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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 equip you for:
- The Bar Training Course (BTC) or
- The Legal Practice Course (LPC)
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.
The closing date for full time and part time applications for the Graduate Diploma in Law is 31st August 2021.
Applications for the part-time course are received directly to Oxford Brookes University:
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.
Research strengths and interests among staff include:
- public law
- international law and human rights
- religion and the law
- criminal justice
- IT and the law.
- Research areas and clusters
Research degrees can be undertaken in the following areas:
- access to justice
- company law
- comparative constitutions
- criminal justice
- family law
- human rights
- information law
- international economic law
- international law and policy
- international trade and commercial law
- international and European environmental law
- intellectual property law
- law and religion
- workplace rights and employment law
- WTO law.
After you graduate
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to progress into a career as a solicitor or barrister. You’ll be equipped to hit the ground running on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Course.
You’ll graduate with a reputable qualification that is highly regarded by the legal profession. You’ll have a thorough knowledge base and proven practical skills. This will give you a competitive edge on the jobs market, or in your 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.