As The College of Law gears up for the launch of its new LL.B undergraduate law degree next month the winners of its ten LL.B scholarships have today been announced.
The academic attainment of the winners is high with those who took A-levels achieving an average UCAS point score of 395 – the equivalent of the grades A*AA and equalling the average score of students accepted to the Russell Group elite universities.
The scholarships help towards tuition fees for the College’s two-year degree and entrants were asked to submit a presentation on the subject ‘Why the world needs lawyers’ outlining their ideas about the role of lawyers in modern society.
Two of the awards were sponsored by major law firms, the Manchester-based law firm Pannone and City law firm Dechert. The Pannone College of Law LL.B Scholarship was open to students undertaking their degree at the College’s Chester centre and includes £3,000 towards the £9,000 tuition fees in each year of the course plus a week of work experience with Pannone. It was won by Carl Gallagher, aged 18 from Mold, North Wales.
The Dechert College of Law LL.B Scholarship was won by Isabella Sharpley, aged 19 from Poole in Dorset, and provides £3,000 towards the first year fee and a week of work experience at the firm’s London office. The remaining eight scholarships provide £3,000 towards first year fees.
The College’s LL.B is the first of its kind, grounded on practice-based learning and focusing on employability and the teaching of professional legal skills. It will run at the College’s Birmingham, Chester, Guildford and London Bloomsbury centres in 2012 before expanding to the Bristol and York centres in 2013.
Sarah Hutchinson, Board Member for Business Development at the College, said: “We were very impressed by the quality of the scholarship entries, the vast amount of thought that the students obviously put into developing their ideas and the commitment they showed to the legal profession. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to welcoming them to the College in September."
Entries were in a wide range of formats from traditional essays to videos and Powerpoint presentations. Dechert Scholarship winner Isabella Sharpley submitted a polystyrene and paper model of a barrister’s head with her answers to the ‘Why the world needs lawyers’ question written on the paper curls of its wig. Another winner Marta Sassenhagen, aged 20 from Hampstead in London, submitted her answer in the form of a poem based on an Old Bailey murder trial that she witnessed while on work experience at a barristers’ chambers.
Full list of LL.B scholarship winners:
Places are still available on the College’s LL.B in September 2012 through clearing. For more information students should call 0800 0680053 or visit the ‘How to apply’ section of the College’s clearing website: www.college-of-law.co.uk/LL-B-Clearing/How-to-apply/
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)