The University of Law, Birmingham (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Located on the edge of the hip Jewellery Quarter, a leisurely 20 minute walk from the city centre, ULaw Birmingham is a nice bridge between undergraduate life and the working world.

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city, while still being a lot cheaper than London. So ULaw GDLers get to enjoy a student-friendly scene. That’s said, it’s unlikely you’ll have much free time beyond the law books once you start the GDL grind, which essentially “crams a law degree into nine months”.

It’s worth noting that the Birmingham location is home to a large concentration of law firms. Among them are Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, and Eversheds Sutherland, all of which have major offices in the city. If you’re thinking of securing a training contract at a leading law firm, then you don’t have to come to London to find one. Indeed, a student has recommended the Birmingham campus for its “close connection to local and national firms”, while others tell us that the careers service is “excellent”.

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Teaching on the ULaw Birmingham GDL is generally of a high standard. The “experienced” tutors are “very motivating and helpful” — no doubt crucial when you’re wading through hell for half a year. The “classroom layout”, white boards and “workshop experience” also help, and students say that they’re “a great way to learn”. As the Birmingham centre has two libraries, it’s more likely you’ll find a seat during peak times. But beware the “overpriced” canteen.

A quick tip for Birmingham GDL students: for £15, you can sign up to the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society as a student member, and brush shoulders with trainees, newly qualified solicitors and paralegals. The society organises networking opportunities that range from social to sporting events. We all know how important contacts can be when you’re trying to get your foot into the legal profession, so this could be a smart way to be part of a local legal community.


Law First Scholarship

Scholarship value £3,000
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or a distinction at masters level; 50 awards are available

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award

Scholarship value £1,000
Application info Students must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less and obtain a minimum of a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent); over 100 awards are available

Choose Law Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info Available for courses starting in September 2020 and January 2021

Career Changer Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee and partial-fee
Application info To support those whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19 and want to re-train in a career in law, ULaw is offering up to 10 full-fee and 300 partial-fee scholarships (worth up to £2,000)

Charles Russell Speechlys Award

Scholarship value £5,000
Application info Students will be required to take part in an online assessment. Successful applicants will then be shortlisted for interview

Set for Success Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Application info To be eligible for this award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree, or international equivalent. Students who are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for the runner up award, worth £2,000

Key Info

Full time fees £9,700
Part time fees £4,850
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places Undisclosed

ULaw offers a total of 2,280 GDL places, full and part-time, across its centres nationally; part-time fees are per year.

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