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Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma (part-time)

This course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) as satisfying the requirements of the academic stage of training.


Reasons to study a part-time Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma at DMU:

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non-qualifying law degree, who intend to become solicitors or barristers. 

  • Attendance
    Delivered at weekends, this course is ideal for those in employment and who may have other commitments.
  • Careers and Pro Bono
    Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in an extensive range of pro bono activities.
  • Teaching
    Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality.
  • Facilities
    Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room, integrated law library and book shop.
  • Location
    Central UK location and attractive city centre campus.
  • Pastoral Support
    Excellent pastoral care and support by staff.
  • E-learning
    Additional online learning support provided via DMU’s Blackboard facility.
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Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma (full-time)

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: Two years part-time. One year full-time. 

Location of study: Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, Hugh Aston building

Fees and funding: £6,850 (over 2 years)

These fees include all course materials and prescribed textbooks.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information contact CILEx Law School or call us on 01234844305.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: Two years part-time. One year full-time.

Location of study: Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, Hugh Aston building

Fees and funding: £6,850 (over 2 years) There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas.

These fees include all course materials but not textbooks.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information contact CILEx Law School or call us on 01234844305.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Generally you should have a good honours degree in any subject other than law or a non - qualifying law degree.

You need to prove to us that you meet the SRA’s requirements for admission to the GDL, and provide evidence for any exemptions that you may request from individual subjects. You need to do that before you start the GDL by providing any documentation we require. A Certificate of Academic Standing is required from the BSB if you are going to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) following the GDL. We recommend that you request this before embarking on the GDL. Please contact either for further details.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority

The Bar Standards Board

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

The GDL begins with a two-week induction, introducing the principal features of the English legal system, developing legal research skills and demonstrating the role of information technology in the study of the law. You then study the seven prescribed foundation subjects:  


As stipulated by the SRA and BSB, you will be introduced to an additional area of legal study and are required to submit a longer piece of assessed written coursework relating to that area.

If you successfully complete all of the GDL assessments at your first sitting, you will be guaranteed a place on our Legal Practice Course (LPC). 


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

  • Lectures are available to listen to online
  • Teaching sessions are held over five study weekends in the first year and four study weekends in the second year
  • In addition to attending the study weekends you are able to submit mock examinations for marking.
  • The seven foundation subjects are assessed by exams
  • The English legal system is assessed by a piece of coursework and the additional area of study by a 5,000 word project
  • You also have to complete an assessed legal research exercise and a further piece of assessed coursework

Teaching contact hours

This is a part-time course over 2 years so you should be prepared to devote approximately 12 hours a week to your studies.

In Year 1 you will attend five study weekends. The first weekend will typically include a three hour induction followed by 15 hours contact teaching hours.  Thereafter each study weekend will typically have up to12 contact teaching hours.

In Year 2 you will attend 4 study weekends and will typically have up to 9 contact hours.

Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and small group sessions.

In addition you may also have some scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.



Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationery.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non - qualifying law degree who intend to become solicitors or barristers.

It is recognised by the SRA and BSB as satisfying the requirements of the academic stage of training. 

All students have access to our mentoring programme and can take part in pro bono activities offered.

DMU Open Evenings

Our next postgraduate coffee morning takes place on Saturday 7 January 2017, book your place today. 

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How to apply

For a brochure and application pack, please contact CILEx Law School, our partner in the marketing and admissions of this course. Alternatively you can complete the application form online on their website

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