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Law Graduate Diploma GDL/CPE Graduate Diploma (full-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.

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Overview

 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
    Only two days compulsory attendance per week
  • Careers and Pro Bono
    Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in our 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 and integrated law library
  • 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

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the way to qualify as a solicitor. For more details please read the information provided by the SRA about the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

 

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme code:
Sept: M10050

Duration: One year full-time.

Start dates: September 2021

Fees and funding

For 2021/22 entry tuition fees for UK students will be £6,500

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.

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time.

Start dates: September 2021

Fees and funding

For 2021/22 entry tuition fees for EU and international students will be £13,750

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.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject other than law or a non qualifying law degree with a minimum pass of 2:2.

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.

If you are going to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) following the GDL, please refer to the BSB website for further details. 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB)

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 by introducing the principal features of the English legal system and developing legal research skills. You then study the seven prescribed foundation subjects:  

  • Criminal Law 
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts 
  • European Community Law 
  • Property Law 
  • Public Law 
  • Law of Contract (Obligations I) 
  • Law of Tort (Obligations II) 

Project

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 have more than 60 credits from the course you will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Law. If you have more than 60% credits in exemptions you will be awarded the Professional Diploma.

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

 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching comprises lectures and tutorials delivered over two days of the week. This gives you three days to spend on preparation, attend careers events and to be involved in pro bono work.

  • The seven foundation subjects are assessed by exams.
  • The English Legal System and Legal Research are assessed by an online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) which you can take as many times as needed. These two subjects are not credited but you must pass them to be awarded the GDL.
  • You will also be required to complete a 5,000 word assessed project on a topic of your choice.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course over one year and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 40 hours a week to your studies. Apart from the Induction week at the end of September, during which you’ll be taught over four days, you will be timetabled for lectures and tutorials on two days per week. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and tutorials.

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 our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work, and high-spec IT labs installed with professional software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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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

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open events.

Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

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How to apply

You must apply for the full-time GDL via the Central Applications Board (CAB). This must be done online at lawcabs.ac.uk.

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Up to 30% off selected PG courses

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.

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Open Evenings

The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events. You can also check out our postgraduate live stream schedule for programme-specific talks to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Online chats

Chat with our current students and staff advisers online and have your questions answered. Our team will be available to advise you on anything from information on the current postgraduate courses we offer, scholarships, fees and funding, campus facilities, and life in Leicester. View our upcoming PG Online Chat events.

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Research at DMU

De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.