The PGDL is an intensive course designed to give non-law graduates the skills and knowledge they need for a legal career. It’s a significant investment in your future, so make sure you do your research.
Entry requirements vary between institutions, but a 2:2 degree is generally expected. Most PGDL providers offer a range of scholarships, and it is worth applying early in your final year as the deadlines are tight. Other ways to fund your PGDL include working part time, applying for law-related work experience, volunteering and mooting. Alternatively, specialist student loans such as Lendwise and Future Finance can provide flexible loans for university between PS2,000-PS40,000.
Choosing the right institution is important as the reputation of your provider can be a factor in your future job prospects and career opportunities. In general, PGDL providers with strong links to the profession are best placed to support your future career.
The PGDL is often more intense than an undergraduate law degree. You will need to be highly disciplined and study hard to achieve your goals. It’s also a good idea to find friends who are also studying the PGDL, as nobody can do this alone and you will be better off sharing notes and exam revision guides. Most PGDL providers will have extra-curricular activities for students, which can be helpful in building social and professional networks. These can include pro bono projects, sports clubs and membership of law-related organisations such as ELSA or the Bar Society. PGDL