GDL - Graduate Diploma in Law

University of Law at Exeter



Your legal career starts here. Our modular GDL course, is 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 choosing law at a later stage than some others, you are showing motivation and determination to pursue a new career. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits.

Our modular structure means you will complete the exam at the end of each semester while the information is fresh in your mind, similar to how you might have done for your undergraduate degree.

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

·       Flexible study options - choose to study at one of our locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time evening and weekend courses and online

·       Access award-winning employability support from the moment you accept your place, to help you with your training contract and pupillage applications

January start courses

· Outside of London – £9,700

· London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) - £12,050

September start courses 

· Outside of London - £9,850

· London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) - £12,250

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.

Find out more. 

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 3,000 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


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.


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.

*95% of our 2017/18 full-time, UK, LPC graduates have secured work or further study within fifteen months of successfully completing this course, based on Graduate Outcomes data.


**59% of our full-time UK/EEA Bar Practice Course students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage (based on student data collated September 2020). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

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