The GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) is a conversion course which enables graduates of other disciplines to train for a career in the law. It is much sought after by employers, who value the breadth of experience and insights which its students bring to their firms. The qualification is now so popular that GDL graduates make up a large proportion of new lawyers.
Cardiff’s GDL is offered by the Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Studies and combines the best of the academic standards of a top Law School with the practical hands-on experience of the solicitors and barristers of the Centre, enabling students to apply legal methodologies to real-world problems.
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) has seven core modules. In Cardiff, you will be studying the foundation topics of Land Law, Contract, Tort, Equity and Trusts, Public Law, Crime and European Union Law. You will also be working independently on an extended essay set in a different area of law. The modules are all assessed by examination, except for the Extended Essay, and the Contract module, which is assessed by examination and coursework
Whilst you may get the odd reading week, the course content is delivered at a high-pace, with each week’s material building on previous weeks. Cardiff’s GDL currently runs on a full-time (2 days contact time a week) basis, but from September 2013 will also be offered on a part-time basis. The little known secret is that the material taught is rarely complicated or difficult; it’s more a case of quantity.
Anyone who can secure a 2.1 at university shouldn’t struggle with grasping any legal concepts. You do need to make sure that you’re prepared to work hard and manage your time properly. This includes being sensible about the social aspect: don’t expect university-esque club nights twice a week.
Whatever you end up doing, the most important thing is to remain focused yet avoid getting stressed. The GDL is a challenging and demanding course, and lays the foundations for an exciting career in legal practice.
By the end of university, you really love every second of what you study. With the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), because it’s so broad, it’s a dead cert that you’ll find a few modules or topics which aren’t as stimulating as you’d like. But the most important thing is to keep an open mind and work through everything you’re set.
As jam-packed as the conversion course is, it still only scratches the surface of law. You’ve got the LPC or BPTC to look forward to next.
Those who successfully complete the 10 month course can obtain a place on Cardiff Law School’s highly regarded Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), paving the way to qualification as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.
Cardiff University has been rated in the top 20 law schools in various rankings, with graduate prospects of 70-80%. So why go anywhere else?
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Lowri, Second Year Law Student