Awarded by: De Montfort University, Common Professional Examination Board
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course is also commonly known as the law conversion course or Common Professional Examination (CPE). Our GDL is offered in partnership with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice - a prestigious law school with a personal touch.
The GDL offers students who have not done a law degree the opportunity to reach the same standard as law graduates in certain key areas of law. The course is designed for non-law graduates, or those such as Graduate Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) who have equivalent qualifications, and mature students, who wish to become solicitors or barristers.
Leicester Institute of Legal Practice recognises that your needs as a distance learning student differ from those of full-time students, and have brought in CILEx Law School's expertise in distance learning to ensure that the administration and management of the courses is optimised for the distance learner. You will attend occasional weekend sessions at Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, which is housed in an impressive new £35m building with state-of-the-art facilities including a mock law court and integrated law library.
If you successfully complete your GDL with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice you will be guaranteed a place on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This guarantee is available if you commence the LPC straight after completing the GDL and if you pass all the GDL subjects at the first attempt. You will be eligible to be awarded a Graduate LLB from De Montfort University if you complete both the GDL and the LPC with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice.