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GDIPL GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL STUDIES

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GDIPL GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL STUDIES

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Graduate Diploma
Duration (years)
1

Assessment for Year 1

Two of your autumn semester modules (currently Land Law and The Law of Trusts) will assessed though a mix of coursework and exam. The others are assessed by exam only.

Throughout your course you will be given guidance on your work and constructive feedback to help you improve. You will receive written feedback for all pieces of coursework, which can be discussed with your module organiser.

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Assessment for Year 1

Two of your autumn semester modules (currently Land Law and The Law of Trusts) will assessed though a mix of coursework and exam. The others are assessed by exam only.

Throughout your course you will be given guidance on your work and constructive feedback to help you improve. You will receive written feedback for all pieces of coursework, which can be discussed with your module organiser.

Admissions Live Chat   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors degree or equivalent (minimum 2.2 or international equivalent)

Degree subject

Non Law degree (for UK Study)

Additional entry requirements

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) specify eligibility requirements for the GDL.  All applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet these eligibility requirements and are advised to consult the following websites prior to applying:

Bar Standards Board - https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Solicitor's Regulation Authority - www.sra.org.uk 

Applicants who have studied in the UK/Republic of Ireland should normally hold a good first degree in any subject, excluding Law.  Applicants who have studied outside of the UK should have the equivalent of a good first degree in any subject.  

Please note that all students must attend the induction programme and pass a short piece of coursework in order to enter the Diploma course.

Special Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from students with non-standard degrees (i.e. a degree that is awarded without classification) or overseas degree holders of a standard equivalent to a 2:2.  Such applicants must, however, note the following;-

Applicants in this category wishing to qualify as a barrister 

Any applicant who has a degree other than a UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate degree at 2:2 level or above and who wishes to qualify as a barrister will need to apply to the BSB for a Certificate of Academic Standing. This includes applicants with overseas undergraduate degrees and applicants with non-standard UK / Republic of Ireland Degrees.  Details of the process are available on the BSB website. Although we do not make admission to the GDL conditional upon having a Certificate of Academic Standing, it is important to note that such candidates will not be able to use the GDL as a step towards qualifying for the Bar (as opposed to becoming a solicitor) unless prior to admission to the GDL they have obtained the Certificate of Academic Standing from the BSB. It is their own responsibility to do this. Admission to the GDL does not imply either that the BSB's requirements as regards a Certificate of Academic Standing are met or that successful completion of the course will count towards qualification as a barrister if the student in question has not obtained a Certificate of Academic Standing as outlined above. 

Applicants in this category wishing to qualify as a solicitor

For applicants who wish to qualify as a solicitor, since July 2014 the Solicitor's Regulation Authority no longer requires applicants with overseas degrees to apply for Certificates of Academic Standing. 

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in reading and writing and minimum 6.0 in listening and speaking).

  • PTE (Pearson): 65 (minimum 58 in reading and writing and 50 in listening and speaking).

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year with the next intake being Monday 21 September 2020.

 

Course Reference Number: 1544153

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2021/22 are:

  • UK Students: £8,300 (full time)

  • International Students: £17,600 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.

 

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Reference Number: 1544153

How to apply

Applications for the Diploma are made through the centralised Central Applications Board.
Tel: +44(0)1483 451080.

Applicants who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK are advised that the process can take up to two months in some countries. Please make sure that applications are submitted to study in good time to obtain a visa.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Course Reference Number: 1544153
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Attendance
Full Time
Award
Graduate Diploma
Duration (years)
1
This intensive, one-year course is designed to enable non-law graduates to convert to a legal career path and study for the required ‘Qualifying Law Degree’ to complete the academic stage of legal training. Following successful completion of this diploma, you will be eligible to progress to the legal professional exams: either the Legal Practice Course for solicitors or, if you wish to qualify as a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course.
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