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”.


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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