What’s Distinctive about the Swansea GDL?

Pro Bono & Mooting

Opportunities for Pro-Bono and Mooting

Strong Links with the Legal Profession

The College of Law benefits from excellent local and national links with the legal profession. This is achieved by virtue of the Pro Bono mooting opportunities offered and lectures given by visiting lawyers from both the public and private sectors.

Teaching Environment

Students benefit from:

Small Class Sizes

First Class Environment

Competitive Fees

Face to face lectures and seminars

Opportunity for work experience /placements

Students are given the opportunity to attend classes and present work for assessment through the medium of Welsh, should they so wish. It is anticipated that the use of Welsh will increase in the courts in the future but, for this to occur, there will be a need for lawyers who are not only fluent in the language but fully acquainted with its legal terminology.

Continuity of Study

Swansea College of Law also offers a Legal Practice Course (LPC) which allows students who have completed their GDL in the School to move seamlessly on to the vocational stage of their studies. Swansea GDL students also benefit from reduced fees and are afforded priority in the allocation of places on the LPC.

The Opportunity to Learn through a supervised Research Project

The GDL Programme has been applauded for its legal research module, in particular the practice of guiding students to research a devolution-related topic. This has been highlighted as being not only an excellent way of raising awareness of the devolution settlement in Wales but also due to the positive impact that such study is likely to have on students in their future legal careers.

Swansea: The Area

Swansea Bay

Swansea University is located near the beach in an area which was the first in the UK to be designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The College of Law is located at the heart of the Swansea campus which is set in parkland on the sweep of Swansea Bay.  Within walking distance is Swansea – a modern, cosmopolitan city with a maritime feel which is home to a thriving shopping district, café quarter and numerous art galleries, theatres and cinemas.

To the west of campus is the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Beauty, boasting 19 miles of dramatic and picturesque coastline, award-winning beaches and some of the UK’s best surfing beaches.  

Keen sportsmen and women will find themselves well catered for at Swansea:  The University’s £20 million Sports Village comprises an Olympic pool, state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor athletics facilities, and a wide selection of sports courts and pitches. The University attracts a number of elite athletes with current and former students representing their country in international sports and at the Commonwealth and Olympic games.   Swansea also has a Premiership football team.

Wherever you come from, you’ll find the University well served by road links and public transport: The M4 motorway provides easy access to the UK’s major cities and there are direct rail links to London and Manchester. Cardiff is under an hour away by train, and London’s Heathrow airport just three hours away. 

Swansea: ‘Wales’ Best Student Experience’

Wind Street, Swansea

The College of Law at Swansea University has been voted the top Law School in Wales in a student satisfaction survey run by IPSOS-MORI. The National Students Survey provides comprehensive comparative data, compiled on an annual basis, on the student experience across the majority of UK higher education institutions, allowing Swansea University’s performance to be benchmarked.  The University has also won the Times Higher Educational Award for the Best Student Experience in the UK, an award voted for by students, who are polled on facilities, prospects, social life, and course satisfaction at their universities. The President of Swansea University Students' Union summed up studying at Swansea by saying "With its excellent location and unforgettable annual events, social societies and sports clubs, studying at Swansea has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life."