Graduate Diploma in Law (Graduate Diploma) at Cardiff University - UCAS

Cardiff University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Graduate Diploma) (Taught)

Course summary

If you have graduated in a subject other than law and would like to switch to a legal career, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is for you. If you are thinking of qualifying as a lawyer in England and Wales, this course enables you to,

  • study the structure and doctrines of the legal system in England and Wales and
  • the seven core (foundation) subjects of a law degree: contract law, criminal law, equity & trusts law, EU law, land law, public law and tort law.
The GDL allows you to study these intensively over one year, instead of the three years usually required for a Law degree. If you are thinking of qualifying as a barrister, the GDL gives you the academic modules you will need to pass before progressing to a Bar Training Course (BTC). We also offer a BTC course. If you are thinking of qualifying as a solicitor, the GDL gives you the academic knowledge of legal principles and their application you will need as part of your preparation for the new centrally assessed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (“SQE”), introduced from September 2021.

Entry requirements

The usual academic requirement in an Honours degree from a UK university in a non-law subject, Class 2.2 or above. Applicants from overseas or with non-standard qualifications must apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (if you are planning on qualifying as a barrister). Subject to those, the following criteria will be taken into account: academic record; the applicant’s personal statement; reference from the applicant’s referee; degree of commitment to the legal profession (shown, for example, by placements with solicitors’ firms or equivalent experience); general work experience; reasons for wanting to study the GDL at Cardiff; date on which the application is received by Cardiff University; order of preference of institution and; any special personal reasons affecting ability to study elsewhere. For further information regarding entry requirements, please visit:

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Graduate Diploma in Law (Graduate Diploma) at Cardiff University - UCAS