Our law foundations course for non-law graduates
If you’re looking to switch to a career in law, our Law Foundations Course will build the foundational knowledge you need for your onward legal training. In addition to the knowledge and skills you need to pass your future legal assessments, we’ll help you think like a lawyer from the outset, with personalised advice towards a career action plan and securing legal pro bono experience.
95% of PGDL graduates secured employment or went on to further study
Allows progression onto barrister training.
Allows progression onto SQE solicitor training
Developed following extensive research with firms, chambers and aspiring lawyers
The Law Foundations Course enables a smooth transition into studying law whilst developing the skills you need to secure pupillage or Qualifying Work Experience.
You will learn like a lawyer from the outset, with teaching delivered by experienced solicitors and barristers. Through highly interactive small group teaching sessions, we provide opportunities to apply your growing legal knowledge, professional capabilities, and problem-solving skills.
Over 150 leading organisations send their trainee lawyers to study with us. These include chambers, local councils, in-house teams, and law firms from the Magic Circle to the high street, commercial giants to niche practices.
So when the profession trusts us, you can too.
Postgraduate Diploma in Law (awarded by BPP University)Entry requirements
How you’ll learn
We offer extensive support to our students and deliver teaching using our unique five-step approach. It is built around simulated case-based learning and the development of a coaching relationship between tutor and learner that reflects the real-world practice and helps you develop the skills and the knowledge for practice and to succeed in your assessments in various ways.
Face-to-face: Study at one of our conveniently located UK study centres, providing the structure and discipline of physical teaching in a collaborative environment.
Online lectures: Available live and on-demand. Live sessions are fully interactive with dedicated classroom software. Features expert tutors with current and previous commercial experience from firms.
Small group sessions: Delivered in-centre and involve a wide range of different learning and teaching techniques. Advocacy sessions will only feature groups of up to 5 for enhanced learning.
Dedicated tutor and 1-2-1 mentoring: Throughout your studies, you will have the support of a dedicated personal tutor and opportunities to sign up for one-to-one mentoring.
BPP Adapt: Through our innovative learning platform, BPP Adapt, you can track your progress, understand your strengths and target areas for improvement, ensuring you’re fully prepared to pass your exams.
Virtual Practice Environment: Through our Virtual Practice Environment, you will experience realistic briefs and case handling in a way that mirrors a legal practice intranet in a Barristers’ chambers.
The Hub: This is the home of your learning materials, course notes and recorded lectures. You can ask questions and chat with tutors alongside dedicated support and guidance from specialist support teams.
How you can study
Our full-time programme is taught over two terms (each of which is 15 weeks) and you will typically receive between 8-10 contact hours per week in small group workshops.
In addition to this contact time, students will be required to complete approximately 30 hours of independent study per week.
Our flexible programme gives you the choice of whether to attend over two, three or four days a week depending on your chosen location and study mode.
Our part-time programme is taught over four terms (each of which is 15 weeks). We offer a variety of part-time options including evening, weekend and online study.