The Bournemouth University Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination (GDL/CPE) is a one year (or two year part-time) course, intended primarily for non-law graduates planning to enter the legal profession.
Applicants with appropriate experiential qualifications may also be eligible. In addition, the course is a highly valued qualification in its own right, facilitating entry to a wide range of career opportunities as well as to the legal profession.
The GDL/CPE at the School is approved by The Bar Council and The Law Society.
Unlike the larger providers, we can offer you a learning environment with the focused support and attention that is only possible with a small cohort. You will benefit from an individually designed teaching programme enriched by the experience and research interests of our teaching team of academic and professional lawyers.
Applicants need an honours degree or equivalent.
The course covers the foundations of legal knowledge required by The Law Society and The General Council of the Bar. It comprises eight taught units.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to research and write a paper on a further area of law in which they have a special interest, and may wish to pursue in the future.
The units are:
Legal System, Process & Skills
First, the unit provides a knowledge of the main characteristics of the English legal system and an understanding of the main legal methodologies. Through building on previously acquired transferable academic skills, it initiates work with legal sources, legal process and legal reasoning and, in particular, legal research. The unit aims to place you in a position to become more effective in Stage 2 where legal research and other skills will be developed further.
Second, the unit aims to provide you with exposure to area of law other than those specified by the professional bodies as foundation subjects. Such exposure is a requirement of the Joint Academic Stage Board.
Law of Contract
This unit builds on the Legal System, Process and Skills unit, ensuring that students have the ability to find relevant legal sources and materials and to apply the law in a range of formats. This unit links directly with Land Law and European Law and the Law of Torts. It is relevant to all areas of the course where a systematic and structured approach is required.
Law of Torts
At the end of this unit you will gain a sound understanding and appreciation of relevant theories, concepts and principles of the Law of Torts.
This unit aims to to provide a critical understanding of the general foundations of Land Law.
Law of Trusts
This unit links with Land Law, especially in relation to the division between legal and equitable ownership and in relation to trusts of land.
Constitutional & Administrative Law
On completion of this unit you will demonstrate understanding of the principles and foundations of Constitutional and Administrative Law.
You will gain a sound understanding of the foundations of criminal liability with particular reference to the major offences.
European Union Law
You will gain an appreciation of European legal method, the relationship of European Community law to the English legal system, and of particular areas of substantive law.
Another Area of Law
In addition, students will undertake a further unit, covering another area of law.
On completion of the GDL/CPE, students are offered a guaranteed place at Bournemouth University on our Legal Practice Course (LPC). The LPC is the vocational stage of training for solicitors. Students interested in qualifying as barristers can seek advice on the Bar Vocational Course from barristers in the law team.
Some of our Graduate Diploma in Law Graduates are now undertaking roles such as;
Some of the companies that our Graduate Diploma in Law Graduates are now working for are;
Harold G Walker Solicitors
Court of Justice
Spoor & Fisher
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