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ULaw students hit out after they’re told to defer to get cheaper GDL and LPC fees

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Exclusive: Law school giant slashes cost of online courses by up to £3,000 for 2019 academic year, leaving some current students unhappy

The University of Law (ULaw) has come under fire from a group of students after it told them they would have to defer their studies for 12 months if they wanted to take advantage of next year’s substantially cheaper fees.

In what would usually have been a piece of good news, the law school giant announced it was slashing the price of several of its online courses by up to 18% for the academic year commencing September 2019.

In an email seen by Legal Cheek, ULaw confirmed that from next year fees for its online Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) would be £9,350 (previously £11,270), fees for its online Legal Practice Couse (LPC) would now sit at £13,150 (previously £16,215) and fees for its online masters in law would now be £10,600 (previously £12,520). The law school said a review of its course portfolio had prompted the price drop.

The email goes on to explain that students currently enrolled on one of the aforementioned courses and looking to “take advantage of the price reduction” would need to defer for a whole year. This despite many already being almost three months into their studies.

The 2019 LPC Most List

ULaw’s email continues:

“By choosing to defer you will effectively reset the clock and commence your studies from week 1 but at the lower September 2019 fee. You will receive repeat tuition for the sessions you have already studied and then progress through the course in the normal manner.”

Legal Cheek understands that ULaw has declined several requests to reimburse the £3,000 difference to current students who want to continue with their courses.

One student, who already has a training contract already lined up, told us:

“It’s ludicrous to expect us to defer, while I would greatly appreciate the reduced fees I cannot waste a whole year waiting.”

Another pointed out that the law school could have saved itself a major headache if it had waited until the end the academic year to announce the new fee levels.

Rounding off its email to students, ULaw accepted that there may be concerns about the drop in fees and deferrals, but stressed that “although not unknown, it is unusual for a course fee to be reduced year on year.”

A spokesperson for ULaw told Legal Cheek:

“We can confirm that following a review we have decided to reduce the fees of some of our online courses from 1 September 2019. We wanted to acknowledge the fact that some current students might want to take advantage of this reduction and have therefore offered some options to allow them to do so.”

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43 Comments

Anonymous

Further confirmation (as if it was needed) that ULaw is a joke. BPP all the way!

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Anonymous

Choppers the lot of them

(8)(6)

Disgruntled imode student

Disgusting behaviour on part of ULaw!!

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Anonymous

Free market economy.

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Anonymous

There’s no jobs for these people anyway.

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Anonymous

The course has an awful reputation and pass rate this is just a way to suck more in to spending money with them not because it is a quality product worth paying for….

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Ex Ulaw Student

I went to uLaw

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Anonymous

Gimp

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Anonymous

Wow, what a story! Are you selling the film rights?

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Buttman

Why did they tell current students who would have finished by the time the new fees came in and probs wouldn’t care ?

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Anonymous

Price for year X: a
Price for year Y: b
Price for year Z: c

Want to pay c? Wait for year Z. You wanted to pay a? Sorry, you’re in year Y, so you pay b.
It is so simple that even Ulaw is right this time.

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Anonymous

You’re an idiot if you cannot see the bigger picture.

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Anonymous

“the bigger picture” is you willing to pay less than you undertook to pay.

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Anonymous

I take it you aren’t having to self fund the LPC then lol!

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Anonymous

Um no one self funds the lpc lmao

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Anonymous

Are you a retard? You either have to pay it back or you don’t lol

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Anonymous

Are you a spa? You either have to pay it back or you don’t lol

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Anonymous

What do you want ULaw to do? Give every student a discount because they’re reducing the fees next year? When you accept a place on the course, you agree to pay a fee. Don’t whinge later on if that fee is reduced.

It’s akin to having a moan because the shoes you bought at full price are now on sale. That’s life.

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Anonymous

That’s what all the people say
You’re riding high in April
Shot down in May

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Anonymous

But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June…

(because I’ll be done with f***ing ULaw).

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Peter

I think they are ‘moaning’ because they were specifically emailed and told if they were interested in a fee reduction they should defer a year. ULaw brought this on themselves by telling these students about it and then asking them to defer ! That’s the problem so I can understand why they are annoyed. ULaw shouldn’t have told them. They should have just reduced the fees next year. If these guys are full time then they would have graduated by then and wouldn’t have cared I am assuming.

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Cedric

It’s actually rather sporting of ULaw, one might say.

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Not angry, disappointed

£9,350 for a handful of online seminars and some poorly written textbooks is still taking the piss,regardless of how much its been reduced by.

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Anonymous

In other news, everyone who bought a television for 100n before Black Friday, which was then reduced to 30n, is getting their 70n back. Obviously.

More amazement at ULaw actually reducing fees.

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Anonymous

They have to announce fees in advance so that incoming students know what they’ll be paying next year.

These moaners were prepared to pay the price they were offered the course at. It seems like ULaw are trying to be accommodating by letting them defer until next year.

If the fees were going up again next year, would the moaners be demanding that they are charged more this year? Of course not.

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Anonymous

Quite – Over-entitled grumbling makes Friday headline.

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Harry Thotter

They’re getting their grubby little paws into Nottingham too….

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Anonymous

Not sure why anyone would be surprised, coming from the University who charges £350 (per year) to students who need to defer for a year on serious medical grounds.

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Anonymous

Law students without a grasp of basic contract law? Brilliant.

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Anonymous

More of an indictment of ULaw than this “story”.

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Matthew Shardlake

Is this news?

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Anonymous

I bid you good morrow Serjeant Shardlake.

How goes the Court of Requests? Better than this ‘Legal Cheek’ stupidity I would wager.

God’s bowels! We must put a stop to the larking and sniping of this infernal publication.

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Anonymous

Congratulations to (the sponsored) Legal Cheek for advertising for ULaw how much less its fees are for next year.

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Anonymous

LMAOOOOOOOO

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Anonymous

Legal Cheek has been royally played here; bless. Not reporting on The Machine but too stupid to realise it is part of The Machine.

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U-Law Alumnus

I too went to Ulaw

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Anonymous

DID YOU KNOW THAT NEARLY 50% OF ALL CITY LAWYERS ARE ULAW ALUMNI?

DID YOU KNOW THAT WE BEAT OXBRIDGE IN TERMS OF THE % OF OUR STUDENTS THAT GO ON TO START A TC???????????

NO YOU DIDN’T!!!!!!!

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Anonymous

How’s the never ending bleed of firms to BPP? Still waiting to hear the news of Links squeezing out of ULaw’s death grip to join the rest of the MC/real City firms.

Enjoy the “top” effluent spilling out of T&H next door. Hopefully they’ll provide enough revenue to keep your greasy Russian overlord happy.

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Anonymous

Did my LPC at Ulaw and then failed it, was also harassed by a tutor and had many snide remarks directed at me. Fcuk em. BPP all the way!

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lol

U Law should drop the fees to the lot they have offered a deferral to. Otherwise why offer a deferral?!?!?

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Anonymous

Students shouldn’t be paying for this anyway.

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Matthew Shardlake

You knave ‘Anonymous Nov 30 2018 5:42pm’ how dare you address me with such informality. I am abroad in Norfolk at this time, the Lady Elisabeth has a matter of some importance there and has instructed me to attend on her behalf. Gods teeth – these Norwich wretches will behave themselves, insolent curs though they are!

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Anonymous

“Law school giant slashes cost of online courses by up to £3,000 for 2019 academic year” is what I’ve learned from this.

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