Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)






Course code: G-L-D

Credits Value: 120 CATS / 60 ECTS


1 year
Via submission of assignments – No exams
Delivery mode:
Online and On Campus
Easy payment plans available with no charges.


Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

The programme aims to develop pro-active decision makers, managers and leaders for a variety of careers in business sectors in a Newcastle context.

If you graduated in an unrelated subject but want to get into Law, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the qualification for you. Also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE), it’s a Law conversion course that effectively fits around 18 months of undergraduate Law study into one intensive year.

We’ve put together a guide to all the essential information you need to know before applying for a GDL. Read on to find out what they involve, why you should choose one and how you could get funding for your GDL


What is a Graduate Diploma in Law?


A Graduate Diploma in Law is the first step to beginning a legal career for those who didn’t study Law at undergraduate level. After completing a GDL, you’ll be able to convert your Bachelors degree into a full LLB (Hons) degree, and will be eligible to apply for the Legal Practice Course (LPC), another vital step on the way to becoming a lawyer.

GDLs equip you with all the knowledge delivered by an undergraduate Law degree, putting you on an equal footing with Law graduates. In fact, some legal firms favour those who have completed a GDL over Law graduates, recognising that these students have gained a broader skillset from their original degree.


Key facts about Diploma in Law


100% Online: Learn with the UK’s leading online course provider.
Global programme: Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet.
Study material: Comprehensive study materials and e-library support.
Payment plans: Interest free payment plans available.


Why choose Newcastle ?


Advance your career: 74% say their qualification played a vital role in their career advancement.
Increase your salary: 78% increase their earning potential within a year.
Enhance your credibility: The qualification is fully accredited and recognised and add values to your educational profile.



If you graduated in an unrelated subject but want to get into Law, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the qualification for you. Also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE), it’s a Law conversion course that effectively fits around 18 months of undergraduate Law study into one intensive year.


1 year

Entry Requirements

Again, the exact entry requirements for a GDL differ from institution to institution. But most providers will ask for a degree of at least 2:2 in any subject. Relevant work experience isn’t necessarily vital, but universities (especially the more competitive ones) may take this into account when assessing your application.

Course Content

  Compulsory subjects:

  • Contract law 
  •  Criminal Law 
  • Equity and trusts 
  • European Union law 
  • Land law 
  • Public law 
  • Tort law

The assessment is done via submission of assignment. There are no written exams.

Course fee

Tuition fees vary from institution to institution, but you can expect to pay somewhere between £5,000 and £11,000 for a year of full-time study. Courses based in London may be more expensive than those outside the capital.

Payment plans

Tuition fees vary from institution to institution, but you can expect to pay somewhere between £5,000 and £11,000 for a year of full-time study. Courses based in London may be more expensive than those outside the capital.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. 

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience.


  • barrister 
  • barrister’s clerk
  • chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
  • company secretary
  • detective
  • licensed conveyancer
  • paralegal
  • solicitor
  • advice worker
  • chartered accountant
  • civil service administrator
  • data analyst/scientist
  • forensic computer analyst
  • patent attorney
  • trading standards office
Skills for career development

This qualification will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales and a range of legal and other skills, including being able to identify legal issues and apply legal principles and developing your time management and self-motivation abilities.


Career relevance

This qualification could count towards part completion of the academic stage of legal training as recognised by the Higher Learning Commission. It is necessary to complete further undergraduate legal studies successfully and meet all other requirements of the HLC in order satisfactorily to complete the academic stage of training.

If you want to become a solicitor or barrister, you’ll need to complete the full Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) qualification within six years.


Other careers

A law degree is a gateway to a career as a solicitor or barrister, but it’s not the only path you can choose. Many options are available to you beyond the legal profession, including Company secretary, Detective, Advice worker, or Human resources officer.


Newcastle Law School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is registerd with UK government.

How to apply ?

Simply follow the steps given below to enrol:
1. Fill enrolment form on-line at
(This can be paid online using credit or debit card)