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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 world-class learning materials, including our unique i-Tutorials and webinars, as students on our full and part-time attendance courses.

    Our structured course is taught by qualified lawyers with online lectures and with practical workshops completed online to develop your legal skills. Our reputation for teaching excellence is highlighted by our Gold ranking from the UK Government led Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) for consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. 

  • 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:

    • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through online workshops and problem-based learning 

    • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project.
      • 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
        • Access award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract and pupillage applications with over 3,000 pro bono opportunities as soon as you accept your place

        If you are interested in studying our GDL at one of our locations, visit our GDL page.

        • To be eligible to take up your place on our GDL, you must comply with the following requirements: 

          • 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. Please note that students providing a degree from a UK university as proof of English must have studied the whole degree in the UK.  

          • 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 Exemption from the Bar Standards Board or Equivalent Means from the 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) Overall band score of 6.5 with no one component below 6.0. 
              ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components
              Pearsons (academic) Score of 58 with no one component below 51 

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

              Overall 176 with no one component below 169 

              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. 

              Full-time and 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

              Part-time (Evening/Day/Weekend) selection criteria

              • Open access, subject to the above entry requirements

              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.

            • As soon as you accept your place, you’ll receive access to ELITE (Electronic Legal Interactive Training Environment), our online learning resources system. Through ELITE you can access the Employability and Careers and Library services and access all your online learning and support materials.

              Pre-course study

              Before you start your GDL you will need to complete 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.

              GDL modules
              The course is divided into nine modules, made up of seven foundation subjects, the Ethics & Legal Professional Practice module (including online study of legal method) and a Research Project. 

              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:

              • Public law
              • Tort
              • Contract law
              • European Union law 
              • Criminal law
              • Land law
              • Equity and trusts
              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.

            • All students are required to complete our compulsory online pre-course study programme in legal method. It should take you approximately 50 hours to complete.

              Private study across all modes consists of online test and feedback exercises and independent reading and research via online interactive tutorials (i-Tutorials), online study manuals and e-learning.

              You will be assessed in a variety of methods including a combination of open and closed book examinations, deadline driven research assessments, essays and written assignments.

              Refer to our matrix showing the GDL structure and assessment 

              • Courses start in September and January each year
              • Induction takes place over two days (Saturday and Sunday). Attendance is compulsory on both days. In addition, you must attend 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.  


                Regular informal assessments and written 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.  

              • Course dates & locations
                Campus London Bloomsbury
                London Bloomsbury

                 22 - 23 September 2018

                5 - 6 January 2019

                Course dates - January 2018

                Start dates are subject to change.

                Detailed course dates will be published soon. Occasional attendance is required.

                There is a compulsory induction which you must attend 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 campus

              • i-GDL fees for September 2018 & January 2019

                Campus Total Fees Payable 
                London Bloomsbury£11,270 

                Further information about course fees and instalment options.

              • Applications are open for a September 2018 and January 2019 start. 

                Apply now

              • GDL structure and assessment matrix

                i-GDL/part-time GDL Programme Demands

                i-GDL Programme Specification
                i-GDL Factsheet

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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