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Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE

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This highly valued qualification is primarily intended for non-law graduates planning to enter the legal profession. Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the course will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities and further study.

After completing the course, you can continue your studies on BU’s Legal Practice Course (LPC), the vocational stage of training for solicitors. Alternatively, if you’re interested in qualifying as a barrister, you can seek advice on the Bar Vocational Course from barristers in the law team. 

  • Acquire knowledge of the foundation law subjects and of the English Legal Systems and processes required by The Law Society and The General Council of the Bar
  • Develop the ability to analyse legal problems and provide a range of solutions to them 
  • Gain a critical understanding of contemporary legal issues and develop the ability to synthesise and challenge legal doctrines and concepts
  • Research and write a paper on a further area of law that interests you, and that you may wish to pursue in the future.
  • Benefit from a focused learning environment and individual support from our experienced academic staff, whose education is informed by their professional qualifications and experience as well as their research and publication interests. 
  • Graduate able to proceed to the vocational stage of legal education 

Key information

Next start date:

Thursday 3 September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time

Accreditations:

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each component of speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

This course covers the foundations of legal knowledge required by The Law Society and The General Council of the Bar. It has eight taught units.

You'll have the opportunity to research and write a paper on a further area of law that interests you, and that you may wish to pursue in the future.

Download the programme specification (pdf 369kb)

Your application

For the Graduate Diploma in Law we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are non-law graduates planning on entering the legal profession
  • Show commitment to their studies
  • Have previous experience of working to strict deadlines
  • Have excellent research skills.

Entry requirements

Careers

Although your degree will typically prepare you for a career in the legal profession, it is a highly valued qualification in its own right. This means it could open up a broad variety of career opportunities across a range of sectors.

Employers of BU Graduate Diploma in Law graduates include 3PB Barristers, Harold G Walker Solicitors, the Court of Justice and Spoor & Fisher, and we have alumni working across areas such as PR and finance, as well as law.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section.

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

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