The University of Law, Exeter (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Built around a country estate, the Streatham campus at the University of Exeter is said to be the “best-gardened campus in Britain”. It is in this delightful university-meets-botanical garden hybrid that ULaw delivers its GDL on the university’s grounds.

The consensus seems to be that studying the GDL here is “good if you’re already an Exeter student and carrying on as if you were a fourth year”. An insider advises prospective students to go “if you went to Exeter for your undergrad and your friends are still in Exeter”. If you don’t mind making friends from scratch, doing the GDL at ULaw Exeter gives you the advantage of being part of a larger university with a wider campus experience. For example, you’ll be to sign up to the university’s societies and sports clubs and mingle with its undergrads.

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Bear in mind that the ULaw Bristol campus is relatively close by and has close ties with Exeter. Indeed, some of the teachers actually commute from Bristol. Meanwhile, quite a few of the events promoted by the active ULaw Exeter careers service take place in Bristol. It’s also worth noting though that Exeter students have access to the facilities in the Bristol centre, which is an hour’s train ride away.

The standard of the course is what you would expect from an established provider like ULaw, with decent course materials and teaching all delivered by qualified lawyers — albeit at a price that isn’t cheap (although considerably less expensive than the London equivalent). Our spies tell us that Exeter has a couple of particularly good lecturers, who win rave reviews from students, with the teaching on tort, contract and land modules particularly recommended.


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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