Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
The course is exempted from the university’s credit structure.
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
Birmingham City University
The Bar Standard Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)
The GDL/CPE is primarily aimed at non-law graduates, so a good bachelor's degree is usually a minimum requirement. The bachelor's degree must be conferred by a University in the UK or Ireland.
For those who are interested in a career at the bar, you will need a minimum of a lower second class honours degree. Please note that some BPTC providers require a minimum of an upper second class honours degree.
If you have an oversees degree or do not have an undergraduate degree you will need to contact the Bar Standards Board in the first instance for them to make a decision about whether you would be eligible. If you are eligible to join the GDL/CPE they will issue you with a letter to confirm your suitability to start the course (A certificate of Academic Standing).
If you have any queries about this, or have been unsuccessful with your application to the Bar Standards Board, but would still like to consider becoming a solicitor, then you can contact the GDL course Director to discuss your options. It may be possible to offer you a place.
Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 across all elements or equivalent.
Further academic study of Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or professional career.
A GDL/CPE not only prepares you for a career in law, but also equips you with a range of transferrable skills, enabling you to enter a number of professions. Graduates progress into roles as solicitors and barristers, while others pursue law-related careers in both the private and public sectors.
American Legal Practice (ALP)
This module gives you the chance to undertake a unique placement in the USA, gaining first-hand experience and enabling you to enhance your CV and gain new cultural insights. Previous students have worked on death row and various other innovating cases, and have worked in federal and public state defenders offices, private attorney offices and American university law schools.
Students who are considering the ALP module should be aware that:
Informal formative assessment continues throughout the year, including peer and tutor feedback through participation in seminars, submitting answers to problem and essay questions for tutor feedback, on-line quizzes, and an open door policy for students to seek additional feedback as and when they require it. Each of the foundation modules also provide students with 2 ‘formal’ opportunities to attempt previous summative assessment questions, for which individual feedback is provided. Summative assessments are through coursework, (e-portfolio) patchwork assessment, oral presentation and examinations.
Reasons for choosing this course
The overarching philosophy of the programme is to provide students with a sound foundation of legal knowledge in relation to fundamental areas of law, whilst developing skills necessary for the study of law and application of legal principles in practice, and by so doing, meet the requirements of JASB in terms of learning outcomes, skills development and regulations on admission and assessment. However, the programme also encourages and facilitates additional employability skills acquisition and independent learning which is of general benefit to students, whether or not they decide to enter the legal profession, and by so doing, meet the requirements for the award of graduate diploma.
To this end, the programme aims to provide students with:
Main learning outcomes
On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:
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