To enrol on the GDL an applicant must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised awarding body. (Please note that those wishing to progress to the Bar should normally have achieved at least a 2 (ii) honours classification in their undergraduate degree. Visit http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/ for further information).
Applications are also encouraged from mature students (25 or over), who may not be able to comply with the above requirements, but who can demonstrate appropriate experience or achievement. In such circumstances, applicants wishing to qualify as a solicitor should apply to the SRA and request an “equivalent means” form. Further information about this process is available from the ‘New Students’ section on the SRA website athttp://www.sra.org.uk/students/resources/equivalent-means-information-pack.page. Those wishing to qualify as barristers should, alternatively, contact the Bar Standards Board at http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/
Applications should be made to the CAB on-line (http://www.lawcabs.ac.uk/) as CAB do not accept paper applications.
Applicants who have a law degree which fails to satisfy the academic requirements of the professional bodies (known as a non-qualifying law degree) may apply for partial exemption from the academic stage of training. For further information, contact GDL@swansea.ac.uk