We got our results yesterday and I have passed. I am happy that I have passed but not very happy with the course as such.
I would like to give some information to people who are wanting to do this course so that people can make an informed decision. I do not suggest people should base their judgement solely on what I say but it would be good if people consider them and do their own research.
I did the 2 yr distance learning course.
Some of the facts
there were 60 people when we started. About 25 people stayed till the year 1 exams, 13 people passed.
One dropped out after the year 1 exam… reason the university lost his course work result and asked him to resubmit it for marking. He was very disappointed and left the course.
There was a lot of subjective variation in what was expected in the same subject as well between one subject to another. Some of the lecturers were completely useless. The classes and seminars with them felt like listening to a gossip.
The areas where the teaching was good were contract law, property, criminal, EU. Probably bewcause the people who taught the main part were good even though some of the lecturers who came for seminars can be pathetic.
The ones that were worse were equity, tort and public law. the main lecturers were useless. Some would impose their own rules about written work which may not exactly agree with the course work. One lecturer who came for Tort was very rude to everyone and behaved like a bully.
Public law was the worst. The lecturer was the least useful. The lady who came for seminars would talk about herself and gossip during the seminars.
I suppose this is expected in any course to have time wasters but in the 2nd year I felt there was too much of bullshitting going on.
We had our study days once every 6 weeks. Some of my batchmates used to come all the way from London. It was very disappointing to find that some of the classes would be cancelled at the last minute and this has happened more than often. The worst was the pre exam seminar, one of the lecturer forgot that she was to be in the classroom at 4 and when we waited for a while and were going home, she found some of us in the restaurant and gave some instructions there and rest had nothing.
Now coming to the consequences of doing the GDL, only two of the 10 who passed year 2 are really keen to do the LPC. Rest do not need or want to do it. Reasons - Course fee gone up tremendously. We are tired of mails from the Uni asking us to do LPC at discounts, there was once an offer of a IPAD if we join. But the fact is no ones got a training contract yet. the job situation is really bad and I do not want to throw money down the drain for something where there is no promose of a return.
I am happy it has all come to an end for myself but in future, I will not be subjecting myself to a similar ordeal. I hope the info I put her will be of some use.