The Legal Cheek View
Home to harbours, marinas and fish markets, Plymouth has got the English seaside feel. For just £6,500, you can do the GDL at Plymouth University — one of the cheapest providers in the country. But note that if you’re planning to continue onto the LPC or BPTC, you’ll have to relocate elsewhere. Good news is that Plymouth has ties with Exeter, Bristol and Bournemouth, all of which do have LPC providers. For the BPTC, Bristol is your closest bet. Or, if you’re chasing the corporate dream, perhaps you’ll move to London.
In terms of teaching, the GDL is taught by “committed staff”. The law school has a more personalised approach to teaching the course, which is enabled by its very small intake of students. Tutors have a mix of backgrounds, and include solicitors, barristers and academics. One thing to note is that GDLers are assessed by a mix of coursework and exams in all of the core law modules, except EU law which is exam-only.
Be sure to check out what the careers service is up to. It runs a law clinic where GDLers can build on their work experience and interact with clients to boost their CVs. There’s opportunities to meet lawyers too – the law school has connections with local solicitors as well as the bar in Devon and Cornwall. The careers advisors also prepare GDLers with application form help, mock interviews and psychometric tests – the bane of any applicant’s life.