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i-GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law)

Next intake:
  • January 2017
  • 21 months
  • £10,590
  • For more information about our instalment plans or funding options, please fill in the enquiry form on the right.

If you have completed a non-law undergraduate degree and are now looking to start your legal career, The University of Law’s i-GDL supported online course with minimal campus attendance is the ideal choice. This Graduate Diploma in Law has been created to give you direct access to outstanding legal training – guaranteeing that you’ll develop the advanced competencies needed in contemporary practice.

You’ll have continuous access to a unique selection of innovative learning materials, such as i-Tutorials and webinars, as well as receiving regular online feedback from experienced tutors.

What’s more, the University of Law is the preferred legal training provider to over 30 major law firms, including Ashurst, Linklaters, and Pinsent Masons, to name just a few. With the i-GDL course, you can be confident that you will acquire highly sought-after transferable skills that will make you a powerful candidate in the eyes of international employers and recruiters.

Thanks to a wealth of online learning tools, attending a University of Law centre on a regular weekly basis is not necessary. However, you will need to submit work to your supervisors every 10 days, and attendance on campus is required for assessments.

  • Study when and where it suits you to fit in with your existing work or family commitments
  • Experience independent study which reflects life as a trainee solicitor with a focus on research, preparation, and 1:1 supervision
  • Gain access to the same world-class learning materials used on other LLM LPC courses, including unique i-Tutorials and webinars
  • Develop the key skills you’ll use in practice such as legal research, writing, and drafting
  • Build valuable academic and professional networks with fellow students
  • Course structure allows you to build portfolios of work to support your job applications and help you to stand out from the crowd
  • The flexible study option allows you to spread the cost of your training, making it easier to fund your studies

The i-GDL programme can be completed in 21 months through online study and periodic campus attendance at the University of Law’s London Bloomsbury centre.

Before you begin the i-GDL course, you will be required to complete the pre-course study programme on the legal method, which will take about 50 hours. This prerequisite, which will prepare you for the i-GDL course, has been designed for you to pursue at your own pace.

The i-GDL course contains nine modules, comprising an introductory module to the course, seven modules which cover specific areas of law, and finally a self-study module where you can choose your own specialisation.

Here’s an overview of i-GDL course modules and assessments:

Ethics and Professional Legal Practice module

This introductory module explores the general make-up of legal practice. You’ll examine the different types of law and the role of legal ethics, as well as discovering the professional competencies and skillsets which lawyers in practice require.

Contract law

This module covers the development of contracts, as well as the legal ramifications of contract breach. You will study various problems that are faced by the customer and the business entity when creating new contracts.

Criminal law

You will study what constitutes the definition of crime with regards to acts that are perceived to be criminal, and the possible forms of punishment that relate to such violations. Ethical issues will also be addressed in this module.

Equity and trusts

Study how trusts are created and enforced. You will study the relationship between the settlor and the trustee, and also learn what happens when a breach of trust occurs.

European Union law

Learn how the English legal system has become affected by the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Land law

In this module you will study the components of land law which include the rights of use, transferability, exclusion, ownership, and land use agreements.

Public law

This module analyses the law that sets out the rights of citizens in relation to the government bodies that preside over them.


Learn about the various kinds of torts or ‘civil wrongs’ that warrant a lawsuit. You will study claims made by parties seeking relief as well as the types of damages incurred.

Research Project module

In the final module of the course you will research and write an essay on your choice of a specialised area of law.

Course assessment

  • Your final mark will be determined by the following:
  • Multiple choice open book exam on the Legal Method
  • Seven closed-book exams covering each foundation subject
  • Two academic essays, the first of which will cover ethics in legal practice, the second being your research assignment on the legal topic of your choice.

Please note that periodic campus attendance is required.

i-GDL/Part-time GDL Programme Demands (PDF)
i-GDL Programme Specification (PDF)

UK entry requirements

  • A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2), or an equivalent qualification. 

International entry requirements

  • English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • Future solicitors and barristers: you may be required to submit additional documentation. For more information, please fill out the enquiry form on the right.
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