• College of Law introduces January-start GDL from 2013

  • 2 July 2012

  • Students at The College of Law will be able to start their full-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course in January from next year.

    The College is to run a January-start GDL at its Birmingham, Chester, London Moorgate and York centres from 2013. The eight-month course involves face-to-face tuition delivered over four days per week and finishes in September.

    The move follows the introduction in 2012 of accelerated seven-month Legal Practice Course programmes starting in January, July and September with a choice of corporate, commercial/private and legal aid study modes.

    Sarah Hutchinson, the College’s Board Member for Business Development, said: “One thing that our students tell us they want in their learning choices is flexibility. We therefore aim to provide as much flexibility as possible in how, when and where students can learn. We already offer a range of full-time, part-time and online learning programmes delivered using a structured mix of learning methods, including face-to-face teaching and cutting-edge, multi-media tools. Providing flexibility in course start dates is another important development."

    The Graduate Diploma in Law gives non-law graduates an entry route into the profession. The College’s GDL offers practical learning alongside academic study delivered by qualified, practice-experienced lawyers and is focussed on equipping students with the professional skills they need for their career in law and helping them succeed in the competitive job market.

    Its unique ‘Preparing for Practice’ module allows students to gain first-hand experience of real-life situations through the practical application of knowledge and skills learned in lectures and small group workshops, supported by the College’s online learning resources.

    The College’s GDL is designed in consultation with leading law firms and a range of major firms, including Ashurst, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Pinsent Masons and SNR Denton, send all their trainees to the College for the course.

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)