The University of Law, Leeds (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

If you decide to do your GDL at University of Law’s Leeds campus, you’ll have the opportunity to read your statute book on its rooftop terrace, which looks out on a stretch of the city skyline.

There’s a law firm vibe about this campus. It’s a towering, seven-storey glass-fronted building, which “replicates the corporate setting of a professional firm”. The surroundings might make you feel like a lawyer already. Perfect motivation for getting on with those training contract or pupillage applications.

No doubt the ultra-modern building blends in with the law firms in Leeds, of which there are more than 200. Being so close to this major legal hub — which is home to firms such as DLA Piper, Irwin Mitchell and Eversheds Sutherland — is a definite bonus for your career opportunities.

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Looks aren’t everything though. While one student says that the campus is “very good” for “family, social and criminal matters”, another argues that “for those of us who would watch the world burn from a commercial setting [it can be] very poor”. On the whole, student satisfaction levels are quite high.

The Leeds campus could help prepare you for the hellish GDL exams, by encouraging “mindfulness”. This year it introduced a spa-like ‘wellbeing week’. Keeping their zen levels on a high, Leeds students can participate in ‘cosmetic pampering, dog cuddling and meditation sessions’ to help them cope with deadline and exam stress.

Scholarships

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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