CPE Law Course
The GDL is the new name for the common professional examination which is sat by students who have not studied law at university but who wish to train as lawyers. As the name change only came into effect in 2010, the two names are still often used interchangeably, and the GDL exams are very similar to those of CPE law.
The GDL aims to give you knowledge of seven fundamental areas of law that you will need before progressing onto either the BPTC or the LPC. The seven compulsory areas are;
(1) The Law of Tort
(2) Constitutional or Public Law
(3) Land Law
(4) Equity and Trusts
(5) Criminal Law
(6) Contract Law, and
(7) European Union Law
The nature of the assessment for these modules depends on the course provider. Some will assess this module by using a closed book written exam whereas others will incorporate coursework into the assessments.
European Union Law
The module consists of a number of areas of focus including;
• the development of the EU since its beginnings as the EU Coal and Steel Community
• the structures of the EU such as the Parliament and the Commission
• the law making processes of the EU, the constitutional principles behind the EU
• how EU law is in enforced in member states
• how to enforce the laws of the EU through the European Court of Justice, and
• the internal market of the EU and freedom of movement of workers, services and goods
The course will cover a great deal of international law and will take a look at how the EU interacts with countries that are not part of the EU. As the course tends to focus on the issues you are more likely to experience in practice, a significant amount of time will be spent examining how the rules of the EU and the internal market will impact on those businesses that trade in Europe.
Complete details of the syllabus followed at each GDL training course can be obtained from the course provider to allow you to choose a course which focuses on the areas you are interested in.
Past Papers for the GDL EU Law
As the examinations are unique to each training provider, once you start the course they will provide you with their own past papers to help you get an understanding of the nature of the exam. Some of these papers may not be GDL law exams but from CPE exam papers as the questions are likely to be very similar.
If you want to find out how each institution carries out its assessment, the information is usually available on their website. There are a number of GDL course providers in England and Wales, from national providers such as BPP Law and the College of Law through to individual universities such as UEA and the University of Sheffield. A full list can be found on the website of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, along with their contact details and information on whether they run full or part time courses.