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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Postgraduate course
Law

This conversion course will allow you to qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus

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Law graduate Euan Lawrence perfected his skills to become a solicitor at our University. He now shares his knowledge with the lawyers of the future, via our University's mentoring scheme.
Entry Requirements
Requirements:

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

If you would like to study this course full-time you will need to make your initial application through the Central Applications Board at this link.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

If you would like to study this course full-time you will need to make your initial application through the Central Applications Board at this link.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

  • Roger Chadwick

Careers

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

PG Dip Law

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““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.

MODULES & LEARNING

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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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    Dean of School

    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.

    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. 

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FEES & FUNDING
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
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    Facilities

    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

    Facilities

    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

    Facilities

    Courtroom

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

An amazing place to spend your days

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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