The Legal Cheek View
With Birmingham just a 30-minute tram ride away, Wolverhampton is in the heart of the West Midlands. The university’s GDL course itself is popular with students, some of whom label it “excellent”. As lecturers are “experienced lawyers”, students say they make their classes “fascinating” and “entertaining”. Tutors are also pretty supportive: they “made themselves available whenever”. Some even “gave out their personal mobile numbers before exams so we could ring them if there was a last minute panic”.
The careers service is also handy. “We were given assistance in making contacts in the legal world, preparing CVs, and tips on interview technique to try and secure a training contact”. You can get involved in trips to the Inns of Court and Houses of Parliament as well as career talks with local law firms. The law school has also partnered up with international outfit DWF to create a mentoring scheme for its students. You get to visit the DWF offices and one-to-one time with a lawyer to have a careers chat. While this isn’t a direct springboard to a training contract, the exposure to a commercial law firm could help you get recruited later on.