's Careers and Pro Bono departments, to give you the support and opportunities you need to make the best start in your legal career.

More information on our Employability Service

Careers workshops (online and face-to-face)

Our careers workshops run throughout the year – both face-to-face in your centre and online. These group sessions help you to get a head start when it comes to applications, assessment centres, pupillage applications and much more.

Pro bono

The University of Law runs probably the largest and most varied legal pro bono programme in UK legal education, each year offering over 3,600 opportunities for you to put your skills into practice. We run a wide range of programmes, including:

  • Legal advice
  • Streetlaw and public legal education programmes 
  • External placements
  • Shadowing opportunities

Mentoring

Students at The University of Law have the opportunity to apply to be mentored by a practising solicitor or barrister. With the support of over 600 practising lawyers, our scheme is probably the most extensive legal mentoring scheme in the country. For those with little experience in the law, it’s an opportunity to gain an insider’s view of the profession, and benefit from the advice of those currently practising in the world of law.

Employer talks and events

With our national presence and strong connections with the profession, The University of Law is able to offer an extensive range of employer talks, workshops and careers fairs.

These events allow you to hear ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ what it’s like in firms and chambers.

Practice-related activities

Whether it’s mooting or a share race, in each centre you’ll get the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular activities which have been designed to help you develop, and put into practice, vital skills you’ll need in the workplace.

Student Employability Programme

The University’s Future Lawyers Network gives you access to our award-winning Student Employability Programme (StEP). This is a comprehensive online programme of careers information and advice, which won the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ award for ‘Best Preparation for Work Initiative’ in March 2013.

JobSearch

JobSearch – our job vacancy database – is exclusively for University of Law students and alumni, allowing you to browse the many training contracts, paralegal jobs, temporary opportunities and non-legal jobs we advertise.

*In 2016, 96% of our full-time LPC students who passed the course in the summer were employed within nine months.

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