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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (Online)
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*This is a new course and is subject to academic approval. The course may be subject to change and confirmed details of the content of the course will be published in our online prospectus from June 2017, subject to the course having been approved for delivery.

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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (Online)

Postgraduate course
Law

Complete the academic stage of legal education that you will need to train as a solicitor or barrister if you don't have a qualifying law degree.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus
*This is a new course and is subject to academic approval. The course may be subject to change and confirmed details of the content of the course will be published in our online prospectus from June 2017, subject to the course having been approved for delivery.

Your Course

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Our Library is open 24/7 every day of the year and you will be able to access the resources you need to support your studies online whenever you choose. You will also have access to technical support.
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.

Students wishing to undertake the PGDip Graduate Diploma in Law for the purpose of qualification as a barrister must:
  • Hold a UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded at or above 2:2; or
  • Have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board on the basis of an overseas degree or a non-standard UK/Republic of Ireland degree; or
  • Have been approved by the Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee as suitable for admission as a mature student.

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.

Students wishing to undertake the PGDip Graduate Diploma in Law for the purpose of qualification as a barrister must:
  • Hold a UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded at or above 2:2; or
  • Have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board on the basis of an overseas degree or a non-standard UK/Republic of Ireland degree; or
  • Have been approved by the Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee as suitable for admission as a mature student.

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.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

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Careers

Phil Robinson
Associate Solicitor and Notary Public, Langleys Solicitors LLP

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“I considered other options when choosing where to study for my masters but I knew from past experience I could rely on Leeds Beckett to thoroughly prepare me for the workplace. I'm now a solicitor specialising in conveyancing and the advanced expertise I developed on my course helps me to succeed in my role every day.

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You will learn using our Virtual Learning Environment, supported by academic staff with extensive teaching and legal experience. Choosing to study this flexible distance learning course enables you to fit your learning around your current lifestyle and commitments.

Our Leeds Law School regularly welcomes guest speakers in prominent legal positions and you will be able to access their lectures digitally if you are unable to attend on-campus. You will be able to hear from experts like Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive of The Law Society for England and Wales, discuss what the future might have in store for the solicitors? profession.

Our Careers Service is on hand to support you with all aspects of planning your career, including writing your CV, job applications and how to make the most of industry and graduate fairs.
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    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
Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £832 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.6. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £832 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.6. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.
  • Virtual Learning Environment

    Facilities

    Virtual Learning Environment

    The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

  • Library and online resources

    Facilities

    Library and online resources

    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.

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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.

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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