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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

International Scholarships available


This conversion course will allow you to go on to the next stage of training to qualify as a solicitor or barrister if you are a non-law graduate. As with the LLM Qualifying Law Degree, this course covers the key foundation subjects needed to complete the academic stage of your training for either profession, as required by the major professional bodies in law.

You will have the opportunity to be partnered with a mentor, a Leeds-based legal professional, who will be able to advise on your career aspirations and provide practical support to help you deepen your understanding of legal practices. You will benefit from tailored career development sessions focusing on interview skills, CV writing and networking.

You could opt to study on campus and learn through a mix of online activities, directed study and small group workshops, or you could choose the distance learning option with your course delivered entirely online.

Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones.

Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

For more information visit the SRA and BSB websites:

Our course is delivered by staff with significant professional expertise. You will engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism. All students on the course have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

Caroline Acton of Berwins Solicitors in Harrogate completed both the PG Dip Law and the Legal Practice Course at Leeds Law School. She says, "Throughout the course I developed vital professional skills such as interviewing and advising within legal areas."

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Roger Chadwick


Roger Chadwick
Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Marketing Awdry, Bailey and Douglas Solicitors

PG Dip Law

““My course gave me an excellent grounding in the legal process covering many different areas of law. Most of my lecturers were former solicitors and the practical experience they shared helped me to prepare for my career in law.

Teaching and learning

You will prepare a 2000 word literature review leading to the development of a research proposal, followed by the completion of a 5000 word Independent Legal Research project.

Examine the general principles of law which govern questions of criminal responsibility, together with selected specific offences.

This module considers the creation and use of the trust in the public and private arenas, commercial and domestic relationships and the duties and liabilities of trustees

Explore the formation of a contract, the contents and the varying ways that parties may be relieved of their obligations under a contract. You will also examine the consequences of breach of contract.

Discover the sources of law and the law making process, and the skills required to interpret and analyse the law.

This module considers the law relating to the ownership and transfer of property as well as the various interests that are capable of being created over land.

You will focus on the law relating to the UK Constitution and the law relating to human rights, anti-terrorism and judicial review.

Explore the founding principles of the law of the European Union and develop a critical understanding of the nature and purpose of European developments and regulations.

You will explore negligence and its key components, and will explore and examine economic loss, psychiatric harm, occupiers' liability, trespass to the person, nuisance and damages.

Deveral Capps
Deveral Capps
Dean of School

Deveral joined the University in 2015 and has been involved with Higher Education for over 20 years. He is an experienced lawyer and has practised as a barrister in both civil and criminal law, in courts across the North of England.  As a legal academic he has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels and published widely on legal education, legal skills and eCommerce law.  He is a consultant to both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board and is a member of the Bar Future Training Task Group. 

Leeds Law School sits in the heart of Leeds, the most important legal centre outside London. The guest speakers we welcome, our mentoring scheme, the networking and careers events we run, our courtroom and law clinic mean we're perfectly placed to ensure an excellent educational experience for our students.
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Fees & funding


  • Portland

    Leeds Law School is located in Portland, close to the city's legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Courtroom

    Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.


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