• Graduate Diploma in Law - Online study (i-GDL)

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  • Study the GDL online with our i-GDL 

    If you’re looking for a truly flexible route to your career as a lawyer, our supported online study programme is the perfect solution. With the i-GDL, you can study when and where you want and receive regular online support and personalised feedback on your work from a University of Law tutor. You’ll have access to the same world-class learning materials, including our unique i-Tutorials and webinars, as students on our full and part-time attendance courses.

  • Why choose our i-GDL?
    Here are just some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor or barrister:

    • We’ve teamed up with leading law firms to design a course that encourages you to think like a lawyer from the start

    • Our online learning resources and individual supervision provide you with relevant knowledge and practical skills, so you will know what to expect in real-life situations

    • Our GDL is endorsed by some of the leading law firms, and we're the preferred training provider to over 30 of them

    • Get award-winning careers support to help you stand out from the crowd as soon as you accept your place

    • Eligibility
      • A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2), or an equivalent qualification.

      • Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates:

        • Future barristers - please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)
        • Future solicitors - please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether you are eligible for the course 
      • A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course

      • If you have a legal qualification from outside England and Wales or have studied aspects of law as part of a non-qualifying degree course, you may be exempted from certain elements of the GDL. If this applies to you:

        • Future barristers - please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)
        • Future solicitors - please e-mail a copy of your degree certificate through to the  Admissions team who can deem whether you are eligible for certain exemptions on the GDL
      • If you are claiming full exemptions for the GDL you will need to apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board or Solicitors Regulation Authority

      Further information can be obtained from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers)

      If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a majority English speaking country:

      A certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning.  Providers that we would suggest you contact are:

      IELTS (academic) Score of 6.5 in all four areas
      ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components
      Pearsons (academic) Score of 58 in all four areas

      Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (tests taken from January 2015)

      Overall 176 with no one component below 176

      Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)

      Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components

      Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)

      Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components

      Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)

      Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components

      Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course. It is important you check out any queries before you apply. 

      i-GDL selection criteria
      • Academic performance at school and university
      • Demonstration of an informed decision to study law
      • Any special circumstances revealed in your application
      • Academic or other references
      The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.

      Visa requirements

      Further information for visa students 

      Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to visaoffice@law.ac.uk 

      It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course.

    • The practical application of the knowledge and skills learned in our small group workshops, supported by our innovative online learning resources including recordings of live lectures, gives you the edge over other candidates in the competitive job market.

      The course is divided into nine modules, made up of seven foundations subjects, a module at the start of the course providing insight into the profession and a self-study module enabling you to study an area of law that you would like to specialise in.

      You'll start with our online pre-course study programme on legal method, designed specifically to prepare you for the GDL, so you're up to speed when you arrive.

      Our online pre-course study programme in legal method is a compulsory and integral part of the GDL and must be completed before you start the course. It has been designed to allow you to work at your own pace and should take you approximately 50 hours to complete.

      Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

      This unique module includes:

      • Insight into the different areas of the legal profession

      • Consideration of the role of legal ethics within the profession

      • Development of key legal skills and professional attributes required by lawyers

      Foundation subjects

      You’ll then study the seven key areas of law:

      Contract law

      You’ll deal with how contracts are made, what happens when they work properly and the remedies available when they go wrong. You’ll look at contract issues which are relevant for both the consumer and business client. In practice, whether you are dealing with contracts in the corporate or commercial world you will be applying the basic principles of contract law that you cover on the course.

      Criminal law

      You probably feel you already know something about criminal law. In fact, the detailed workings of crimes like corporate manslaughter are even more intricate and fascinating than you might have thought. On this course, you'll also grapple with ethical issues, such as whether taking another person's life can ever be justified or excused.

      Equity and trusts

      On this module you'll deal with: the making of gifts, the creation of trusts, the role of trustees in both the family and the wider commercial context, and the remedies against trustees who commit a breach of trust.

      European Union law

      In EC law, you'll assess the impact that British membership of the European Community has had on the English legal system.

      Land law

      You'll study the law relating to the ownership of land, the creation of rights over land such as rights of way and the impact those rights have on the current and future owners of the land.

      Public law

      This module looks at the relationship between Parliament, the Government and the courts, and between the state and individual citizens. You’ll explore the most important aspects of this relationship, including the principles on which the UK constitution is based.


      Tort simply means ‘civil wrong’ and on this course you will study the various ways in which individuals or businesses seek a remedy (often in the form of compensation) for harm which they have suffered or become liable for damage which they have caused.

      Research Project module

      In this module you will plan, research and write an essay, tailored to reflect the area of law in which you intend to specialise. You will have time dedicated in your year planner to undertake this work and detailed guidance on both legal research and legal essay writing skills.

    • Structure
      • Courses start in September and January each year
      • Induction takes place over two days (Saturday and Sunday) and a further seven days spread out over the duration of the course.
      • Study one full module sequentially, every 8/9 weeks over 21 months. You will be assessed on each module at its conclusion, thereby spreading the study and assessments over the duration of the course.
      • Before you start your GDL you will need to complete our online pre-course study programme on legal method. It’s a compulsory and integral part of the course. Designed to help prepare you for your career in law, with no need for advance reading. It takes approximately 50 hours.  


        Regular informal assessments and written and oral feedback from tutors will help you monitor your progress in preparation for the final exams.

        Your final result is based on:

        • Passing a 30-minute, multiple choice open book examination on legal method.
        • Seven, three-hour closed book examinations - one for each foundation subject.
        • Two pieces of coursework: one short essay on ethical considerations in the legal profession and a longer essay based on your own study and research on a legal subject of your choice. 

        i-GDL/part-time GDL Programme Demands (PDF)
        i-GDL Programme Specification (PDF)

      • Course dates & locations
        Centre London Bloomsbury
        London Bloomsbury

        23 September 2017

        6 - 7 January 2018

        Start dates are subject to change.

        i-GDL Course Dates - September 2017

        Occasional attendance is required.

        There is a compulsory induction which takes place over two days (Saturday and Sunday) at the start of the course and a further seven days spread out over the duration of the course.

        More information on our London Bloomsbury centre

      • i-GDL fees for September 2017 and January 2018
        Centre Total Fees Payable 
        London Bloomsbury  £10,890

        Further information about course fees and instalment options.

      • Applications are open for a September 2017 and January 2018 start. 

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    • Thank you for registering your interest in our i-GDL programme. We will be in touch over the next couple of days with all the information you’ll need to know about the course.

      In the meantime, why not order a prospectus or book an open day at one of our eight centres?

      If you have any other questions feel free to call us on 0800 289 997

    • The teaching staff have been a highlight, everyone is so friendly and welcoming

      Ella Caine, GDL Student, Leeds