3rd March 2016

A course for graduates wanting to study to law continues to be a success with 24 students having completed the course since it was launched in 2010 and five more due to finish this year.

The graduate diploma in law was introduced by the GTA University Centre to provide an on-island opportunity for graduates wanting to enter the legal profession or gain a thorough grounding in law.

‘The legal industry in Guernsey is full of exceptionally talented individuals working on cases with a global reach. There has been a growing demand for legal professionals, not only from law firms but across all industry sectors, including the Guernsey Border Agency, accountancy and the States Health & Safety Executive. The fact that it does apply, and appeal, to so many roles has been instrumental in us offering the course and for its continued success,’ said programme manager, Kate Lenfestey

The GDL, which is approved by The Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, is delivered by Bournemouth University as a two year part-time course intended primarily for non-law graduates planning to enter the legal profession but is equally relevant to those wishing to gain a thorough grounding in the law.

A new cohort will start in September with students covering the eight units, which include law of contract, law of trusts, constitutional and administrative law and criminal law, over teaching weekends held on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Information about the course is being presented at three lunchtime events where there will be an opportunity to hear about the experiences of past students.

‘The format of the programme allows us to recruit on an annual basis and allows the students to provide a valuable support and mentoring resource to each other. The course offers a learning environment with the focused support and attention that is only possible with a small cohort and we know that appeals to students,’ said Ms Lenfestey.

To find out more about the course and about lunchtime launch presentations that will be held on 10 May, 21 June and 14 July, contact Kate Lenfestey on either 721555 or at kate.lenfestey@gta.gg