Revealed: 78% of Legal Cheek readers think law degrees are better than GDLs

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By Katie King on

An overwhelming win for LLBers as number of students enrolling nears 24,000 a year


The age-old question of whether the humble law degree or the more modern Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is superior may finally have been answered.

Last week on Legal Cheek, Millie Pierce, a law student at Warwick University, and Monica Davis, who recently completed her GDL, went head-to-head to pitch for their respective routes into the legal profession.

The article sparked huge debate in the comments section, so we decided to settle the dispute the best way we know how: by asking our readers what they think.

Having received almost 400 responses, Legal Cheek crunched the numbers and can finally reveal — by a staggering majority of nearly three to one — the lawyers of Twitter back the LLB over the GDL.

This overwhelming win for LLB-ers comes as the number of students enrolling on undergraduate law courses hits an all-time high.

According to UCAS stats, a pretty mental 23,825 students accepted offers to study law last year. This represents an increase of 5,215 since 2007. This figure corresponds with a marked drop in applications for the postgraduate law conversion course: in 2008-09 there were 5,980 made for the GDL, but just 3,690 in 2014-15.