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.

Scholarships

Charles Russell Speechlys Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000
Applications close 14/08/2019
Application info Applicants must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less and not received a training contract offer

Law First Scholarship

Scholarship value £3,000
Applications close 19/08/2019
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; ten awards are available

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award

Scholarship value £1,000-£3,000
Application info Students must be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less; up to 55 awards are available

Choose Law Scholarship

Scholarship value Full-fee
Applications close 28/11/2019
Application info Available for courses starting in January 2020

Key Info

Full time fees £9,120
Part time fees £4,560
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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