Business, Economics and Law
GDL in Law
The GDL (also known as a ‘CPE’) commencing during the first week of September, is a full-time, 36-week, intensive course designed to be the first step towards a career in law for those whose first degree is in a non-law subject. Non-law graduates are being welcomed into the legal profession at an increasing rate, as they are perceived as bringing a fresh perspective to law and the GDL provides ‘fast-track’ entry into the profession. The Swansea GDL is validated by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, allows non-law graduates to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to the vocational stage of training to become either a solicitor*, barrister or legal executive.
In addition to the obvious career paths of solicitor, barrister and legal executive, the GDL opens up doors to other careers in law such as paralegals, licensed conveyancers and barristers' clerks, as well careers outside the legal professions where knowledge of the law can prove invaluable, including human resource and business management, accountancy, trading standards, the police service and advice work, to name but a few.
*See details of our Legal Practice Course for solicitor training.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants with qualifications awarded by overseas institutions will need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing, from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority (www.sra.org.uk) or the Bar Standards Board (www.bsb.org.uk).