UEL retreats from GDL market

The University of East London has been forced to pull the plug on its the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) due to a drop in demand for places on the year-long conversion course.

Fiona Fairweather

Fiona Fairweather

Dean of the school of law, Fiona Fairweather, said in a statement: “The SRA did not withdraw authorisation to our GDL. The GDL course was run extremely successfully for two years, with high student satisfaction rating but with a small cohort of students,”

“However, we decided not to revalidate this programme after our initial validation period expired because it was no longer a viable programme for the school to offer.”

The course was offered at a competitive price for the full-time and part-time course, charging £5,130 and £2,565 respectively.

This was comparatively less to other London-based legal postgraduate institutions such as BPP Law School, the College of Law, Kaplan Law School and the City Law School, which offer £8,390 as the lowest alternative.

The news arrives following NatWest bank’s decison to withdraw its Professional Studies Loan, which was the only loan option for GDL students as the Goverment-subsidised Career Development Loan is not availble for conversion courses.