Graduate Diploma in Law

Birkbeck, University of London


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Course information

The GDL offered by Birkbeck teaches you the seven foundations of law as required by the Bar Standards Board for the vocational training for barristers. It also equips you to embark on the necessary preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

You will develop the ability to:

  • critically engage with sources of law, including cases, and scholarship from law and related fields
  • apply principles of law
  • engage in basic legal research using specific legal resources.

If you already have an undergraduate degree and want to gain the skills to help you qualify, but are not yet ready to commit to a full Master's degree, a GDL will help you to understand and apply the law, as well as teaching you about the law in its political, social and economic context. 

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Length of course

Course available as:

1 year, full-time - online

2 years, part-time - on campus

2 years, part-time - online

Eligibility requirements

Lower second class honours degree or equivalent

Graduate Visa eligibility


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Qualification Level

Level 6 / 150 credits

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How to apply

Log in to LawCAB

Create a GDL application form from your dashboard.

You will be able to select the GDL at Birkbeck, University of London when you reach the course choice section of your form.

Full details of the application process are available here.

Course fees

Academic year 2024–25, starting September 2024
Part-time home students: £5,420 per year
Full-time home students: £10,840 per year
Part-time international students: £8,000 per year
Full-time international students: £16,000 per year

For information about course fees, please visit the Birkbeck website.

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