Staffordshire University (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

The GDL at Staffordshire University is delivered at its modern Stoke-on-Trent campus. Close to Manchester and Birmingham, and only a one and a half hour train ride to London, Stoke-on-Trent has great transport links to major legal hubs in the country. The GDL classes are split between workshops and lectures, and can be “quite small”.

A unique feature of studying the GDL at this law school is that you’ll get a guaranteed place on its mentoring scheme. The scheme provides Staffs students with work experience at a regional law firm. The careers service also hosts a networking event to bring together students and recruiters from a broad set of industries.

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There is also a student-led law society that organises careers events and invites guest speakers who encourage students to “take their first steps into the legal world”. Fundraising initiatives are also on the menu — charity work is always a useful experience to have. As well as debating competitions, trips include visits to prisons and the courts.

The law society says that it’s currently “working with local law firms to create work experience placements exclusively for Staffs uni students!” This will save you a lot of work leaving you more time for GDL revision. And if you make it to the end, you can go to the law society’s end of year ball.

To take a break, Staffs students head over to Hanley Park. A short walk away, the 63 acres of parkland also has a lake by which you can find some zen. Considering how intensive the speedy GDL is, you’ll probably need it.

Key Info

Full time fees £6,000
Part time fees £3,000
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 40
Part time places 20

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.