Leeds Beckett University (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Known as the ‘nightlife capital of the north’, there’s rarely a dull moment in Leeds, even as a postgrad doing the GDL. With over 180 law firms and a wide choice of chambers, it’s also a popular city for law students.

The Leeds Beckett law school is located near to the city’s legal quarter. Tutors offer their GDL students “a lot of support”. They also have a wealth of practical expertise: “Most of my lecturers were former solicitors and the practical experience they shared helped me to prepare for my career in law,” reports a former GDLer and current solicitor. The GDL at Beckett gives wannabe lawyers an “excellent grounding in the legal process: and covers “many different areas of law” well.

The careers service runs a mentoring scheme that pairs GDL students with a professional from the local legal community. This saves law students a lot of stress when trying to balance looking for work experience, applying for training contracts and trying to pass the GDL exams.

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Representatives from local law firms also visit Leeds Beckett to give talks. They lead career development sessions, and judge legal competitions run by the law school. Be sure to get involved in the pro bono clinic as well, and keep an eye out for networking events.

Leeds itself is student budget-friendly and living costs are low. Many cultural attractions have free entry, and there’s always something going on. Recently, new coffee houses, exhibitions and craft beer haunts have been popping up around the city as part of its redevelopment plans.

Key Info

Full time fees £7,000
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 50
Part time places 50

Part-time course available, with fees paid annually over two years.