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Graduate DIPLOMA in law

Graduate DIPLOMA in law

graduate diploma in law




Course overview

  • 20-week full-time course
  • 40-week part-time course
  • Course Fee for 2024: £3,250

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For graduates from a non-law background, our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a uniquely designed law conversion course for those wanting to take the SQE to qualify as a solicitor but do not have a law degree or equivalent experience, and gives you everything you need to know and puts you on a level playing field with UK law graduates.

After completing the GDL, you can move straight onto our SQE1 preparation course or LLM in Legal Practice at the end. You will also receive a 10% discount on all SQE preparation courses and LLM.

During the GDL programme, you’ll develop technical and practical proficiency in relation to six foundation subject areas of Law of England and Wales. The programme begins with a module on the Introduction to Law, which is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills that underpin, and are applied in, the foundation subjects.

You will then study the following modules:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort Law
  • Land Law
  • Public Law (inc EU Law)
  • Trusts 


This Graduate Diploma in Law Programme is built upon and replaces the College's first law conversion course, the Graduate Foundation in Law (GFL) which ran from 2022-2023.


 

Why study with us

Interactive, intuitive and accessible learning activities and platform

 

High levels of personal tuition and group supervision

 

Designed for online, backed by 25 years experience

 

Unique focused law conversion course, giving you all the legal knowledge you need to begin your SQE journey
Highly experienced and practice-based supervisors

 

Practice based tasks based on examples of client scenarios for every practice area

 

Receive a 10% discount on all SQE preparation courses and LLM in Legal Practice course fees

 

Purposely designed to give you the law foundation you need to take the SQE1 Preparation Course or LLM in Legal Practice

 

Learning Structure


Guided Learning

The programme is fully online with all the materials you require for each module available on Canvas. You will also receive a hard-copy GDL manual at the start of the programme.

There are introductions within Canvas to guide you through how to set up your profile and how to access the different aspects of the portal.

Each module is broken down into workshop units. You’ll approach each unit in the same way following these steps:

  • View the introductory recorded presentation
  • Complete the directed reading
  • Apply your knowledge from the reading to the case study scenario and identify key legal issues
  • Attend the workshop with your subject matter expert



Supervision and Support

We support your learning through the modules in the following ways:

  • Town hall meetings for the whole cohort – to orientate you for each week
  • Workshops - where you’ll be able to discuss and analyse key legal issues with your peers and a subject matter expert
  • Personal Supervisor meetings - the first of which will be scheduled at the start of the programme



Assessment Details

At the end of each module, you will complete two assessments.

For the Introduction to Law module only, this will be comprised of a MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) and SAQ (Short Answer Question) assessment, and a separate assessment on legal research and analysis.

For each of the other six modules, you will have one assessment split into two parts. The two parts are a legal issues assessment and a legal scenario assessment.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COURSE FOR YOU

The Graduate Diploma in Law can be taken across 20 or 40 weeks. The programme content and learning approach is the same, but you can choose the number of hours that you wish to learn each week depending on your circumstances.

 

Graduate Diploma in Law Full-time: 20-week

The 20-week course is considered full-time, as you will be learning on average for 30-35 hours a week. We would recommend this programme if you are able to be a full-time student or work part-time.

If you have other commitments, you will need to review the timetable when it is available a week before the course starts, and plan your learning, particularly the live workshops, into your working week.

As a guide, you will have the following activities across the programme:

  • Guided learning throughout each week
  • 2 hour live workshops: 2-3 each week on average (three in your first two weeks)
  • 30mins Town Hall meetings: 1 every 4-5 weeks
  • 5 x 10 mins personal supervision meetings throughout the programme
  • Summative Assessments throughout the programme

 

You can see an example schedule here

 

Please note, programmes details are developing and can be subject to change.

Graduate Diploma in Law Part-time: 40-week

The 40 -week course is considered part-time, as you will be learning on average for 20 hours a week.

If you are working full-time, you will need to review the timetable when it is available a week before the course starts with your employer, and plan your learning, particularly the live workshops, into your working week.

As a guide, you will have the following learning activities across the programme:

  • Guided learning throughout each week
  • 2 hour live workshops: 1 each week on average (2-3 workshops in your first three weeks)
  • 30mins Town Hall meetings: 1 every 6-10 weeks
  • 6 x 10 mins personal supervision meetings throughout the programme
  • Summative Assessments throughout the programme

 

You can see an example schedule here

 

Please note, programmes details are developing and can be subject to change.

 

WANT A PREVIEW OF OUR COURSE?

Access the Graduate Diploma in Law Demo 

 

 What do students say?

From the College's GFL programmes that finished in 2023, the College has a 100% student satisfaction rate with the programme overall, with a recommendation score of 9.5 out of 10.

100% satisfaction levels with group support for teaching and learning
100% satisfaction levels with workshops
100% satisfaction levels with the 1-2-1 meetings throughout the programme

“A great and flexible learning design and approach to help me in my study Its was convenient for me to study while working as well The school fees are very moderate and payments paid by instalments came handy offering high value and focused learning”

“The course really helped me to get a handle on UK law, and the mixture of scenarios and issues coursework have helped me to feel more confident in my legal knowledge.”

