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Graduate Diploma in Law (Distance learning)

Nottingham Trent University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Graduate Diploma

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

For non-Law graduates interested in becoming a solicitor or barrister, this course is the stepping stone to the LLM Legal Practice Course or LLM Barristers Training Course and your legal career. This flexible, distance-learning course lets you combine study with work and other commitments. Extensive support and 24-hour access to learning resources ensure that you achieve your full potential.

About the course

This is a two-year conversion course designed for non-Law graduates intending to become solicitors or barristers in the UK, or wishing to enhance their career prospects with a legal qualification. The intensive course covers the seven core academic subjects of an undergraduate law degree. It enables progression to the LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC), or the LLM Barristers Training Course (LLM BTC), and a legal career thereafter. This course is also available on a full-time basis. Overseas students should note that the GDL is usually only recognised as a qualifying Law course within the UK.


Each subject is assessed individually, by coursework in three subjects (throughout the two years) and an exam in each subject studied in Year One or Year Two.

Your future career

Although a career in the law is potentially very rewarding, you should be under no illusions that the current market is anything other than highly competitive. However, some firms will prefer you to be a non-Law undergraduate because of your broader knowledge base from previous studies or qualifications; your maturity and commitment; and your practical, relevant, well-rounded legal knowledge gained by studying the core subjects in context on the GDL.

As most city and larger provincial firms recruit two years in advance, it is worth writing to them now in order to see if they will offer you a work placement or an interview. Some will pay your fees if they offer you a training contract. Obtaining some form of work experience is important in showing your interest to potential employers and for finding out what a career in law is really like.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 4,445per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Nottingham Trent University

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    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 103 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    118 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%



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