The University of Law, Manchester (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

ULaw’s Manchester campus, bang in the city centre, is encircled by a cluster of big name law firms and helpfully situated next to Nudo Sushi and Greggs. Conveniently for commuters, the bus station is also nearby. The wider area is known for its art and music scene and home to the iconic Lowry gallery.

The building itself is “really nice”. The chairs win particular praise for being “super comfy” – no doubt a necessity for those long, long hours spent in the law library. It’s also “the perfect size”. A student tells us: “We all have a great working relationship with the staff without it feeling too claustrophobic”.

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The size of the campus could be why the tutors know all their students “by name and it’s easy to find help when you need it”. Another student has said that the “tutors are generally really friendly and helpful”. And there is apparently “one stand out amazing tutor” who students talk about.

Feedback is variable. Some teachers “are willing to help” when you ask, but there’s “no automatic feedback”. So you might have to do some chasing to see where you’re going wrong on practice papers. Though you won’t be completely left out at sea as you’ll have “good materials” to keep you on track.

If you need to take some time off from the law books, then there’s “wii and table tennis tables in the canteen”, although they’re “normally hogged by the same group every lunch time”. And if GDL pressure gets too much and you need to take a break, you can go walk along the Pennines – a mountain range that is just a quick train ride away.

Scholarships

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.

The Law School In Its Own Words