Graduate Diploma in Law

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A course for non law graduates wishing to enter the legal profession

Who is the Course for?

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), is also sometimes referred to as the CPE, is a programme for non-law graduates, or those with appropriate non-law professional qualifications or experience, wishing to either enter the legal profession or work in law-relevant employment. No prior knowledge of law is necessary.

General Information on the course

The Swansea Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a full-time, 36-week intensive course, next commencing on 5th September 2016. It is designed to provide the legal knowledge necessary to satisfy the academic requirements of the Bar, Solicitors Regulation, Authority and CILEX.

Swansea GDL

The Swansea GDL:

  • is the longest-running programme of its kind in Wales
  • is offered by the College of Law & Criminology at Swansea University, which was voted top law school in Wales by law students in the 2012 National Student Survey
  • is staffed by experienced, enthusiastic and committed staff who provide a supportive environment, encouraging you to achieve your full potential
  • offers an average of 16 hours of face-to-face tuition per week, plus access to a personal tutor and a variety of extra-curricular, skills and employability enhancing opportunities
  • has an extremely competitive fee structure and the opportunity to pay by instalment
  • has a fantastic location: a modern campus environment with a £20 million Sports Village, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool and athletics facilities, together with easy access to a lively city centre and the world-renowned Gower coast, as well as a Premiership football team



Career Prospects

Non-law graduates are being welcomed into the legal profession at an increasing rate, as they are perceived as bringing a fresh perspective to the practice of law, and now make up approximately 50% of all new lawyers. Successful completion of the Swansea GDL, which is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), satisfies all of the academic requirements for admission to the vocational stage of training as a solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive.   

UK qualified lawyers have the opportunity to not only work in local and nationally based firms and chambers, public bodies and businesses but also in legal environments around the world.   

In addition, the Swansea GDL is also relevant to those wishing to enhance their job prospects in areas such as business management, the probation service, forensic psychology, trading standards, politics, human resource management, education and many, many more.  In fact, a Times newspaper article recently declared that there are 101 uses for such a qualification!