Graduate Diploma in Law
This course offers a speedy route for non-law graduates to gain a law qualification and to
complete the academic stage of legal training. The qualification is validated by Staffordshire University.
On completion of the course students are awarded the Graduate Diploma in Law and the LLB (CPE). Students will cover the seven core legal subjects which are: Contract Law, Criminal Law, Public Law, Land Law, Equity and Trust Law, EU Law and Tort Law plus one other subject. Our small teaching groups give you the opportunity for individual help and support. The course is held in the evenings and this allows flexibility around other employment.
The staff in the law school come from a range of different backgrounds. Some have spent many years in the academic environment and have considerable experience in the delivery of various areas of law. Other staff have come from practice backgrounds and have worked as commercial and private law solicitors and paralegals. This ensures that students have the benefit of both practice and academic experience.
Lectures are delivered in the evening on one/two days per week during terms time only.
An undergraduate degree in any subject. Candidates who possess professional qualifications are encouraged to apply.
The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.
The English Legal System:
This module provides an introduction to the legal and court systems of England. Students consider the validity of the use of juries and the ways in which judges interpret the law. Skills relating to presentations, writing and debating are introduced.
This module covers the requirements for a valid contract to be formed and the ways in which contracts can end. Students learn about the remedies which can be provided by the courts and the application of the law to various situations.
An introduction to the law relating to civil wrongs including the tort of negligence and the ways in which a claim can be brought to the courts. Students consider the use of various remedies including damages/compensation.
Students learn about the ways in which citizens are held to be criminally liable and the requirements for the state to bring a charge against a person. Different crimes and their elements.
An introduction into the concepts of the Rule of Law, Supremacy of Parliament and Human Rights Law and the interaction between the citizen and the state. Students study the ways in which the power of the state is regulated by statute and how this relates to the rights of citizens. The ways in which Judicial Review can be brought are discussed and students learn how this provides an effective means of redress against the government.
Students study the ways in which EU Law impacts upon this country and how it is effectively implemented to ensure compliance with our obligations.
Students will have a broad introduction into the ownership of land and the process for transferral of rights and interests.
Equity and Trust Law:
The law relating to principles of fairness in equity and the development and use of trusts as a vehicle to protect property.
Students cover one 15 credit final module which remains subject to change. Includes legal research and skills elements.
All GDL modules are covered at level 6.
How will I be assessed?
This is by a three-hour examination in all subjects, excepting the Research Project, where
assesment is by a 5,000 word essay. Legal Research and Skills by a 3,000 word assignment.
What can I do next
This course will enable you to progress to the Solicitors’ qualifying route, the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Barristers’ qualification, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or to become a Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx).
Alternatively, the course can provide a valuable law qualification in its own right, and is well recognised for those who wish to go into business or careers where knowledge of the law is needed such as education or the Civil Service.