The Legal Cheek View
Sandwiched between Birmingham and Nottingham, De Montfort University is in the smaller city of Leicester. Some DMU law students “highly recommend” the GDL course. In particular, they note that it’s great value for money – it will only cost you just over £5k. And, GDLers are well prepared to pass the gruelling course: “We dealt with sample questions from the start, which was invaluable preparation for the examinations,” one recent graduate tells us.
Lecturers at De Montfort are “enthusiastic” about their subjects. One student says the tutors “truly understand every aspect” of their modules. This “makes a big difference” to the LPC experience, especially to the “quality of seminars”. The tutors are “all active practitioners, enabling me to learn from real industry professionals who know all the current best practice,” we are told. It seems that the staff genuinely care about their students’ learning too: “We also appreciated that they had time for us outside of lessons”.
Full time contact hours are typically 21 hours per fortnight, but GDLers can also schedule meetings with their personal tutors. Part timers are looked after: “Due to work commitments, I could only consider pursuing the GDL course part time… The supporting audio and course notes were excellent and allowed an understanding of each topic to be gained in bite-size chunks – essential when distance learning,” one reports.