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Graduate Diploma

How long you will study
1 year

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About Law at Nottingham Trent University

For non-Law graduates interested in becoming a solicitor or barrister, this course is the stepping stone to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and a career as a solicitor or barrister in the UK. The course is approved by the Law Society and Bar Standards Board.

Why choose this course?

  • It provides non-Law graduates with a route to becoming a solicitor or barrister in the UK.
  • It's accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board.
  • You can gain legal work experience through our award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
  • We offer a Commercial Awareness / Business Skills module which will help you to increase your employability.
  • Students who successfully complete this course are guaranteed a place on Nottingham Law School's highly regarded LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC). Successful candidates intending to be barristers are also looked upon favourably for a place on our LLM Bar Professional Training Course. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. These courses can reach maximum capacity prior to the course start date.
  • You will be taught in small groups by supportive teaching staff.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Our summer schools programme will provide you with an insight into international law.

How you're taught

The Law School has a reputation for teaching Law in a practical and relevant way. Our GDL aims to combine academic study with a practical focus. Lectures and tutorials are designed to encourage interactive learning, where students learn by doing in small groups rather than by passive listening in old-style "chalk and talk" lectures. Weekly tutorials are designed to allow time for consolidation and analysis.

There are six or seven one-hour lectures and six or seven one-hour tutorials per week, plus significant independent study. Modules are taught on weekdays, with class hours usually between 9 am and 5 pm. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend more than one a day.

Lecture Capture

Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.


You will be assessed by a combination of in-course assessments (approximately 30%) and end-of-year examinations (approximately 70%).

Careers and employability

Your future career

Successful completion of this course guarantees you a place on our excellent-rated LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) for intending solicitors. It also enables you to progress on to the LLM Bar Professional Training Course (LLM BPTC) for intending barristers.

At Nottingham Law School we do not view the GDL in isolation, but as part of a two-year programme with the LLM LPC or LLM BPTC. We have a dedicated careers and placements service, which provides practical advice and will support you in your search for a training contract or pupillage. Many firms will appreciate your well-rounded knowledge and the commitment demonstrated by completing the GDL, and even if you decide not to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister, you will have gained a range of transferable skills that will be highly valued by employers.

Continuing professional development

Nottingham Law School also offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training, and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

There are opportunities to get involved with pro bono projects and Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre, which enable you to gain practical legal work experience.

Our aim is to provide reliable, high-quality legal advice and information to the local community and individuals in need. It also provides practical experience for you to undertake your professional legal training at Nottingham Law School.


  • The £13 million Boots Library has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24-7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces.
  • mock courtrooms provide realistic environments for advocacy and mooting.
  • our Legal Advice Centre is fully regulated,  meaning you can gain pro bono experience in a professional environment.
  • the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings will provide you with an inspiring place to learn.
  • our virtual learning environment (NOW)  allows you to learn online at any time.
  • 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points.
  • a City site Students' Union building giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.

Study options for this course

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (2.2 or above).

Applicants should ensure that their referee provides a full reference in support of their application.

Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS)

The course is only open to those holding qualifications approved by the SRA or Bar Standards Board under the regulations in force from time to time. Anyone with non-standard qualifications may need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS) from either the Bar Standards Board or Solicitors Regulation Authority before they enrol on the GDL.

Full details of who is required to obtain this Certificate can be found on the relevant website:

Bar Standards Board

Solicitors Regulation Authority

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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    “The city is ideal. I’ve been to London a couple of times and frankly it is too busy and too big for me. Nottingham has a city vibe but it’s smaller and as I am based on City Campus there are so many places that you can go without having to even use transportation which economically is very good as well!”

    “There are so many opportunities when you are at NTU. Take advantage of every opportunity that you have. Sign up and do something, it builds up your experience and confidence. NTU is such a relaxing, comfortable environment with so many friendly people.  I’ve met most of my friends from my classes and have met people from so many places. It was a goal of mine to make friends not only from Africa, but from all over the world. The Global Lounge is a great place to meet new people, have a cup of coffee and hang out.

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    "I am 21 and have changed my plans but I think it is the best decision I have made in my life. Fashion has always been my dream and since being here last year, I had never felt such a sense of belonging.

    "I chose NTU because of the social side and the sense of community. This seemed so prevalent here; I have made so many friends from all over the world. There is so much to do in the city. It is so friendly and unified!"

    “My main piece of advice would be to do research about the city before you arrive. Make sure you know where your accommodation is in relation to the rest of the city and where you will be studying, that is really important. I had no idea how big the city was so at the beginning it took time to find out what grocery stores there were and where was good to eat out. Research will help with this as well as not being afraid to explore and find new things. You can ask anyone for help too as it is a really friendly city."

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    “While applying I considered other university courses but NTU had better facilities to offer and the course offered a proper melange of theories and real world applications. I was very particular about module structure, programme-based ranking and university rankings. NTU has a prestigious reputation and the quality of learning they provide is something I considered while applying to this University.”

    “Location was one of the key features of this University as you will find everything conveniently located. Another important aspect is that it is very student friendly. Nottingham has been like living a dream - it has given me a once in a life time opportunity to explore and live independently.”

    “Every day has become a new learning chapter. I believe that my learning as a postgraduate student has significantly enhanced my capabilities and skills set which will help me for my future career. Postgraduate study has given me a new dimension to my career plans as I have discovered new career opportunities where I can work and give back to society. I plan to work as a counsellor or child psychologist in a school or charitable organisation and, after gaining few years of professional experience, I would also consider pursuing a PhD.”

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