Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

The Graduate Diploma in Law is sometimes referred to as the conversion course for non-law graduates who want to qualify as either Solicitors or Barristers. The GDL satisfies the professional body requirements of the academic stage of training for Solicitors and Barristers.

BPP Law School’s GDL gives you more weekly contact time and more ways to study than any other leading provider. It’s a highly flexible programme, and we’ve created extra optional content (including Company Law) as well as an additional professional skills programme developed in conjunction with some of the leading city law firms. All designed to prepare you for practice, polish your performance and boost your prospects.

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is awarded by BPP University.

We're a highly respected law school and provide legal training exclusively to over 38 leading law firms.

Programme Details


Locations*
BirminghamBristolCambridge, LeedsLiverpoolLondon Waterloo and Manchester
Study Options Duration Start date Fees
Full time and part time 1 year full time
1.5-2 years part time
September, January 2014-15 from £7,980
Delivery Mode UCAS Code School Subject Area
Classroom, online, both N/A Law School Law
Exemptions Funding Available Scholarships Pathway
N/A Yes Yes N/A
*Subject to demand. Please note programmes/modes may not run at all locations.

^Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan for students starting their course in September 2014 are available by telephoning 03332 209 864, emailing admissions@bpp.com or by visiting the Investec website

Key Information

  • Weekly catch-up or consolidation sessions in all subjects
  • All classes and materials are available online for consolidation and revision catch-up
  • Dedicated personal tutor support throughout your studies
  • Two start dates a year in January or September
  • Flexibility when you study; weekdays, weekends, daytime or evening (dependent upon location and mode of study)
  • Enhance your employability with our professional skills programme
  • More ways to study choose face-to-face, online or both
  • Access specialist careers advice from the moment you accept your place, until you secure your first legal position
  • Learn about specialist areas of law in GDL Extra
  • Funding available through the exclusive Law Loan from Investec^, Scholarships and interest-free payment plans
Call Admissions: 03331 226 676
 Start dates and locations

Benefit from our Career Guarantee

If you start your GDL and go on to study our LPC or BPTC you'll benefit from our Career Guarantee.

If you don't get obtain a training contract or pupillage within six months of completing your LPC* or BPTC** you can study another qualification at BPP, worth up to £16,500, for free. To find out more please visit our Career Guarantee page

* LPC Terms and conditions
** BPTC Terms and conditions

Preparing you for practice

The BPP University GDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition from being a non-law graduate into a career in law. We don't just give you an excellent qualification, we give you an insight into life in practice, so you enter the next stage of your training more informed, more prepared and more effective, and able to demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages.

Once you have successfully completed your GDL exams, you have the opportunity to specialise or develop an understanding in alternative areas, take two extra modules and you could graduate with a Graduate LLB (Hons) awarded by BPP University.  The Graduate Diploma in Law is awarded by BPP University and is validated by the Joint Academic Stage Board.

More details about the programme can be found in the programme specification handbook.

When you have passed your GDL, you're guaranteed a place on our LPC, the next step to becoming a solicitor. Or you can apply for our BPTC, the next step to becoming a barrister. 

How the programme is taught

We assume you have no prior knowledge of law when you start your GDL, so you get a full induction programme and a high level of support from day one. This includes outstanding learning materials and online resources. All study materials are included in the fee. All lectures and resources have online equivalents.

You'll be taught by our experienced legal professionals and academics with time split evenly between tutorials and lectures as well as regular consolidation sessions and a wealth of online resources. For full details view our Locations tab.

What you will experience in the classroom

BPP University's ethos is learning by doing. Classes are designed with an interactive focus, based on discussions, debates and resolving practical case studies. You will learn the academic knowledge, but as importantly you will learn how it's applied in practice, with a logical approach, presenting your arguments persuasively and in a structured manner.

You will study up to 21 hours a week in the classroom environment. Tutorials are taught in groups of around 18 students, giving you a high level of student/tutor contact time. For full details of delivery of lectures, tutorials and consolidation classes view our Locations tab.

All our students also have a Personal Tutor and access to a Student Advisor, should you need any guidance or additional support outside of class time.

Assessment

The programme is assessed using:

  • One examination per module
  • Statute analysis test
  • Case analysis test
  • EU Project and CBT assessment
  • Multiple choice test on the English Legal System
  • Independent research essay

International students with Tier 4 student visas CANNOT study the GDL in our Cambridge or Leeds study centres

Independent research essay options

We offer a wide range of titles, and will always consider individual topics suggested by students. Current options include intellectual property, succession, company law, family law, housing law, medical law and public international law.

Study Options

Personalise your GDL timetable

BPP gives you more control over the way you study with face-to-face, online distance learning, or a combination of both available. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. Face-to-face GDL classes are taught on two set days per week during the core teaching term, at the following centres, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.

You can start in January or September. For full-time study, both options take nine months. Or if you choose part-time and start in January, you'll finish in 18 months – ready to start the LPC or BPTC in September. If you start part-time in September the programme takes two academic years.

Study the GDL 100% online

With our high-quality distance learning materials you can study the entire GDL online. Watch or listen to lectures in MP4 format whenever and wherever you want, and log into online tutorials at scheduled times.

In accordance with the General Academic Regulations of BPP University it is possible to take examinations overseas in an assessment centre approved by BPP University. For more details please contact admissions

Although you may opt to study 100% online, we still offer you the reassurance of optional face-to-face tutorials if you ever want to switch. In London these are run through weekend and/or block sessions at regular intervals over the year.

