University of Wolverhampton (GDL)

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.

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If you don’t get a place on the mentoring scheme, try out the uni’s Legal Advice Centre. Students can work on contract disputes, negligence claims, employment cases and even business law issues. There’s also work placements at the County Court up for grabs.

Alternatively, get involved in the Law Student Representation Unit. The project gives law students the chance to represent appellants at tribunal hearings over benefit disputes: “I have even had very good feedback from some Tribunal Judges regarding my written appeal submissions,” one tells us. All in all, Wolverhampton provides plenty of opportunities for GDL students to start building their client confidence.

Wolverhampton itself has its own quirks. The main high street is the place to be. Filled with buskers, tambourine players and violinists, there’s always music in the air. It also has a resident doughnut man, beloved of students and locals alike. The same street also hosts a colourful German market at Christmas time. The best student haunt though is the Royal London pub. Located opposite the university, it has a games room and puts on disco nights. Between 7pm and 3am on Tuesdays, nearly all the drinks are £1.

Key Info

Full time fees £7,600
Part time fees £3,800
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places Undisclosed
Part time places Undisclosed

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.