GDL Law Course
GDL or the Graduate Diploma in Law was previously known as the Common Professional Exam (CPE law course), a name still used by some institutions. The course itself is a post graduate course for students who did not take a law degree and hope to become either a solicitor or a barrister.
The content of the course is designed to give you a foundation of legal knowledge, and as such it covers seven key areas of law:
1. Public Law
2. EU Law
3. Property Law
4. Criminal Law
5. Law of Tort
6. Contract Law, and
7. The Law of Equity and Trusts
All seven areas are compulsory and are assessed by the course providers, typically in the form of a three hour written exam. The exams are taken towards the end of the year, with most providers asking you to complete mocks throughout the year. The GDL course can either be undertaken on a full or part time basis. Full time, it will take you a year to complete, whereas for GDL distance learning students it can take up to four years.
Equity Law Module – Syllabus Details
This module within the course is designed to introduce you to the English law of trusts and equity. It is considered particularly important if you are a student who wishes to pursue the Chancery option on your BPTC, although it must be passed by all students.
Course content can vary between institutions, but a typical course would cover;
• the principles and maxims of equity
• classification of trusts
• equitable remedies and rights
• express private trusts
• constructive trusts
• implied and resulting trusts
• how to appoint, remove and retire trustees
• the duties and powers of trustees
• trusts in a commercial setting
• knowing receipt and accessory liability
• remedies for breach of trust
• trustees liability for breach of trust
• private purpose trusts, and
• unincorporated associations
As the nature of the examination varies between GDL providers, some, such as those at Aston Business School assess by a mixture of examination and coursework and others, including Sheffield University, will assess simply through written exams. To get exact details of the nature of the assessment, you are advised to contact the course provider directly.
The GDL is run at a number of UK centres nationwide, all of which cover equity law in their curriculum.
If you wish to have a GDL London course provider, then there are seven available institutions including:
• BPP Law School
• University of Westminster
• The College of Law, and
• Middlesex University
Nationwide courses include those at the:
• University of Glamorgan
• Solent University, and
• Oxford Brookes University
When choosing which college to study at, it is worth speaking to a LawTraining.co.uk course advisor directly to find out what a provider’s pass rate is, what percentage of students get into an LPC or BPTC from the course and what optional subjects they offer above the seven core modules.
Applications for a GDL should be made in your final year of university to begin the course the following September.