The University of Law, Bristol (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

ULaw Bristol is situated in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, which is the commercial heartland of the city. The campus is flanked by law firms and is in close proximity to the likes of Burges Salmon, Osborne Clarke, RPC, Bond Dickinson and Simmons & Simmons.

There is also a Starbucks nearby. Which is fortunate, because if you are a student who needs regular coffee breaks to pass the GDL in one piece, you may need to refuel elsewhere, as the campus coffee is apparently “terrible”.

However, the GDL itself seems to do its job: “Overall it got me a training contract so I’m happy,” one recent graduate tells us.

ULaw’s close connections with the profession is a major selling point. The careers service at the Bristol campus is highly rated. A Bristol GDLer explains: “They organised a lot of good events and talks. The ULaw Jobs Fair eventually led to me securing a training contract so I can’t complain”.

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Career events are probably better than the socials: “The university itself doesn’t provide that many social events”. Despite this, “I did make a lot of good friends,” one student tells us. You can always tap into the wider Bristol student nightlife, which has a very specific character. You will of course have to pay the Lizard Lounge a visit at least once, and perhaps try their £1 toffee shots.

But you’ll probably be spending more time with law books than with friends. As you’d expect at most institutions, “the tutors are a real mixed bag”, though many “are excellent and really use their experience of practice to enrich their teaching”. Their “feedback was good” but only “when you could read it!”

“Good” course materials help students swallow the mountain of knowledge their required to learn during a busy year. And you’ll be relieved to know that unlike at some GDL providers, the “exams are spread throughout the year, which is nice”.


Charles Russell Speechlys Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000
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
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
Application info Available for courses starting in January 2020

Key Info

Full time fees £9,350
Part time fees £4,675
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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