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Law - GDL
Are you looking to launch your legal career? Or access a surefire path to becoming a solicitor or barrister? A path that is highly regarded by employers?
When you study a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Oxford Brookes, you’ll join a close-knit team of students - with an international reputation for excellence.
You’ll gain firsthand legal experience early in your training. You’ll be coached by expert tutors, as well as leading barristers and judges. You’ll be connected with leading QCs, gaining valuable courtroom experience. And you’ll be able to join our internationally recognised mooting and client interviewing teams.
You’ll build careers skills that will set you apart. And you’ll build a strong knowledge base for:
- The Bar Training Course (BTC)
- The Legal Practice Course (LPC) - (2021 entry only)
- The Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam (SQE)
You’ll be taught by experts whose research is internationally recognised. And you’ll graduate with a reputable legal qualification that is highly regarded by employers - setting you apart from other candidates.
How to apply
Applications for full-time study are made through the Central Applications Board.
Please ensure that you select Oxford Brookes School of Law from the options available.
Applications for the part-time course are received directly to Oxford Brookes University.
Key dates for 2021 entry
If you are intending to start your GDL course in 2021 and progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPG), you will need to accept your GDL offer before 1st September 2021, and take up your place on your course before 31st December 2021.
If you deferred your place on a GDL course from the academic year 2020/21, or if you have been offered a period of recognised training by 1st September 2021, you will have until 31st August 2022 to start the GDL.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Students on this course are not eligible for the Postgraduate Master's Loan.
Financial support and scholarships
There's a scholarship competition for those who are holding an offer for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). You can win an award of £2,000 towards your course fees for September 2021, find out more about the scholarship competition.
Learning and assessment
You’ll kick off your learning experience with a two-week induction course. This includes a study of the English legal system, legal theory, legal writing and problem-solving. You must pass the induction course before progressing onto the GDL.
Once on the course, you’ll start building essential legal knowledge and skills immediately. You’ll explore all the core legal subjects, including:
- criminal law
- contract law
- human rights law
- and constitutional law
You’ll also be able to carry out a research project in a legal area that interests you - like sports law, intellectual property or workplace rights. You’ll be supported all the way through by a tutor who is an expert in your chosen field. And you’ll start to develop a specialism early, setting you apart from other candidates.
You’ll be joining a research-active department. And your tutors are directly involved in shaping the latest legal research and policy. Our research specialisms include:
- public law
- international law and human rights
- religion and the law
- criminal justice
- IT and the law
Many opportunities exist for research degrees. And some GDL students progress into research roles after graduation
After you graduate
‘This degree awarded to you is supremely valuable. The award is from a university which... commands very considerable respect. A Law degree from Brookes leads us London lawyers to say: well, she or he must be bright as well as knowledgeable’. Lord Wilson of Culworth, Justice of the Supreme Court (2019)
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to progress into a career as a solicitor or barrister. You’ll be equipped with knowledge for the:
- the Legal Practice Course (LPC, 2021 entry only), or
- the Solicitors’ Qualifying Exam (SQE)
You’ll also be ready to progress onto the Bar Course, if you want to become a barrister.
You’ll graduate with a reputable qualification that is highly regarded by employers in the legal profession. You’ll have a thorough knowledge base and proven practical skills.This will set you up for success in your further training. And it can give you a competitive edge on the jobs market or in a pupillage.
You’ll also be supported to apply for funding for the Bar - and every year some of our students are awarded the prestigious Inns of Court scholarships. And many Oxford Brookes students secure pupillages in leading firms like Quadrant Chambers, 4 Pump Court and XXIV Old Buildings.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.