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University of Sheffield – School of Law

University of Sheffield – School of Law

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

Also known as the Common Professional Exam, this is a one-year conversion course for non-law graduates or those who have a law degree from another country.

You can fast-track your way to the next stage of legal training to become either a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in any subject, but we’ll consider each application on its own merits.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

  • English Legal System
  • Torts Law
  • Crime
  • Contract Law
  • Public Law
  • EU Law
  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Company Law

Assessment methods

You’ll attend seminars and be assessed by examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 8,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 16,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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