Rachel did the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at BPP University Law School after becoming hooked on criminal law during her undergraduate criminology degree

Why did you choose to study at BPP?

I chose BPP Law School in Leeds because I felt that the institution understood my aims and wishes, and would provide all of the tools, contacts and encouragement that I needed to fulfil them.

Tell us about the course...

It's commonly said that the GDL is very hard, and that students find it a shock after undergraduate study. For the first few months, I wondered what all the fuss was about.

Then the exam season started looming, and I finally realised what people had meant. However, I managed to keep on top of everything by treating the GDL as a full-time job - and all of my exams went smoothly. The tutors were amazing and made the experience as easy as possible.

What is the best bit about studying the GDL?

Learning what I'm capable of. After doing A-levels and my undergraduate degree, I thought that I'd had enough of studying. However, I now just want to keep learning. The GDL has improved my confidence, perseverance and attitude to work, while I've also made great friends and contacts within the legal profession.

What advice would you give to other students considering the GDL?

It takes commitment and genuine interest throughout. You should also start networking and getting work experience early. I didn't realise how important these two aspects were in securing a job, so doing as much as you can without stretching yourself too thinly is invaluable.

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