Lindsay Pugh

Graduate Diploma in Law

Lindsay Pugh

The course is structured around a learning model that involves having introductory lectures on each topic

I completed an undergraduate degree in Modern History and Politics at Oxford, and I wanted to remain in Oxford for an extra year. I knew a number of people who had moved from Oxford University to study the GDL at Brookes the previous year and had heard positive comments about the course from them.

I completed an undergraduate degree in Modern History and Politics at Oxford, and I wanted to remain in Oxford for an extra year.

I knew a number of people who had moved from Oxford University to study the GDL at Brookes the previous year and had heard positive comments about the course from them.

I think the structure of the course is very well thought out. GDL students have to digest a very large amount of information in a relatively short period, and so it’s important to use the time we do have constructively.

The course is structured around a learning model that involves having introductory lectures on each topic, followed by a week of no contact in which to carry out additional reading, and finally a seminar to consolidate the information. I have found the modular exam system better than having all the exams at the same time in the summer – I would be more than a little depressed right now if I was facing another three exams on top of those I have!

Course Director Shirley Shipman has been excellent as both a seminar leader and a course administrator, dedicating a lot of time to supporting students and addressing any concerns. Also, I’m a big fan of Brookes Virtual as a learning tool; I didn’t have access to a similar facility at undergraduate level but I think it makes life for students a lot easier.

After four years here, Oxford feels like home. I love it for its size, which is large enough for there to be plenty to do and see, but small enough for you to get to know the city intimately in a relatively short time period. And of course it’s beautiful, particularly in summer.

I’ll be graduating from the GDL in September and starting the LPC at BPP London in the same month. I’m then taking six months off, during which I hope to hike from John O’Groats to Land’s End, before starting my training contract at Freshfields.