The Centre for Legal Practice
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LAW – PLYMOUTH TO TAKE OVER EXETER GDL
PRACTICE COURSE AND GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LAW – SUCCESSFUL VALIDATION BY LAW
SOCIETY AND JOINT ACADEMIC STAGE BOARD PANELS
a day visit to the University of Plymouth in November 2005 the validation panels
of the Law Society and Joint Academic Stage Board have recommended approval to
the Legal Practice Course Board and the Joint Academic Stage Board of the
running of the Graduate Diploma in Law (law conversion course) and Legal
Practice Course at the University of Plymouth from 2006. This represents the
confidence of the legal professional bodies in the University of Plymouth to run
recommended approvals are part of the planned transfer of staff and courses from
the University of Exeter’s established Centre for Legal Practice to the
University of Plymouth in the summer of 2006 for the start of the courses in
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follow the following links for further information about the courses at the
University of Plymouth
If you are
interested in applying for either of these courses please contact
and see the website for the Central
Applications Board for GDL and LPC courses through which all applications must
The Diploma in Law
This one year course of 36 weeks is for graduates in subjects other than law
and is designed to satisfy the requirements of completing the academic stage
of training for the Law Society. Successful students can apply directly to
the LPC which constitutes the final stage of professional training for
qualification as a Solicitor. The Diploma in Law has been formally
recognised by the Bar Council as giving exemption from the academic stage
of training for the Bar.
The course is very intensive and a high degree of application and dedication
will be expected of students.
Students will pursue a course of study in Foundations of Contract,
Foundations of Tortious Liability, Foundations of Criminal Law, Equity and
Trusts, Law of the European Union, Foundations of Property Law, Foundations
of Public Law, Legal Research skills and a dissertation on another area of
law not covered by the seven foundations.
For a detailed description of the Modules please
For admission to the Diploma in Law, a non-law degree of at least Second
Class Honours or equivalent is generally required.
Assessment of the foundation subjects is by assessed written coursework
and written examination.
For a brochure or other information please contact Centre for Legal
Practice, University of Exeter, Third Floor, Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, EX4 4RJ or telephone us on (01392) 263153;or email to