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An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
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An honours degree of class 2:2 or above in any subject. Applicants should note the following:
If you are applying for part-time study, you must apply direct to the University. The Law School has a bi-annual intake for part-time courses, so you should check whether there is an intake in the year you intend to study. If, however, you are able to attend during the day, you are encouraged to contact the University with regard to entry outside the bi-annual intake.
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Our Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) offers you the chance to study law in an intellectually stimulating and rewarding atmosphere
Our Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) is specifically designed for non-law graduates so they can achieve a ‘qualifying’ award for the purposes of becoming a solicitor or barrister, and is a valuable qualification in its own right. You will study all the subject areas that professional legal bodies regard as ‘foundational’ to an academic legal education.
The University of South Wales is one of the oldest providers of the Common Professional Examination (CPE) in the country, so we have a wealth of experience in delivering this course. We understand what applicants need when they decide to start legal study and what it takes to achieve success on this course. Our flexible study options allow you to study full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.
This law brochure provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.
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From first-rate facilities supported by the latest state-of-art software to opportunities to provide members of the public and businesses with legal advice in our specialist legal and financial advice clinic, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying law at the University of South Wales.
For further details and more reasons why you should choose to study Law at the University of South Wales, please visit our Why Study Law page.
The course covers all foundation law subjects within these six compulsory modules:
Full-time study involves attendance at one lecture and one seminar per module per week (usually Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays), with the exception of Legal Research which is ‘front loaded’ at the beginning of the course. Studying part-time takes two years and is ideal for students who need to combine study with work and/or personal commitments. Classes are timetabled over two evenings per week (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays) or during the day alongside full-time students. Seminars are two hours long and form the core of your learning environment. In seminars, you will undertake discussion and/or presentation or moots in a stimulating atmosphere. This is supported by online materials, research and the University’s extensive online facilities. We take great pride in exposing students to critical thinking to foster creative lawyers.
Assessment is through a mixture of examination and coursework, with the exception of Legal Research, which is assessed by a supervised dissertation.
Non-law graduates are in demand by the legal profession because of their fresh perspective, and now make up 50% of all new lawyers. This qualification will also prove to be of value to those considering other careers where an understanding of the legal system would be valuable. Many of our graduates are currently studying for the LPC/BPTC or are practising law. As a University of South Wales GDL graduate you will be given preferential consideration for a place on our Legal Practice Course.
Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of training.
“The opportunity to study the GDL part-time at the University of South Wales provided me with the flexibility and support I needed to gain my law degree, while being able to continue in my extremely busy and demanding career. I was particularly impressed with the well-stocked law library, easy remote access to a comprehensive range of law resources and the support provided by teaching and administrative staff.”
Dr Siegbert Otto
The University has invested in excellent teaching facilities in the Law School based at Ty Crawshay ensuring you will study the foundation law topics in a stimulating and rewarding environment. The grade II listed building houses dedicated facilities for all law students including a moot courtroom, postgraduate study areas and interview practice rooms. This development forms part of the University’s £130m campus development.