Liverpool John Moores University (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Liverpool is a popular student city with a lively art and music scene. For those looking to do a law conversion, Liverpool John Moores University is “cheap as chips” — in legal education terms at least. The law school, which has a Starbucks in every campus lobby, is “priced competitively” and is recommended for its “good quality”.

A LJMU student reports that “if you can motivate yourself and get the job done, this value for money is second to none”. Indeed, you can do the GDL in a combined course with the LLM for £5,700.

The GDL at LJMU is “mostly academic”. However, there are “some attempts to bring in relevant practice” through team mooting and problem solving workshops. LJMU’s focus on teamwork is a distinctive part of its GDL ethos: you’ll be “encouraged to work collegiately” with students and tutors alike.

The teaching staff are “a good mix of academics and former solicitors”. A LJMU student adds that “the majority were very good”. Although “you may have to chase a couple of them”, the tutors “will absolutely help you if you show an interest”.

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“Most feedback is very helpful”, but you’ll have to take a more proactive approach to get it. Lecturers are “willing to give more, if asked”. So take advantage of the law school’s open door policy.

The careers service is “more general than law based”. That said, it’s “good for interview / CV advice”. Beyond a legal advice centre, LJMU has a specific wills and administration clinic, as well as a family drop-in centre There’s also a ‘Solicitor Mentor Scheme’, which pairs students with solicitors and gives them the opportunity to do work experience in their legal area of interest. However, an insider advises that “you need to rely on yourself most” and be proactive in order to secure these opportunities.

With £1.5 million in investment, new social spaces are being built across LJMU’s three campuses and 44 buildings. Open to GDL students and filled with plug sockets, the new facilities are an alternative to the library for ‘casual study’, and a place to go in between lectures. Described as “desirable” yet “functional”, the interiors include indoor trees, bean bags and botanical wallpaper. Sounds like a spot of zen amidst the GDL stress.

It’s worth noting that Liverpool has its fair share of law firms dotted around the city, including DLA Piper, DWF, Hill Dickinson and Weightmans. Overall, studying the GDL at LJMU is “Great but a lot of hard work!!”

Key Info

Full time fees £5,700
Part time fees £2,850
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 60
Part time places 60

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.