Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE Graduate Diploma

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,, for more information.

Graduate Diploma Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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

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