Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE

This highly valued qualification is primarily intended for non-law graduates planning to enter the legal profession. You'll gain practical skills in analysing and applying the law to find solutions, and how to effectively communicate these resolutions.

Why study Graduate Diploma in Law at BU?

  • Acquire knowledge of the foundation law subjects of the English Legal Systems and processes required by The Law Society and The General Council of the Bar 
  • Develop the skills 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 professional qualifications, experience and research 
  • Graduates will be able to proceed to the vocational stage of legal education.

Further study

For September 2022 entry: The GDL is intended for those wanting to qualify as a barrister via the BTC route. From 31 August 2021, this route does not apply to those wanting to qualify as a solicitor via the LPC. We are currently developing a new Postgraduate provision for those wanting to qualify as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination from September 2022. Please contact Jamie Fletcher, [email protected], for more information.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2023, September 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time

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.

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


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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