The University of Law, London Bloomsbury (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

The University of Law is the largest law-only university in the UK, with eight centres, two of which are in London. London Bloomsbury, the law school’s oldest foothold in the capital, is located a few streets away from Tottenham Court Road on a leafy road that runs in the other direction towards the University of London’s Birkbeck campus and the British museum.

Formerly the College of Law, ULaw is known for having some of the better teaching around, with all tutors qualified solicitors, barristers and judges. Students tell us that the course is “expensive, but very good”. Another highlights the teaching in Tort, Land and Contract as “particularly good”. The quality of feedback, meanwhile, is “mixed” and depends on the lecturer – so make sure you’re keeping up with the course material. The materials themselves are “decent”, but “you’d expect so for the fees”.

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A ULaw strength is its links with the profession, and many GDLers studying there seek to use it as a jumping off point to City training contracts. The law school has exclusive legal education deals with, among others, magic circle firm Linklaters and City giant Pinsent Masons, but note that those firms’ future trainees will usually be based at the Moorgate campus across town.

At Bloomsbury the focus is on helping GDL students without training contracts secure one before the end of the course. A well-regarded careers service does this by putting on regular events, often involving ULaw-linked City law firms, which recent graduates tell us were “generally good” and helpful”.

With the challenge of processing vast amount of legal knowledge, and applying for jobs, don’t expect too much of a social life. Still, there are fairly frequent get togethers at the nearby College Arms pub on a Friday afternoon where ULaw GDLers can be found easing their pain over a few drinks.

Scholarships

Charles Russell Speechlys Scholarship

Scholarship value £5,000
Applications close 14/08/2019
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
Applications close 19/08/2019
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
Applications close 28/11/2019
Application info Available for courses starting in January 2020

Key Info

Full time fees £11,270
Part time fees £5,635
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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