The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) is a pathway into a career in law for non-law graduates. The PGDL offers the transition into the legal study. The University of Law provides a high level of support and guidance whilst teaching the academic law necessary and key skills and competencies crucial for a future in law.

Why Convert to Law?

There are many benefits for non-law graduates to choose a PGDL. Not only does it open a pathway into a career in law but also employers value the combination of a non-law undergraduate combined with a solid grounding in core legal skills and principles.

The PGDL at the University of Law aids the development of legal skills through workshops and problem-based learning. As well as providing career advice, the University of Law teaches students to focus on key skills and behaviours necessary for legal practice.

The course is taught by qualified lawyers who will help prepare the students for the real world after the course. Flexible study plans are provided to fit each individual. Moreover, their years of experience in training more practising lawyers in the UK than any other law school has helped students go on to succeed in law, business, politics and more, making them an ideal provider.

In all modules, the focus is to combine legal knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Alongside academic modules, students engage in a Skills and Behaviours module, which allows them to recognise and develop key professional and personal attributes necessary to thrive as a lawyer in a work environment, and to manage their career.

Course Structure

At the University of Law each taught module comprises of workshops and incorporates streamed lectures or media. Class contact time is combined with online tutorials, online Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs) and self-study from study manuals and online research. There is a learning model that is based around undertaking activities in the workshops (or equivalent online activities) to develop both knowledge and key skills required.

Also, the Skills and Behaviours module (non-credit bearing) that is available will comprise of workshops spread over all semesters. The required modules are 15 credits each and include the basic foundations of law such as contract, criminal and land law.

Course Fees

Fees for the course differ on location. Both London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate campuses cost £12,250. This is due to cost of living in London being higher.  Whereas the campuses in Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Reading cost £9,850. To help with course fees the University of Law offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to make studying affordable.

By Rebecca Moore