• Gold Awards scheme extended for College of Law students starting in January 2013

  • 18 October 2012

  • An awards scheme offering academically gifted law students financial support of up to £3,000 is being extended to students beginning their studies at The College of Law in January 2013.

    The Gold Awards are open to students with a First Class Honours undergraduate degree in any subject or a distinction at Masters level, who want to enter the legal profession by undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the College.

    The scheme, designed to attract top class, non-law students to the legal profession, was first launched in July 2012 with the announcement of 60 awards to help students with the cost of tuition fees. Now, due to its popularity and high level of applications, the College is extending the scheme by giving students starting the GDL in January 2013 the chance to compete for one of 30 awards.

    The GDL gives non-law graduates an entry route into the profession and the College’s programme offers practical learning alongside academic study delivered by qualified, practice-experienced lawyers. It was created in association with leading law firms and focuses on equipping students with the professional skills they need for their career in law.

    From 2013 the College, the largest provider of professional legal education and training in Europe, is running a January-start full-time GDL at its centres in Birmingham, Chester, London Moorgate and York in addition to the programmes starting in September across all eight centres.

    The Gold Awards are open to students accepting a place by November 30 and are aimed at students without sponsorship from a law firm or barristers chambers although part-sponsored students will be considered. Successful applicants will receive £2,000 towards their tuition fees. If they then go on to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for aspiring solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for would-be barristers at the College they will receive a further £1,000 towards their LPC or BPTC fees provided that they are still unsponsored.

    Sarah Hutchinson, Board Member for Business Development at The College of Law, said: “The Gold Award scheme is designed to make a career in the law accessible to the most talented graduates.  It proved so popular and attracted such a large number of applications when first announced in July that we decided to make more awards available for those students starting their GDL in January. Non-law students bring a wide range of skills and experience into the legal profession and are particularly valued by our law firm clients.

    Eligible students should email gdlgoldaward@lawcol.co.uk for information on how to apply. They will be required to submit a statement setting out what winning the award would mean to them and how it would help them attain their ambition of a career in law. All entries must be received by December 7. For more information please see GDL Gold Awards.

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)