PGDL

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (conversion) Online

Learn to think like a lawyer with our new Postgraduate Diploma in Law conversion course. This course is the pathway into practice for non-law graduates who want to progress onto the SQE1 Preparation Course, our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) to qualify as a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to qualify as a barrister. Our PGDL 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.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

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

 

 

Full requirements

Duration options

9 months (full-time online)

19-21 months (part-time weekend and evening online)

Next start date

October 2021

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Is this course right for me?

 

You can still qualify as a solicitor or barrister with the GDL in September 2021. Contact us at study@law.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 800 289 997

 

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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.

Study when and where you want and access world-class learning materials, including our unique methods of online engagement and unrivalled online tutor support.

Learn to think like a lawyer: 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) Online

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

With the online PGDL you will receive regular online support and feedback on work from one of our expert legal tutors. You’ll have access to world-class learning materials, including our unique methods of online engagement, and unrivalled online tutor supervision and support.

We have made sure that you will have access to comprehensive online learning resources and plenty of professional tutor guidance, providing you with relevant knowledge and practical skills so you’ll know what to expect in real-life situations.

Why choose this 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 online full-time or part-time.

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

  • 59% of our full-time UK/EEA BPC students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage (based on student data collated September 2020). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Our years of experience in training more practising lawyers in the UK than any other law school has helped our students go on to succeed in law, business, politics and more. We believe in training students for the real world from the moment they accept a place with us.

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.

The modules you’ll study during the course are:

  • Law & Constitution (including EU Law) (15 credits)
  • Tort Law (15 credits)
  • Contract Law (15 credits)
  • Criminal Law (15 credits)
  • Public & Administrative Law (including Human Rights) (15 credits)
  • Land Law (15 credits)
  • Trusts (15 credits)
  • Law of Organisations (15 credits)
  • Skills & 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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You can also study this course at one of our campuses. If you’re looking for a more traditional university experience, why not consider studying on campus?

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Course Information

 

With many options for when you can study the PGDL Online, you can be sure to find a start date 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.

You can apply for the PGDL Online directly with the University.

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  • October 2021: £9,850
  • May 2022: £9,850

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.

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