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GDL drop-out launches luxury private members club for London students seeking ‘the finer things in life’

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After being surrounded by wealthy wannabe lawyers at law school

Image credit: Instagram (@theluxurystudent)

A former Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) student who has launched a luxury private members club for students in London tells us she has no regrets about dropping out of her law course to start the company.

Aileen Gilani is the brains behind The Luxury Student, which was launched for London students who “seek the finer things” and want to take their lives “to a new level of opulence”.

The 26-year-old had studied a degree in international hospitality management at Oxford Brookes before enrolling on the GDL at The University of Law. On this decision, she describes herself as “the sort of person that wants to do everything in life”; she wanted to study a subject independent of her undergraduate degree and found, and still finds, law “fascinating”.

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The GDL, though, proved tough for Gilani, who at the same time had begun luxury lifestyle blogging and wanted to turn this hobby into a business. “I did feel lost during that phase in my life,” she concedes, “trying to juggle law studies and a start-up was very difficult.”

Aileen Gilani – Image credit: Instagram (@theluxurystudent)

It was her positive and supportive law student friends that helped point her in the right direction — not least because they acted as her muse. With plenty of rich students studying law alongside her, “I could see I already had my luxury student market in front of me”, Gilani reflects.

Gilani made the decision to leave university in the summer of 2016. With more than 500 members paying at least £50 a month for The Luxury Student perks, such as fancy gym memberships, spa treatments and Michelin star meals, Gilani doesn’t regret dropping out. But that’s not to say a move back into law in the future is off the cards. She says:

“For me the law industry will always be there but when you have a cool idea to play around with, I think it’s more exciting to try that first before continuing.”

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63 Comments

Anonymous

random story about a woman who has friends who study law.

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A trust fund with a trust fund

I feel like I finally belong

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Anonymous

#isawyoucoming

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mcassociate

What an awful website. It’s full of typos and basic grammatical errors… in fact, the author seems to be barely literate. Hardly a good advert for Brookes.

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Enough is enough

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Enough is enough

Wow that’s a first!!! So ironic references to Eighteenth Century revolutionary politics not welcome here but “Jones Day Partner” toilet humour is fine?

Che and Citizen Smith walk off in a huff…..

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Anonymous

Sponsored by ‘Seeking Arrangement.com’ 👸👸✊✊🍆💦💦

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Anonymous

when you have fuck all to post so you pick a GDL drop-out that couldn’t carry on cause she’s thick

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Anonymous

More like THICC, amirite?

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Anonymous

definitely… 10/10 would disappoint.

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Anonymous

Lol

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The Brown Knight

Fucking hell, their website is a total shit show. Poor grammar and horrendous spelling, and don’t even get my started on th- oh… Oxford Brookes. It all makes sense now.

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Anonymous

Oxford Brookes; the BTEC version of Oxford University

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Anonymous

What a pretentious moose

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Trumpenkrieg

Moose! I haven’t heard that insult used in YEARS!

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Family type

Great insult. But misplaced here – it’s meant to mean a really ugly person isn’t it?

Not sure why people are being so unpleasant about her. Bet she makes more money from this than most trainees.

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Family Type 2

doubt it.

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A trust fund with a trust fund

Surely almost all her revenue goes to paying for the perks she’s offering her subscribers?
Just eyeballing it, she charges £50 / month.
A luxury gym is going to be about £50 / month alone.
One luxury restaurant meal per month is going to be about the same.
Is she really getting over a 50% discount from the suppliers?

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Bugger off wank stain

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Trumpenkrieg

It seems I’ve become quite the all-consuming preoccupation for you.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Not as much as your mum is for you.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Sorry. Im a bit of a twat and I got carried away.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

One of my many, many, many, admirers. I’m not a twat, for clarity.

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TFG

Why are you such a dick (by pretty much all objective standards) ? Serious question – genuinely curious..

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Trumpenkrieg

I’m wondering who appointed you an arbiter of the objective standard for being considered a dick.

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TFG

Derived by the simple age-old, tried-and-tested method of sampling the common consensus old chap.

Unequivocal I’m afraid. Rotten luck what ho..

