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BPP University GDL

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

BPP University GDL , The Graduate Diploma in Law is sometimes referred to as the conversion course for non-law graduates who want to qualify as either Solicitors or Barristers. The GDL satisfies the professional body requirements of the academic stage of training for Solicitors and Barristers.

It is a highly flexible programme which you can convert into an LLB (Hons) Degree at no extra cost by studying our Graduate LLB (Hons) once you have completed the GDL. In addition, we run a bespoke lecture series (GDL Extra) and several skills workshops (GDL Skills in Practice) which we have developed in conjunction with some of the leading city law firms. All of these additional programmes are designed to fit seamlessly with your GDL studies, preparing you for practice, helping you polish your performance and boost your prospects.

We are a highly respected law school and provide legal training exclusively to over 60 leading law firms because of the professional relevance of our education and the high quality of our teaching, facilities and learning materials.

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details
Locations*
Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London Waterloo, Manchester and online.
Study OptionsDurationStart date
Full-time and part-time
One-year, full-time
18 months – two-years, part-time
September, January and April
Modes of studyAssessment
Face-to-face, Online (via Online Classroom Live)Examinations, computer-based assessments and independent research essay
How to apply
Applications for the full-time GDL must be made online through the Central Applications Board (CAB).
For our part-time GDL you apply direct to BPP University using the part time application form.
*Subject to demand. Please note programmes/modes may not run at all locations. 

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Entry requirements

UK/EU Students

The BPP University Graduate Diploma in Law is right for you if you:

  • Are a non-law graduate
  • Are an overseas law graduate
  • Have a non-qualifying law degree
  • Are a non-graduate with significant managerial experience

If you are a UK graduate, you’ll need a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject from a recognised UK institution. You are guaranteed a place if your honours degree is a 2:1 or above. Students without a 2:2 honours degree from the UK or Republic of Ireland are required to evidence that they meet the academic entrance requirements of the relevant professional body. This includes applicants with overseas degrees or mature students without an undergraduate degree. Intending solicitors should contact our Admissions Team on for assistance. Intending barristers should contact the Bar Standards Board directly at barstandardsboard.org.uk.

Non-EU international students

We welcome students from all over the world. For our GDL programme you will need:

  • Evidence that you meet the academic entrance requirements of the relevant professional body. This includes applicants with overseas degrees or mature students without an undergraduate degree. Intending solicitors should contact our Admissions Team for assistance. Intending barristers should contact the Bar Standards Board directly at barstandardsboard.org.uk
  • If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a ‘majority English Speaking Country’ an IELTS level 6.5 score or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in each area.

Once you are accepted on the programme, we are able to offer specialist support for arranging visas and other matters.

If you do not hold an undergraduate degree

To apply for a place on the GDL request a call back