The College of Law in York is now inviting applications from law students for the annual Tracy Kaye/Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP Memorial Bursary, which helps towards tuition fees for the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
The £1,500 award is open to students, who have accepted a place on the LPC at the York centre and can show that their financial position would make it difficult to further their legal studies without it.
The successful candidate will also be offered one week's work experience at the Leeds office of leading law firm Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP (BLM) before starting the LPC. All those intending to become solicitors must pass the LPC before proceeding to the next stage of practice.
BLM launched the bursary last year in memory of their colleague Tracy Kaye, who lived in York and was a dedicated member of the firm’s Leeds office, specialising in personal injury litigation, before her death in 2006.
The firm advises a broad range of insurance and commercial clients and has 130 partners and more than 1,100 staff. It operates from branches in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Southampton and Stockton-on-Tees.
Chris Coughlin, Senior Partner of BLM Leeds, said: “We are delighted to work with The College of Law in offering this bursary to a prospective LPC student in memory of our colleague, Tracy Kaye. It is important that talented students are recognised and rewarded for their efforts and we look forward to meeting the candidates.”
Chris Coughlin, Senior Partner of BLM Leeds Criteria for the award include an ability to demonstrate commitment to a career as a solicitor and to helping others through charity or pro bono work plus skills in a non-academic competitive environment. An interest in pursuing contentious legal practice is also desirable.
The winner of last year’s inaugural bursary was Durham University law graduate Carla Walker from Cleveland.
Paul Aber, Director of The College of Law in York, said: “This bursary gives talented and committed students, who may otherwise find it difficult to continue their studies, the chance to take the first step towards a career in the legal profession and we are once again delighted that Berrymans Lace Mawer is able to provide it.”
The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York and a new centre opening in Bristol in September.