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Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) - (conversion)

Join the largest community of postgraduate law conversion students*.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) is a law conversion course that teaches you to think like a lawyer and prepare for the realities of life in legal practice. This course replaces our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and provides the foundation for the pathway into practice for non-law graduates who want to progress onto the SQE1 Preparation Course, and our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) to qualify as a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to qualify as a barrister.

Our PGDL conversion course offers you a great chance to make the transition into legal study with excellent levels of support and guidance from our experienced, professional tutors. Not only will you learn the academic law necessary for converting to law, but you will also focus on key skills and competences crucial for your development as a lawyer.

*Central Applications Board (LawCAB) 2021

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent).

 

 

Full requirements

Next start date

September 2022

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If you're looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?

 

With one of the largest legal careers services in the UK, ULaw gives you the support and opportunities you need to make the best start in your legal career.

More law students have chosen The University of Law than any other UK university in 2021*.

*HESA 2020/21.

Prepare for your career as a solicitor or barrister: develop practical legal skills built around real-life case studies through small group workshops and problem-based learning.

Course Details

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (conversion)

If you’re looking to make the change into legal study and already have an undergraduate degree in another discipline then our PGDL is your pathway into legal practice.

In an increasingly competitive legal job market, many employers value the combination of a non-law undergraduate area of expertise combined with the solid grounding in core legal principles and legal skills. Through studying another degree subject, and building your career in another discipline, you will have gained many transferable skills. By choosing law at a later stage, you are showing motivation and determination to pursue a new career.

Why choose this PGDL conversion course?

  • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through practical workshops and problem-based learning.
  • Be ready to progress your legal training – go on to study the SQE1 Preparation Course and develop the skills required to answer SQE1 style legal knowledge questions or progress onto our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) or Bar Practice Course (BPC).
  • Stand-alone Skills & Behaviours module – designed to focus on key skills and behaviours necessary for practice as a solicitor or barrister.
  • Explore an area of law that interests you in our Law of Organisations module.
  • With one of the largest legal careers services in the UK, ULaw gives you the support and opportunities you need to make the best start in your legal career.
  • Taught by qualified lawyers, with lectures and practical workshops to develop your legal skills, so you’ll know what to expect in a real-life work environment.
  • Enjoy flexible study – choose to study full-time or part-time at one of our locations nationwide, or online.
  • We also work with over 90 of the top 100 law firms. 

If you choose to progress onto our BPC, you will also benefit from our excellent pupillage rate:

  • 52% of our full-time UK/EEA 2018-19 BPC students graduating in 2019 have successfully secured or completed pupillage (based on student data collated summer 2021). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Programme Demands

This document explains the demands of the course in order to assess your ability for the course.

PGDL, MA Law (Conversion) and MA Law (SQE1) Programme Demands ➔

Course Structure

The Law & Constitution module requires 40-50 hours of pre-course study in Legal Method, through guided module units with all materials provided online.

You will learn the essentials of the key foundation areas of law that align to the Solicitors Regulation Authority specification of Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) for the SQE. In each area, you will develop a practical and functional understanding of the foundations of English & Welsh Law, and core analytical and practical legal skills.

  • English Legal System and Constitutional Law (including Retained EU Law) (15 credits)
  • Tort Law (15 credits)
  • Contract Law (15 credits)
  • Criminal Law (15 credits)
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights (15 credits)
  • Land Law (15 credits)
  • Trusts (15 credits)
  • Law of Organisations (15 credits)
  • Skills and Behaviours (non-credit-bearing)

This course develops the key intellectual and personal skills required by lawyers, alongside skills required to pass professional examinations for qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

In all modules there is a focus on combining knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Study is centred on practical activities that enable students to learn by doing. Workshops involve students completing further practice based tasks, including an application of Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) to Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs).

Alongside academic modules, students will engage in a Skills and Behaviours module, which allows you to recognise and develop key professional and personal attributes necessary to thrive as a lawyer in a work environment, and to manage your career.

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Course Start Dates

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading and Sheffield
    • Part-time Evening: London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Guildford, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading and Sheffield
    • Part-time Evening: London Bloomsbury
    • Part-time Weekend: London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Newcastle

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Law Conversion Courses

Start your legal journey

We offer a number of law conversion courses, which offer you a pathway to progress onto become a solicitor or barrister.

View our law conversion guide to make the best choice for you and your career.

Law Conversion Guide ➔

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Study Online

You can also study this course online.

The online version of this course covers the same content as the on campus version, while still offering you the same high level of professional tutor support.

If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) Online ➔

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Course Information

 

With so many options for how and where you can study the PGDL, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.

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All modules will incorporate 40% examination by Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs) to support any future progress onto SQE1 assessment.

The other 60% will vary according to the module. These will include:

  • online open book examination
  • coursework
  • oral presentation.
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  • Each taught module comprises of workshops and incorporates streamed lectures or media.
  • Class contact time is combined with online tutorials, online Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs) and self-study from study manuals and online research.
  • The learning model is based around undertaking activities in the workshops (or equivalent online activities) to develop both knowledge and key skills.
  • The Skills and Behaviours module will comprise of workshops spread over all semesters.
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Fees and Applying

 

Applications for this course are now open.

If you’d like to study full-time you can apply through CAB. For part-time study you can apply directly with us.

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2022/23 Course Fee

  • London: £12,550
  • Outside London: £10,100

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available, which makes studying with us more affordable than ever.

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We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.

The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.

Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.

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