For students who wish to practise law in England and Wales, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course enables those who have acquired a non-law undergraduate degree to complete the academic stage of legal professional education in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) in order to then begin the vocational stage of training as either a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Vocational Course). The diversity of subject background implied in the GDL is well regarded by employers in the legal profession.
The Oxford Brookes GDL is renowned for its strong academic focus and its high calibre intake. The relatively small number of students (around 100) ensures a friendly and supportive learning environment and individual attention for students from their tutors. Our students benefit from the stimulating environment of a growing university law department with an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research. Students are able to join an award winning pro bono scheme, and our GDL teams are frequently successful in national mooting and client interviewing competitions. A high percentage of our students who continue on to the bar win Inns of Court scholarships for their Bar Vocational Course (BVC) year. Our location places us in a world-renowned centre of learning, with good transport links. Guest lectures are arranged throughout the year to augment the lecture programme. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a trip to the institutions of the European Union.
If you successfully complete the Oxford Brookes GDL followed by the Legal Practice Course, you will be entitled to apply for the additional award of LLB (Hons) Legal Practice.