The University of Law, Chester (GDL)

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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 the summer of 2021 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 2021. 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.


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 £5,000
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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