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Year of Entry 2021/22

Legal Professional Practice

Part-time Law

Enter the legal profession quickly with this fast-track Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Combine the study of law with real-life experience of legal practice in our on-campus law firm.
  • Develop transferable professional and legal skills, such as interviewing, drafting and advocacy/public speaking.
  • Gain a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the foundational knowledge required to undertake the Legal Practice Course (or in future, the Solicitors' Qualifying Exam) or Bar Professional Training Course.

This course qualifies you for a career in law and gives you a practical edge in the employment market. Study the core foundations of legal knowledge and gain work experience in our on-campus law firm. The course satisfies the standards of both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

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Katherine Gartland

'As a psychology undergraduate that initially had very little knowledge of the law, I'm so pleased I did this course. The lecturers supported me to achieve more than I ever thought I could. The course also gave me the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the SHU law firm.'

Katherine Gartland, LLM Legal Professional Practice, 2018 graduate

How you learn

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We have highly motivated, knowledgeable and creative staff across the department, who bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills from legal practice. This enables high quality learning of the core aspects of the discipline and a range of specialist topics and areas of study.

You learn through

  • online lectures
  • two-hour workshops
  • group work and presentations
  • practically based case studies
  • professional work-based learning

Course leaders and tutors

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Alan Reid
Senior Lecturer In Law

Applied learning

Live projects

You spend a 12-week module working for two days a week in our on-campus law firm, SHU Law Ltd, gaining practical experience under the supervision of practising solicitors and paralegals. You advise, assist and represent real life clients in your chosen areas across four legal departments:

  • business and commercial
  • litigation
  • property and private client
  • professional voluntary work and human rights. Through this experience you gain practical, transferable skills and experience, such as teamwork, oral and written communication, advocacy and commercial awareness. This will enhance your graduate skills and impress future employers.

Extracurricular opportunities

You will have the opportunity to engage in mooting and debating, representing fictitious clients in appeals before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, in our on-campus moot court.

Our Mooting and Debating Society members take part in internal and national competitions and we have enjoyed considerable success.


You will create and develop your professional network by working under the supervision of qualified solicitors and paralegals, and liaising with lawyers and other professionals. Our excellent links with the local, regional and national legal profession enable you to gain valuable work experience opportunities and benefit from guest lectures from eminent legal experts.

Future careers

This course is a fully qualifying law degree and is therefore the first step towards a career in the legal profession, typically as a solicitor or barrister. With a law degree, you will also be in the top 25% of those who secure graduate jobs in the wider commercial and business sector.

This course prepares you for a career in

  • law (solicitor, barrister, paralegal, in-house counsel, in the private or public sector)
  • financial services
  • management and commerce
  • teaching
  • civil service
  • local government
  • the police
  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Trading Standards


The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is approved and accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

Typically a 2.2 honours degree or above in any subject.

Students without a 2:2 honours degree from the UK or Republic of Ireland are required to evidence that they meet the academic entrance requirements of the relevant professional body. This includes applicants with overseas degrees or mature students without an undergraduate degree.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve the award.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Criminal Law Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Law Of The European Union Credits: 10 Assessment: Exam
Module: The Law Of Contract Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: The Law Of Tort Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Constitutional And Administrative Law Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Equity And Trusts Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Land Law Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Legal Professional Practice Project Credits: 50 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Law courses (PDF)

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All full time applications for this course must be made directly through the Central Application Board.

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