Why study at Roehampton

  • Equip yourself for legal practice with our ‘practice-based’ law approach taught by experienced academics and tutor practitioners.
  • Work with our dedicated Law School Careers Advisor who will help you to target the law career you choose.
  • Build upon your legal skills and obtain work experience through our partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Meet the legal issues that face society today head on in our new Graduate Diploma in Law course.

Our GDL is designed and taught by experienced lawyers and legal professionals; it will provide you with the necessary platform for the skills needed in the legal profession and will support your transition into your legal career from your previous subject discipline.

This intensive one year full time course centres on ‘practice-based’ learning; it aims to develop your understanding of law in the context of everyday life and modern legal practice. This approach emphasises training in legal & transferrable skills and involving practitioners and ex-practitioners in your teaching and learning.

You will have the opportunity to put law into action through engaging and optional work experience with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). Alongside our other pro-bono activities, you can apply for the CAB Gateway Programme that gives you experience in assisting and advising members of the public at a local CAB centre.

IMPORTANT: Further information on the study of law: post-university training and routes to qualification

Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive consultation about legal education and training. This includes review about the routes and qualifications to become a solicitor or barrister. Some of the considerations include changing or ending existing routes, or opening new ones. We are informed that the current routes of a qualifying law degree or the GDL, and the BPTC to become a barrister will remain in place until at least summer 2017. The current route of a qualifying law degree or GDL and LPC will remain in place until at least summer 2018.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board will make announcements after their consultations and reviews at the end of 2015. These decisions will then inform the different routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

For further information please visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Personal Tutoring

A high proportion of your time will be spent working face to face with tutors in your seminars and workshops, developing your understanding of legal issues and skills. You will be encouraged to engage from the start of the course with legal issues and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner.

Studying legal subjects from scratch on an intensive course like the GDL can be a challenging transition in terms of learning styles. Therefore each student will have a personal tutor – in our previous experience of running GDL courses at other law schools, this is a tremendous support system which will help you succeed on our GDL course.

Introduction to our GDL modules

Below is an outline of the modules available for this GDL course. You will begin by studying the Legal Systems, Ethics and Skills (LSES) module and then cover the seven Foundations of Law modules throughout the year. You will also be invited to take part in our Legal Practice Module, working as part of a small ‘firm’ of students and participate in our law careers programme run by our Law School Careers Advisor.

Legal Systems, Ethics and Skills: This module provides a foundation for presenting reasoned, logical arguments and the structure and functions of the English legal system. Explore the moral dimension of the practice of law and learn about the organisation of the main principles and ethical considerations.

Contract: Find out the fundamental notions of contract law by discovering concepts developed through case law and understand the relationship between case law and statute. Learn to identify relevant law applicable to facts and understand the diverse legal and commercial arrangements between consumers and businesses.

Criminal Law: Discover key criminal law concepts and principles. Learn about a range of criminal offences and defences and apply them to legal principles to factual scenarios. You will also explore how criminal law is evolving to meet the demands of modern legal practice.

Public Law & Human Rights: Gain a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of public and constitutional law in the United Kingdom. The changing approaches to civil liberties and human rights will be examined through the context of the Human Rights Act 1998, with a particular focus on police powers, freedom of assembly and public order.

Law of Tort: Understand the law of Tort and apply the law to legal problems in order to find a solution. The module will develop your capacity to formulate a reasoned legal argument and evaluate the merits of competing legal arguments.

European Union Law: Study in depth certain areas of constitutional European Union Law. On completion of this module you will be capable of demonstrating your understanding of the decision-making process within the EU, sources of EU Law, the principle of supremacy, and the legal remedies for enforcing EU Law.

Land Law: Focus on the fundamental concepts and principles concerned with land development, ownership and transfer with an emphasis on real property. You will also reflect on how the law adapts longstanding land law concepts to modern practices and policies.

Law of Trusts: In this module you will acquire knowledge of the law of trusts and appreciate the role of trusts in a variety of modern contexts. You will study the rights, duties and powers of settlors, trustees and beneficiaries and develop the ability to apply relevant legal principles to complex fact patterns. 

Legal Practice Module: This module gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and competencies for a future legal career through applying them in a ‘real time’ environment. In particular it aims to:

  1. Build your skills and confidence in legal communication and competencies
  2. Introduce you to the economics and financial side of practice and the role of lawyers

You will need to manage your own learning within a very small ‘firm’ group and outside the class-based environment. You will be able to work with qualified lawyers and trainers and explore the relationship between the study of law as an academic discipline and the practice of law and its application in the working environment, understanding what it means to be a reflective practitioner.


Career options

Career options and the Law School Careers Advisor

Our GDL prepares graduates for a range of legal careers including practising solicitors, barristers, paralegals, academic law or any career which demands critical reasoning skills. Working alongside the academic team is our Law School Careers Advisor, who comes from a law graduate careers background and has worked with law firms and barristers chambers in recruiting GDL students into practice. The Careers Programme we run will give you the platform you need to advance to the next stage of working in the law.


Graduate Diploma

Number of credits


Postgraduate entry requirements »


Social Sciences


1 year full-time

Tuition fees

£7,800 (2017; full-time UK/EU)

£11,388 (2017; full-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Further information

Dr Giles Proctor
+44 (0) 20 8392 3195

Please note:

  • All applications must be made through the Central Applications Board.
  • When applying, please search under 'University of Roehampton' to select the course (not 'Roehampton University'.

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 7 February 2018