The PGDL (Postgraduate Diploma in Law) is the step non-law graduates take between their undergraduate degree and doing the Legal Practice Course, also known as the LPCC. It teaches the key foundation areas of the law that align to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s specification for Functioning Legal Knowledge.
Whether you’re considering switching careers or fulfilling a lifelong dream, it’s a big decision to undertake the PGDL and a daunting academic challenge. Here’s how to make it work for you.
- Know that you’ll be a novice in the law
If you’ve never studied law at undergraduate level, then the PGDL is going to be a massive change of pace and it’s likely that you won’t know everything you need to know by a month in. Don’t be put off by this; it’s normal.
- Expect a lot of assessments
Assessments on a PGDL tend to be written and count for the bulk of your final grade, so it’s essential that you prepare. You’ll be expected to study a new topic every week and you’ll have mock exams halfway through each term. You’ll also be required to write essays and complete case studies.
The PGDL can be completed in full or part-time mode, and many students work alongside their studies. However, it’s important to balance your workload and remember that you can only focus on one thing at a time. If you’re doing a PGDL whilst working full-time, mooting, volunteering for legal charities and applying for training contracts and pupillage, you won’t be as successful as someone who is just focused on the PGDL.