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Graduate Diploma in Law (Graduate Diploma)

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

    Graduate Diploma

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

A conversion course to Law for graduates from other disciplines.

If you are thinking of qualifying as a lawyer in England and Wales, our Graduate Diploma in Law enables you to study the structure and doctrines of the legal system in England and Wales and the seven core (foundation) subjects of a law degree: contract law, criminal law, equity & trusts law, EU law, land law, public law and tort law.

You’ll study these intensively over one year, instead of the three years usually required for a Law degree.

If you are thinking of qualifying as a barrister, the GDL gives you the academic modules you’ll need to pass before progressing to a Bar Training Course (BTC) which can also be studied at the School of Law and Politics.

If you are thinking of qualifying as a solicitor, the GDL may allow you to progress to the current professional stage of legal training, the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Alternatively, the GDL gives you the academic knowledge of black-letter law you’ll need as part of your preparation for the new centrally assessed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which is due to be introduced from September 2021. Before undertaking the SQE, you’ll also need to have studied the professional aspects of practice currently taught through Legal Practice Courses (LPCs) but once the new centralised assessment regime is in place, LPC courses will be replaced by a range of courses aimed at preparing students for the SQE. Cardiff is currently developing SQE preparation courses to succeed its current LPC course following the introduction of the new regime.

Application deadline

30 April 2021

Tuition fees

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University information

Cardiff University

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  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University is a global institution, with over 7,900 international students from more than 130 countries.
The university welcomes applications from international students and offer specialist facilities and dedicated support to help with a student’s studies.
Cardiff came second in the 2020 Natwest Student Living Index for monthly rental costs in UK university cities, and twelfth in terms of overall living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 103 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    155 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    79 79%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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