Postgraduate Diploma in Law

Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University)
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Course information

This course is designed for non-law graduates interested in becoming a solicitor or barrister. The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) provides you with the foundation of legal knowledge and skills required for your legal training. For aspiring barristers, it satisfies the Bar Standards Board’s academic requirements to permit you to commence the vocational stage of training (e.g. the Barristers Training Course). For aspiring solicitors, it provides a solid grounding in the fundamental legal knowledge and skills required for key parts of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

This course provides a thorough consideration of the foundational law subjects, whilst allowing you to keep your options open before deciding which branch of the legal professions (solicitor or barrister) to train for.

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Apply for a full-time or part-time course through LawCAB using the GDL/law conversion application form.

Course length

One academic year - full-time
Two academic years - part-time (Year 1 Sept 2024 – June 2025; Year 2 Sept 2025 – June 2026)

Applicants should note that the part-time option entails four compulsory teaching weekends in each academic year in Nottingham. 

Eligibility requirements

Minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree.

Applicants who do not hold a UK first degree must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from The Bar Standards Board if they wish to qualify as a barrister.

Graduate Visa eligibility

Full time course - yes

Part-time course no

Read about the graduate visa

Qualification Level

Level 7

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 Nottingham Law School 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.


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Course fees

Full-time (9 months) - £9,500

Part-time (2 years) - Year 1: £4,750 / Year 2: £4,750* (second year course fee subject to annual review)

Please refer to Nottingham Law School website for information about course fees.

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