• College of Law launches scholarships for BPTC students

  • 4 January 2012

  • Aspiring barristers planning to study at The College of Law can now apply for two new scholarships to help with their fees.

    The College of Law has launched awards for students undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) starting in autumn 2012.

    One full scholarship is available to cover the entire course fees of the full-time programme and the winner can study at either the College’s London Bloomsbury or Birmingham centre. In addition one runner-up will receive a £2,000 scholarship towards the cost of their fees.

    This follows the College’s recent launch of scholarships for the full-time Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course postgraduate programmes, as well as for its new undergraduate LL.B law degree, which starts in September.

    Professor Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “It is in the interests of the legal profession and the application of justice in this country that the Bar is open to all and reflects the diversity of the community that it serves. Our new BPTC scholarships will help to make a career as a barrister more accessible to the most ambitious and talented students."

    To apply for the scheme students must have accepted a place on the full-time programme by March 20, 2012 at either the Bloomsbury or Birmingham centre. They need to submit an essay, short video or other form of digital presentation by March 27, 2012 on the subject: ‘The modern Bar: diverse and open to all?  Discuss’. 

    The kind of issues and questions that students are asked to address include:

    • the 35 per cent decline in the number of pupillage vacancies over the last decade
    • the fact that fierce competition enables chambers to cherry-pick the very best students
    • the soaring cost of undergraduate education and whether this will further disadvantage those from less affluent backgrounds
    • whether the proposed aptitude test for the BPTC will help or hinder the diversity of those entering the profession

    All entries will be judged by a panel comprising College of Law and external legal professionals and will assess students’ ability to demonstrate a range of professional skills required of modern barristers such as communication skills, creative and analytical thinking, commercial awareness and knowledge of the subject matter.

    Further details, guidance and terms and conditions for the scholarships are available at http://www.college-of-law.co.uk/funding/.

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