Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

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Course information

If you are thinking of qualifying as a lawyer in England and Wales, this course enables you to,

- study the structure and doctrines of the legal system in England and Wales and

- the seven core (foundation) subjects of a law degree: contract law, criminal law, equity & trusts law, EU law, land law, public law and tort law.

The GDL allows you to study these intensively over one year, instead of the three years usually required for a Law degree.

If you are thinking of qualifying as a barrister, the GDL gives you the academic modules you will need to pass before progressing to a Bar Training Course (BTC).  We also offer a BTC course. 

If you are thinking of qualifying as a solicitor, the GDL gives you the academic knowledge of legal principles and their application you will need as part of your preparation for the new centrally assessed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (“SQE”), introduced from September 2021. 

Find out more about this course here

Apply through LawCAB using the GDL/law conversion course application form.

Course length

12 months, full-time

Eligibility requirements

Honours degree from a UK university in a non-law subject, Class 2.2 or above. Applicants from overseas or with non-standard qualifications must apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) if you are planning on qualifying as a barrister.

Graduate Visa eligibility


Read about the graduate visa

Qualification level

Level 6 / 160 credits

Find out here what the different qualification levels mean.

How to apply

Log in to LawCAB

Create a GDL application form from your dashboard.

Select Cardiff University from the list of institutions in the course choice section of your form and then select the course, location and start date you want to apply for.

Full details of the application process are available here.


Email Cardiff University about their GDL

Course fees

2024 entry:

Home students - £11,200

Overseas - £22,700

Further information about course fees can be found on the Cardiff University website

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