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.