The University of Law, Chester (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

You may think that Chester feels familiar, if you’ve ever watched Hollyoaks. But in fact, the city’s foundations are Roman. And that’s way before Hollyoaks’ time.

Within one of the best-preserved walled cities in Britain, you can do your GDL at The University of Law, Chester. ULaw’s Chester campus is currently based in Christleton, a small village on the outskirts of Chester’s city centre, on 14 acres of “beautiful parkland”. Students have described it as “lovely”. Though it is worth mentioning that the campus is moving in September 2018 into the city centre, though no definitive site has yet been announced.

Our GDL spies tell us that the teachers at ULaw Chester are “approachable”. Students also say that the campus has “great, friendly and supportive staff”. The class sizes are relatively much smaller, so there’s more focus on the students and doesn’t feel as impersonal as some of the larger GDL providers do. GDLers also recommend the “good careers centre” and “great facilities”, which made a difference to their study experience. Remember to “use the careers and pro bono service!!!!!” another adds.

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If you’re worried that it’ll be harder to gain exposure to law firms and chambers in Chester, note that larger cities, such as Liverpool and Manchester are close by. Firms such as Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons all have offices in Manchester.

One student moans about the “zero social life”, which seems a bit harsh. Chester isn’t the biggest of cities, and it can be very quiet, but it’s not short of students, especially as the University of Chester is nearby – and will be even nearer once ULaw moves to the city centre in 2018. Before then, the Chester campus has its own list of organised social events that GDLers can put in their diaries. Expect a Christmas ball, parties on the River Dee, and various sports teams including snow sports. For any (good and bad) singers out there, ULaw Chester also has its very own choir.

Scholarships

Choose Law Full-Fee Scholarship

Scholarship value £8,530

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award

Scholarship value £3,000

The Rice-Jones Scholarship

Scholarship value £1,000

Key Info

Full time fees £8,530
Part time fees £4,265
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.

The Law School In Its Own Words