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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.

Entry requirements

To enrol on the GDL an applicant must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution. (Please note that those wishing to progress to the Bar should normally have achieved at least a 2 (ii) honours classification in their undergraduate degree.

Those with overseas degrees:

  •  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

  • 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 then you should obtain your Certificate of Academic Standing from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA or the Bar Standards Board.

Additional language requirements:

Prospective students whose first language is not English may also be required to demonstrate their language proficiency by achieving IELTS Level 6.

Course modules

Modules may include: Eighth Legal Subject for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; Contract Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; Criminal Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; English Legal System for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; European Union Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; Land Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; Tort for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; Equity & Trusts for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar; Public Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar.

Assessment methods

The Swansea GDL employs a wide range of assessment methods, including multiple choice tests, coursework, mini-dissertation and traditional 3-hour, unseen examinations. The pass mark for all assessed work is 40%.

Fees

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2018 GBP 11,350 (Year 1) International 1 Years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,850 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 Years

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