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Trumpenkrieg

Wouldn’t the general ratio of upvotes to downvotes on my comments on the LC comments section indicate an absence this common consensus you say exists?

TFG

No Trumpy – cos you do them all yourself ya dopey cock. It is known.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

My life has been taken to a new level of cringe.

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Nicholas O'Brien

A bit unlikely that J R-M reads this thread.
A joke no doubt, but his name should not be used
The fake news industry will pick up this post & attribute it to the real J R-M

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The Brown Knight

no they won’t lol

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STALLONE

Cool story sis, changed my loyfe.

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Anonymous

Could have changed to part time study and completed the course at the same time. Many people combine a full time job with evening / weekend study.

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CITY TRAINEE

Sometimes when I’m really bored I head off to the gents’ room on my floor to contemplate my life’s choices. I then usually also have a proper long wank.

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CMS trainee

Could be so much worse mate.

At our big battery farm office, everything has now been fitted out in glass to foster ‘creativity and inclusiveness’, including the gents’ bogs. Whenever someone goes drop a coil or has a nasty morning tug, we all get to watch.

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Anonymous

“international hospitality management at Oxford Brookes”

Money, privilege, but lacking in brains or common sense. Sounds like her target market.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Word

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Anonymous

For the record, the comment was

“bunch of See You Next Tuesdays!”

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barrister

Not a business I would set up, but fair play to her. Takes alot of guts to set up your own business. Far far more impressive than the keyboard warriors on here bragging about TC salaries. Most of them haven’t had an original thought in their lives – let alone the balls to do something about it.

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Anonymous

Says the keyboard warrior.

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The Brown Knight

I’m not sure if you’re her type mate, I think she might prefer people who aren’t mouth-breathing amphibians like yourself

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The Brown Knight

I would like to say sorry for my other post.

I am a total knob. I have no friends and little of a life to boast about.

I am a failed lawyer.

Again, sorry you had to encounter someone like me.

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Anonymous

Cool story, bruh.

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Sensible

Aren’t there already better institutions of this nature available?

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Enough is enough

Yes there are, or there could be….what shall we call them…Prisons? No Gulags that is a good name. They can stay their before we humanely march them out to the square. Drum roll and….plop.

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Sensible

Yes I enjoy the guillotine as a form of execution. It has a more a majestic shadow than the common noose

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Anonymous

Penis.

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Anonymous

Oxford Brookes AND a GDL dropout? Plus that mess of a website? Doesn’t sound like she had much of a chance of a career in law anyway, not even a high street firm in Blackpool would hire her

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Anonymous

BG MEDIA run Blackpool.

Little T and Sophie Aspin 4 lyfe.

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Not. Guiltay.

Recruitment next perhaps?

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Anonymous

hmmm….

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TFG

When I was a student, the finer things were a packet of Fox’s Classic as opposed to Custard Creams and PG Tips instead of Co-op own brand.

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Anonymous

Haha yes, even having milk in the fridge for breakfast was a luxury most days!

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Yorkshireman

Fridge? You were lucky to have a fridge! We used to have to leave our milk standing in a tub of cold dirty dishwater to try and keep it from curdling. Of course we couldn’t prevent that once we used the water from the tub to make our tea!

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Anonymous

Oil as opposed to resin in my case

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Big tool

Tonight I’m having hoops

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Anonymous

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Harsh Git

She’s young and attractive, therefore many people want to associate with her. Her lack of academic credentials and lack of a real career will catch up with her one day, and she will see the unpopular geeky girls become relevant in society whilst she is relegated to wife number two for a guy she probably wouldn’t give the time of day to today. I’ve seen this happen many times before. I actually don’t begrudge her for enjoying the glory days, its downhill from 35. Unless of course she is from a wealthy background or marries well, in which case she will be unaccomplished wife being judged by the others, but nonetheless still rolling in those circles.

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Sensible

Harsh Git is a wise man (thats your cred f*cked tho – sorry)

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Anonymous

“Doesn’t sound like she had much of a chance of a career in law anyway”

We would find a place for her… even without the GDL

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Scep Tick

“a degree in international hospitality management”

Christ on a bike.

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Boh Dear

Yes! Seriously, how is this a thing?

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