De Montfort University (GDL)

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 £6k. 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 GDL 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.

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There’s an active careers service at the DMU law school, too. They organise “various law fairs”. One GDLer says these “have enabled me to speak to prospective employers”. Adding that, “from this I have been successful in securing a training contract. Bonus!”

DMU thinks of itself as a ‘21st century university’. So, the facilities are pretty swish and modern. You’ll be doing the GDL inside the new £35 million Hugh Aston Building. It’s got its own mock courtroon, client interviewing room, its own law library as well as the Newarke café for study breaks (you’ll need them). Law students are generally happy with the study spaces: “The exclusive postgraduate floor is excellent and really allows me to focus on my studies”. You can also study in the main Kimberlin library, which is open 24/7 all year round – one of the perks of studying the GDL at a wider university.

Leicester itself is something of a party town and our GDL spies tell us it’s “a great place to be”. Take advantage of De Montfort’s Student’s Union, which organises nights out, free live music and film screenings. A busier social life is one of the perks of studying the GDL at a university with a wider student community. Indeed, a GDLer reports that they have left DMU with “firm friends”.

Key Info

Full time fees £6,500
Part time fees £3,250
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 40
Part time places 60

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.