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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.

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Note: The September 2020 entry will be the last intake for this course.

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 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.


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

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M10051

Start date: October 2020

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

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding:

2020/21 entry: £7,500 (over 2 years)

£7,500 (over 2 years) Overseas Students. There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas.

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 visit CiLEx Law School.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M10051

Start date: October 2020

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

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: 

2020/21 entry: £7,500

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 visit CiLEx Law School.

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

In your first year, you will be introduced to the principal features of the English legal system and developing legal research skills. You will then cover the following topics:

  • Obligations I (Contract)
  • Obligations II (Tort)
  • Foundations of Property Law Year one
  • Foundation of Public Law

Year Two

  • Foundations of Criminal Law (15 credits)
  • European Union Law (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Equity and Trusts (15 credits)

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

Teaching and assessment

  • 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.
  • 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.

Teaching contact hours

This is a part-time course studied over two years, therefore you should be prepared to devote approximately 12 hours a week to your studies.

You will be required to attend De Montfort University on Saturday 5 September 2020 for our Induction and Enrolment day.

In Year 1 you will attend five study weekends. On Saturday and Sunday you will typically be timetabled for 12 contact teaching hours. Thereafter each study weekend will take place on a Saturday and Sunday and typically have up to 12 contact teaching hours.

In Year 2 you will attend four study weekends and will typically have up to 12 contact hours.

Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and tutorials.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to 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 IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist 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 meters of extra space. The extension is designed to make your studies more comfortable, featuring classrooms, self-study spaces equipped with USB sockets to charge your phone or laptop, a large and airy student breakout space, a new Student Advice Centre and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. 

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



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. 


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

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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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If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.


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The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our virtual postgraduate events. Get all the answers to your questions through an online chat with our student and staff advisers, or 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 virtual events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, and find out about fees and funding opportunities, including our VC2020 scholarship which offers up to 50 per cent off PG study, and sports scholarships of up to £6,000. 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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