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Where to study

updated on 28 January 2021

The GDL is only the first stepping stone on the way to becoming a lawyer for non-law graduates. The overriding criteria for choosing where to do the GDL should therefore be the quality of the tuition and the subsequent impact on the likelihood of getting a place on an LPC. Some institutions may even guarantee a place on the subsequent course if you pass the GDL. Remember, the GDL (apart from being an expensive addition to your knowledge) will not be of much use unless you get onto an LPC (or BPTC) course afterwards.

With this in mind, you should be looking for as much information as possible about the various institutions before applying. You should try to find out about not only the academic programme, but also any links with the profession, the level of individual career guidance, the facilities available and any relevant extracurricular activities. It would also be helpful to get an idea of the institution's reputation among both students and the profession.

To help make your choice, use our Course search so that you can easily locate addresses and contact information. Here is a full list of those universities that offer the GDL:

Institutions that offer the GDL


Top results

Birmingham City University

BPP Law School

Bristol Institute of Legal Practice

Cardiff University

The City Law School

De Montfort University

Hertfordshire University

Kaplan Law School

The University of Law

London Metropolitan University

Manchester Law School

Nottingham Law School

Other results

Aberystwyth University

Aston University (Birmingham)

University of Bradford

University of Birmingham

Bournemouth University

University of Brighton

Brunel University

University of East Anglia

University of Keele

Kingston University

Lancashire Law School

Leeds Metropolitan University

Liverpool John Moores University

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

Northumbria Law School

Plymouth University

University of South Wales

Northumbria Law School

Oxford Brookes University

Sheffield University

Staffordshire University

University of Sussex

Swansea University

University of Westminster

University of Wolverhampton