16th January 2006



A new course is being launched by the University of Lincoln aimed at graduates who haven’t got a law degree but want to become a solicitor or barrister.

Rather than having to study for a further three years the Graduate Diploma in Law is an intensive year-long course equivalent to a degree.

The course satisfies the requirements of the Law Society (for intending solicitors) and the General Council of the Bar (for intending barristers) for the academic stage of training.

People who complete the course and want to become solicitors can progress on to the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC). Those wishing to become barristers can progress on to the Bar Vocational Course (BVC).

Head of Law Professor Richard Stone said: “The Graduate Diploma in Law is a rigorous and demanding course. The students will cover seven subjects in just one year compared to those undertaking the law degree who study a maximum of five subjects per year.

“We’re expecting most of the applicants will be people who’ve just completed a degree course and have decided they want to enter the legal profession. Employers welcome graduates who have done a degree in something else like politics or history before focusing on law as it gives them a broader perspective on life.”

He continued: “The introduction of the diploma is a logical development for the department and complements the teaching of law at undergraduate level. It also provides an additional opportunity for legal study in the Lincoln area.”

Applications should be made through the Central Applications Board.  An application form can be obtained by writing to the board at: CPE/Diploma in Law Courses, Central Applications Board, PO Box 84, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1YX.


The initial closing date for receipt of applications is 1st February 2006, but late applications will be considered. 


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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