Cardiff University (GDL)
The Legal Cheek View
Across the road from the Welsh Government buildings and a short walk from the River Taff is Cardiff University, recommended by its students for its “location and brand name”.
The GDL at Cardiff law school is a “challenging course”. In particular, GDL students are “grateful for the fantastic careers service at Cardiff Uni”. GDL students benefit from its support: “It was very, very good. Not only was I able to participate in a fantastic pro-bono scheme, the career services referred me to a law firm for my first paralegal job,” one recent graduate tells us. For many students, an opportunity like this is like gold dust. Indeed, for one insider, “this was my foot in the door into the legal profession”. There’s also mooting and pro bono initiatives, as well as negotiating and client interviewing competitions on the menu.
The tutors are equally supportive. Students appreciate the “good teaching” from lecturers “who actually care”. In particular, they equip their law students with “excellent preparation for the exams”, which are notoriously difficult to pass. To revise ahead of exams you can use the designated study spaces that are exclusive to postgrads. But be warned, there’s “no control over noise or disruption in postgraduate study areas or law library”.