Comments about Grad Dip Law - At the institution - Plymouth - Devon
The course is designed principally for non law graduates who have decided they wish to pursue a career in the legal profession. It is also suitable for law graduates without a qualifying law degree or with a ‘stale’ law degree (ie one that is too old to be recognised as current). At the end of the GDL you should have completed the academic stage of training required by the legal profession and will be in a position to undertake the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Vocational Course.
Entry requirements Normally at least a second class honours degree (normally in a subject other than law) from a UK university or a Certificate of Academic Standing. If you have studied law before you may be entitled to exemptions from all or part of the GDL.
Grad Dip Law
Further study, research and employment opportunities
Most students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law will have the specific aim of entering the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister. The Law School has good established connections in the solicitors profession and the Bar in Devon and Cornwall and you will get the chance to:
-Meet practising lawyers during the early stages of the course
-Be involved in Student Law Society Careers Events (for example the annual cheese and wine dinner)
-Find opportunities for work placements or mini pupillages or marshalling with a judge
General programme structure
The course is an intensive 36 week programme designed to quickly equip you with the foundation of knowledge and skills of academic law needed to be a competent lawyer. The course content is broadly prescribed by the legal profession and includes the essential academic legal knowledge and skills to become a practising lawyer. There is therefore little choice over what is studied – however students do undertake a research project in term 2 and 3 which is in an area of their own choice but must not relate to the foundation subjects but must have some link to EU or human rights law. For example students might chose a topic concerning environmental law, medical law, family law etc. Assessment is by a mix of assessed coursework (essays and problem based case study analysis) and examination in all of the foundation subjects.
Detailed programme structure
-English Legal System Foundation Course Law of Tort
-Public and EU Law
-Equity and Trusts
-Law Research Project