New “Graduate LLB” will kick off next summer
The University of Law (ULaw) is offering its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students the option to upgrade to a full law degree at no extra cost.
The new course will allow GDL students the opportunity bag an LLB, by completing just three additional online modules.
Worth 20 credits each, aspiring lawyers can select from modules including employment, family, environmental, human rights and the law of business organisations. The first cohort of students will start the online course next summer.
Dr Stelios Platis, managing director at ULaw, said:
At The University of Law, we are 100% committed to the career of our students, and that’s why we are offering this enhancement of our GDL at no extra cost. Having a degree such as the Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) will make them even more competitive in the job market. With the Graduate LLB, we are combining the total flexibility of studying online with the full support from our expert academic team. Students will be able to add real value to their CV and accelerate their careers.
To be eligible for the new deal students must have already completed an undergraduate degree course and passed all their GDL assessments at the first attempt.
Fees for ULaw’s full-time GDL course in London currently sit at £10,590, while a three-year LLB will set you back £18,000.
ULaw has now offered a number of financial incentives for aspiring lawyers over the past year or so.
Last summer the law school promised to reimburse Legal Practice Course (LPC) students with half of their fees if they failed to find employment within nine months of graduating. Sweetening the deal last month, ULaw confirmed that out of work LPC students could use the other half of their LPC fees as credit towards another ULaw postgraduate course.
However, there is catch. According to the small print, employment is defined as “full-time” or “part-time” within the fields of law or commerce. Covering even basic secretarial work, ULaw isn’t going to pay up just because you didn’t land a training contract at a top City law firm.