Optional modules

With the BPP GDL, you're given access to an unrivalled range of additional modules, designed to get you ahead and give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:

  • Company law module
  • Further specialist law modules – start specialising early in areas such as Intellectual Property or Public International Law, so you can demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
  • Professional Skills modules developed with leading city firms – Featuring areas like legal writing and legal research
  • Mandarin Chinese – Gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).

Specialist careers advice

From the moment you accept your place until you secure your first legal position, you can use our careers service. With our one-to-one support, we aim to give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything from access to our vacancies database to advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.

Part-time GDL

Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. BPP offers a variety of part-time modes:

  • Evenings: taught between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Each module is taught by a one-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial per week. We run lectures on one evening per week, but all our lectures are recorded and made available to students online
  • Weekends: one Saturday every fortnight, consisting of tutorials. Lectures delivered online
  • Day: taught on one half-day per week from 9am - 1.30pm in year 1 and from 9am - 2.40pm in year 2. Lectures are delivered online
  • Distance learning: weekly online lectures and tutorials with optional face-to-face tuition.

Please note live lectures for part-time programmes are only offered in London (Waterloo). Modes are subject to availability and vary between centres.

Term dates January 2015

Modules

You will study an introduction to the English legal system followed by the seven foundation modules, through a one-hour tutorial and a one-hour lecture per week – plus regular consolidation in each module.

As a part-time GDL student your modules will be structured as follows:

  • Year one: Contract Law, Law of Torts, Constitutional Law
  • Year two: Land Law, Law of Equity and Trusts, Criminal Law, Law of the European Union, Independent Research Essay

Whether you're a full-time or part-time student, you can also choose to study our additional optional professional skills modules:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing


You can also choose from various specialist legal subject modules:

  • Evidence and Forensics
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Law in the City
  • Company Law

Please note that modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations.

Compulsory Credits
Contract Law 20
Consitutional and Administrative Law 20
Law of Torts 20
Land Law 20
Research 30
Criminal Law 20
Law of the European Union 15
Law of Equity and Trusts 20

Entry requirements

UK/EU Students

The BPP University Graduate Diploma in Law is right for you if you:

  • Are a non-law graduate
  • Are an overseas law graduate
  • Have a non-qualifying law degree
  • Are a non-graduate with significant managerial experience.

If you are a UK graduate, you'll need a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject from a recognised UK institution. You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is a 2:1 or above. Students without an undergraduate degree from the UK conferred by an institution with degree awarding powers in the UK or Republic of Ireland ("undergraduate degree" does not include Foundation Degrees) will also need a Certificate of Academic Standing (COAS) from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) or Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Non-EU international students

We welcome students from all over the world. For our GDL programme you will need:

Once you are accepted on the programme, we are able to offer specialist support for arranging visas and other matters. If you need help or advice, please call our support team on +44 (0)20 7430 7065.

If you do not hold an undergraduate degree

To apply for a place on the GDL you will need a Certificate of Academic Standing (COAS) from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) or Bar Standards Board (BSB).

To find out more about whether you may be eligible on the basis of your professional experience you can:

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as you're ready – priority is given to applicants who have placed BPP as their first choice.

If you have any questions about your application you can contact Admissions on +44 (0) 845 077 5566 or at admissions@bpp.com

Key dates

January 2015 start

  • Applications are now open
  • The programme starts during the week commencing 5th January 2015

Students studying online will be required to attend in the UK for all programme examinations except where BPP University has agreed alternative arrangements with the student prior to enrolment.

Start dates and study locations

You can study your GDL face-to-face at our study centres across the UK. Here you'll find high quality facilities and comfortable classroom environments. View a full list of start dates and locations. Lectures and consolidation classes are delivered online in all centres. GDL September start lectures are all delivered live in Leeds, London and Manchester.

If you prefer to study from home or overseas, you can also choose our Graduate Diploma in Law distance learning option with our high quality online media and materials.

Students studying online will be required to attend in the UK for all programme examinations except where BPP University has agreed alternative arrangements with the student prior to enrolment.

Study centres in:


International students

International students with Tier 4 student visas cannot study the GDL in our Cambridge study centre.

January 2015 Start GDL 

  Tutorials Lectures Consolidation Revision Lectures Revision Seminars
Leeds Live Online Online Online Live
London Live Online Online Online Live
Manchester Live Online Online Online Live

 

Paying for your GDL

Exclusive Law Loan

A Law Loan, from Investec, of up to £25,000 is available exclusively to BPP's full-time GDL students

Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan for students starting their course in September 2014 are available by telephoning 03332 209 864, emailing admissions@bpp.com or by visiting the Investec website

Instalment options

UK and EU students can study part or full-time, and we offer several interest free instalment plans to spread the cost of your GDL programme. Download a full list of fees payment plans for 2015 (PDF - 230KB).

View a full list of start dates and locations.

GDL 2015 start

Full-time and part-time programmes

Location Total (inc £250 deposit)
Birmingham £8,080 
Bristol £8,080
Cambridge £8,800
Leeds £7,980
Liverpool £7,980
London (Waterloo) £9,990
Manchester £7,980
Distance £9,990

GDL exemptions

Location Per Module
All Locations See below

Fee per module for GDL Exemption Students is 1/8th of the full price at each centre.

 

International students

Our GDL is the same price for international students as for UK and EU students.


A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800
Exemption entries £1,100

Scholarships

BPP welcomes and supports applications for student scholarships. We offer £300,000 of scholarships and discretionary awards for our law programmes.

International students

For more information:
Tel: 03331 224 359
Email: internationaladmissions@bpp.com