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Postgraduate Open Days, including visits to the College of Law are planned for: 

Wednesday 11 November 2015

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Swansea University Graduate Entry Students Celebrate Unprecedented Success

Graduate entry students studying for their Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) qualifications at Swansea University have achieved unprecedented success with a high percentage of students realising either a Distinction or Commendation in their recent 2013 examinations.

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The GDL programme, which allows non-law graduates to complete the academic stage of training needed to become a solicitor or barrister in one academic year, attracts both recent graduates and those seeking a change of career and those celebrating this year’s exceptional results include medics, linguists and graduates in history.

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Programme Director, Karen Davies said “we are both thrilled and very proud of the 100% pass rate achieved by our students, as the course is intensive and challenging. While many of them will now be moving on to complete the Legal Practice Course

for intending solicitors, others will use their new-found legal knowledge and skills in a variety of different professions such as business management, public services and many, many more and we wish them well in all their future endeavours.”

Professor John Linarelli, Head of the School of Law, added "Our GDL students are to be congratulated for their outstanding academic performance. They are a great asset to our academic community at Swansea Law and have been vital contributors to the life of the School in the many years in which we have been running our GDL programme.We are very proud of their successes.”

National Interviewing Competition

The School of Law is delighted to announce that two Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students represented Swansea University at the 2011 National Interviewing Competition. Emma Morgans and Rachel Parker travelled to Sussex University to take part in the prestigious competition, which is sponsored by the Law Society and provides an opportunity for students to develop and test some crucial legal skills - and network too! The competition in interviewing and counselling skills, which is held annually, is assessed by means of live interviews with role-playing clients and allows students to develop the inter-personal skills and legal knowledge necessary to be a successful lawyer.

Swansea Legal News 2012, Autumn Newsletter

For a copy of our School of Law Newsletter, please click here: Swansea Legal News 2012

Law plaudits for consultant psychiatrist Clementine

Clementine Maddock had much to celebrate today (Thursday, January 24 2013), as she received a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from Swansea University.

The consultant psychiatrist, from Llanrhidian, Gower, is also the winner of two of the most prestigious prizes for the course – the Swansea Law School Prize for the Highest Marks in GDL and the Bar Council Law Reform Essay Prize for the best GDL entry.  

Clementine Maddock

Her proud parents Anthony and Susan Maddock, also from Llanrhidian, were in attendance as Clementine received her GDL award at the University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations, held at the City and County of Swansea’s Grand Theatre.

Clementine was already an established medical psychiatrist working in London, but she harboured an interest in Law and had already undertaken some research into mental capacity.

She took the plunge and returned to higher education in October 2011, to begin her year-long postgraduate studies at Swansea University’s College of Business, Economics and Law.

Speaking about her time as a postgraduate student at Swansea, Clementine said: “I loved it! I valued the excellent teaching and support available during my studies at the School of Law at Swansea University

“I was delighted to win the Law School Prize and the Bar Council Law Reform Essay Prize for my work – it was a great honour.  I would also like to thank Karen Davies, Course Director of the GDL course, and the staff and students at the School of Law for making my time as a student such an enjoyable and fascinating experience.”

Since completing her GDL studies in late 2012, Clementine has returned to medicine, taking up a role with the Drug and Alcohol Team in Swansea as a consultant psychiatrist.

But she continues to retain a strong interest in Law.

“I’m looking forward to continued research on legal issues and maintaining my interest in Law and medico-legal work,” she added.

Karen Davies, Course Director of the GDL course, said: “The School of Law is very proud of Clementine and heartily congratulate her on her spectacular achievements. She has demonstrated how completion of the Swansea Graduate Diploma in Law can open up a whole new career or provide a welcome boost in terms of employability. We wish her all the very best for the future.” 

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