“I really enjoyed the Criminal law workshops, the way that Naomi guided us through the workshops provided me with a deeper understanding of the type of information they were looking for and how to answer each question. I felt similarly about the Trusts workshops.”

“Really enjoyed both Laura and Eddie’s teaching style. How they explained things and gave more detail around the subject and their patience.”

Course details

Admissions Criteria

  • UK undergraduate degree with minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent qualification or experience, OR 3 A-Levels (or equivalent qualification), alongside at least two years work experience in legal services (for example, as a paralegal)
  • Applications are still invited from those with a third-class degree, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are applying with a third-class degree, you will be asked to submit a Personal Statement as part of your application, summarising any circumstances which resulted in your degree classification. You may also be invited to an informal interview with our Academic Team to further discuss suitability for admission.
  • If English isn’t your first language, English language qualifications equivalent to IELTS at level 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each component (writing, listening, speaking, reading). You can be exempt from this requirement if you have a qualification which is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree which was taught in English. Please refer to our Admissions Guidance for full entry criteria details.

 

Click here to see our Admissions Guidance.

 

Credits

This programme carries 90 credits at FHEQ level 6. You need to achieve a pass in each of the 7 modules to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law. 

 

Course Options

Full-time 20-week course (30-35 hours of study per week, with more hours in the first two weeks)

Part-time 40-week course (15-20 hours of study per week, with more hours in the first two weeks)

 

Course Fees

Fees for 2024: £3,250

A deposit is required to secure your place and you can pay via instalments, please see the fee schedule for details.

Once you have accepted your place, you will be eligible for a 10% discount on all preparation courses for the SQE and courses within the Developing Legal Professionals Programme, please see the fee schedule for details.

 

Timing

Go to the Course Schedule for all programme dates.

 

How to Apply

Applications are open for courses starting in 2024.

APPLY HERE

If you have any questions about your circumstances or the programme, please contact us.

Frequently asked questions

Does it include an SQE prep course as well or do you need to do it separately?

The GDL is a separate programme from the College’s SQE prep courses. But it is designed to prepare non-law graduates, or those who have no knowledge of the English & Welsh legal system, for a seamless transition onto our SQE prep courses or LLM in Legal Practice.

What are the key differences between the GDL and the LLM in Legal Practice?

The GDL is a short and focused law conversion course for non-law graduates and sits at Level 6. It covers the basic foundations of law for students, that they would have covered if they had taken an undergraduate LLB.

Whereas the LLM in Legal Practice is a Masters (Level 7) programme, so next level up and allows students to study the College’s SQE prep courses as two modules, and modules on particular areas of practice in more depth. It is a much longer programme (1-2 years) and gives you a strong platform in legal practice for you to be an effective NQ solicitor.

Can I take the LLB/LLM top-up after completing your GFL course?

The admission criteria for our LLM in Legal Practice (Level 7) includes that you must have an undergraduate degree (FHEQ level 6 or above) or equivalent. The GDL is a focused law conversion course for non-law graduates and sits at Level 6. Therefore after completion you would be eligible to register for the LLM in Legal Practice or one of our SQE preparation courses.

How do you assess the GDL course? Exam or assignment?

At the end of each module, you will complete two assessments.

For the Introduction to Law module only, this will be comprised of a MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) and SAQ (Short Answer Question) assessment, and a separate assessment on legal research and analysis.

For each of the other six modules, you will have one assessment split into two parts. The two parts are a legal issues assessment and a legal scenario assessment.

What is the difference between this and other Masters conversion courses?

The GDL is for focussed, career minded students who are looking to progress quickly to start their SQE route to qualification. It is much more reasonably priced and takes less time than a full Masters course. It is also at an undergraduate level (Level 6), to reflect the “undergraduate” nature of the foundations of law content.

The College of Legal Practice’s GDL students can progress to their LLM in Legal Practice straight afterwards and will be well positioned to do so with the knowledge they’ve gained in the GDL.

Say you pass SQE1, do you need to secure a training contract in order to pass SQE2?

No, you don’t need to secure a training contract to pass SQE2. But, to become a solicitor via the SQE route, you will need two years Qualifying Work Experience (QWE), which can be done inside or outside of a “training contract”. QWE is much more flexible than a training contract as it can be done before, during or after your SQE assessments and you can undertake QWE in up to four organisations, see the College’s QWE hub for more details.

Does the College’s GDL prepare me for the bar?

Yes, the Bar Standards Board have confirmed to the College that our GDL meets the standards required for a law conversion course as part of the qualification pathway to become a barrister.

This is because it covers the seven foundations of areas of legal knowledge that are specified by both the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Whilst the BSB have confirmed that our GDL meets their criteria, some Bar Practice Providers may have specific entry criteria for their courses, so please check with them.

Student experiences

Hear from two of our students on our law conversion programme, then the GFL, and their experiences of studying with the College.

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