Swansea University's Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), also sometimes referred to as the Common Professional Examination (CPE) is a programme for non-law graduates, or those with equivalent qualifications, wishing to either enter the legal profession or work in law-related employment. The GDL is designed to provide the legal knowledge necessary to satisfy the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and the Institute of Legal Executives.
- The GDL is a full-time, 36-week, intensive course designed to facilitate the acquisition of sound legal knowledge in those areas of law which are known as the 'Foundations of Law' plus one additional area of law.
- The course is preceded by a two-week period of directed reading on the English Legal System and the principles of legal scholarship (no attendance required, home study).
- Teaching commences with an induction period which includes a short block of lectures and seminars concentrating on the English Legal System and the acquisition of legal skills.
- The foundation subjects of Contract, Tort, Public Law, Equity & Trusts, Land Law, Criminal Law, and European Union Law are taught by means of a series of lectures and compulsory seminars spanning two teaching blocks.
- A further legal subject is studied by means of a supervised research project.
- Class contact averages 16 hours per week. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week, attending classes and undertaking private study.
The Swansea GDL is a full-time, 36-week intensive course, commencing 5th September 2017. It is designed to provide the legal knowledge necessary to satisfy the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board and the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX).