ULaw cuts surprise deal to revive Exeter’s GDL and LPC

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By Judge John Hack on

Initiative kicks off this September and will see vocational courses back at west country law school for first time in nearly a decade


Exeter University’s law school has cut a deal with the University of Law to revive its two postgraduate law courses, the institutions announced this morning.

Within the next two years, both the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) will be offered at Exeter for the first time since the university binned the courses in 2006.

The GDL will be the first to return to the Russell Group university, with the course kicking off this September. A year later, the LPC will be offered from September 2016. Both courses will be offered jointly at Exeter’s Streatham campus with the University of Law.

According to a statement, ULaw will be responsible for providing the educational content of both programmes. The Guildford-based institution said that would include “face-to-face teaching, tutor support and an employability programme to boost workplace skills”.

Exeter law School head Professor James Devenney described the deal with ULaw as “unique”. He went on to say:

“We hope that the collaboration will attract new students to Exeter, while providing our own graduates with the opportunity to further improve their employability by acquiring the next stage of legal training in Exeter.”

Professor Andrea Nollent, Provost at ULaw, said Exeter GDL and LPC students would be able “to access the over 600 mentoring places and 3,300 pro bono opportunities offered by ULaw [as well as] our connections with legal recruiters and award-winning online student employability programme.”


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