Course Structure

The GDL is a full-time, 36-week, intensive course designed to facilitate the acquisition of sound legal knowledge in those areas of law which are known as the Foundation subjects, plus one additional area of law.

The course is structured as follows:

  • The course is preceded by a two-week period of directed reading on the English Legal System and the principles of legal scholarship (no attendance required, home study)
  • Teaching commences with an induction period which includes a short block of lectures and seminars concentrating on the English Legal System, the acquisition of legal skills and European Union Law
  • The foundation subjects of Contract, Tort, Public Law, Equity & Trusts, Land Law and Criminal Law are taught by means of a series of lectures and compulsory seminars spanning two teaching blocks;
  • A further legal subject is studied by means of a supervised research project;
  • Class contact averages 16 hours per week and students should expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week, attending classes or undertaking private study.

Teaching and Learning

Students studying Law

The study of law demands a methodical, inquisitive and enthusiastic approach.

You will be supported by committed, experienced and friendly staff, who will challenge and inspire you, using a broad and balanced range of teaching methods including face to face teaching. The basic structure of the course involves twice weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars per module in six of the foundation subjects, all of which are intended to enable students to see the broad framework of each subject and encourage general discussion under the direction of experienced tutors.



The Swansea GDL employs a wide range of assessment methods, including multiple choice tests, coursework, mini-dissertation and traditional 3-hour, unseen examinations. The pass mark for all assessed work is 40%.