If you can picture yourself doing your exam revision in a royal park complete with deer and lush study spots under giant oak trees, then you should head to Roehampton University. Situated on the outskirts of Richmond Park, it is one of the more scenic campus grounds in London.
There is a price to be paid for this idyll which is that, unlike other GDL providers, which generally teach the seven core law modules across the year, at Roehampton they like you to squeeze in one more. An objective of the ‘bonus’ Legal Practice Module is to introduce wannabe lawyers “to the economics and financial side of practice”.
While vocational training is traditionally associated with the LPC, Roehampton make a point of angling their GDL teaching towards “practice-based learning”. Hence, the Legal Practice Module.
But this is refreshing for a GDL course which is so often just designed to get students from A to B. While this means you may have to do more cramming on an already intensive course, it could put you one step ahead of the game when applying for training contracts and pupillages.
Worryingly, Roehampton’s five-floor library is open 24 hours a day during exam time. It also seats 500 (exhausted?) students (not just law students, obv). It includes a café, which is a big tick for GDL students needing regular coffee refueling. A bigger, shinier library is opening in September 2017 with capacity for a whopping 1,200 students and you’ll even be able to adjust the height of your desk!
Roehampton is a big of a trek for those seeking the bright lights of the West End or Shoreditch (nor should it be confused with the posh Roehampton country club in Wandsworth) but at a competitive £7,500, the GDL at Roehampton could be a very green and pleasant place to spend a year.