Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

the United Kingdom

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The award
GDL

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 7500 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 11700 per year

All study options

About Graduate Diploma in Law at Swansea University

If you want to enter the legal profession or work in a law-related career, but have a non-law degree, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is ideal for you.

Also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE), this course will give you the legal skills and knowledge you need to meet the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board, and the Institute for Legal Executives.

With this qualification, you can enter the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardGDLHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 7500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 11700 per year

Entry requirements

Those with overseas degrees:

(i) If you plan to qualify as a solicitor you should make your application as normal, through the Central Applications Board (CAB).

On receipt of your application, Swansea University will assess the equivalence of your international qualification by reference to UK NARIC

(ii) If you plan to qualify as a barrister you should obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board.

Mature applicants with alternative qualifications or experience:

If you plan to qualify as either a solicitor or barrister, you should obtain your Certificate of Academic Standing from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA or the Bar Standards Board.

What students think about Swansea University

    Farhana Jaidin, Brunei (Politics)

    Swansea has a lot of tourist attractions and aside from that, the city is bustling with every entertainment you could think of, cinemas, restaurants, occasional student gatherings, you name it!

    Swansea is also within easy reach from London or Cardiff Airport, three hours and an hour respectively, so it is effortless if students want to travel for a mini weekend break.

    People in Swansea live in a close community so you don’t feel left out. You are so much in a part of the family as everyone else is. The student societies are very active in Swansea University and there are a lot of choices to choose from.

    Abir Abdul-Rahim, Malaysia

    Where are you from?
    Shah Alam, Malaysia

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?
    Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Kuala Lumpur for A Levels.
    Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan for high school.

    Why choose Swansea University?
    Low cost living and student life here is said to be good. Making it a conducive environment to study.

    What course are you doing?
    BSc Actuarial Science

    What do you do in your free time?
    I am involved with student body organisation based in London called UKEC (United Kingdom and Eire Council). It's a representative of all Malaysian Societies in the UK and Eire. Am currently the National Treasurer of it.

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?
    Being part of the societies and organized student events for our fellow students here. It has helped me to mingle well with the other nationalities.

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