Leading Manchester-based law firm Pannone has become the first to offer a scholarship to a student undertaking The College of Law’s new and innovative undergraduate LL.B law degree, which starts in September.
The successful candidate will receive £3,000 in each year of the two-year degree plus a week of valuable work experience with Pannone. The College of Law’s LL.B is a qualifying law degree run over two years and the fee is £9,000 per year (£18,000 in total).
The award is open to students accepting a place to study the LL.B at the College’s Chester centre and is in addition to the existing ten £3,000 LL.B scholarships funded by the College.
Pannone has offices in Manchester and London, around 100 partners and 300 lawyers and a diverse client base, ranging from local private individuals to large multinationals.
It already contributes to the College’s ground-breaking Pathways to Law scheme, aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession, by providing work experience to A-level students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Pannone has also chosen the College’s Manchester centre as the exclusive provider of a range of courses for its trainee solicitors including the year-long Legal Practice Course.
Andrea Cohen, training partner with Pannone said: “Fees have become a real issue for many undergraduate students and it is important to make funding available for talented individuals if they are not to be deterred from applying. It is also vital for aspiring young lawyers to gain real, hands-on work experience during their degrees. The Pannone Scholarship is designed to achieve both these aims and we have selected The College of Law’s law degree programme as the one which will generate graduates who will be more fit and ready for work in a law firm environment on graduation”.
The College’s law degree has a unique focus on boosting students’ employment prospects and vocational legal skills and, in contrast to many traditional law degrees, is grounded on practice-based learning designed to prepare students for the modern legal profession.
Tricia Chatterton, Business Development Director with The College of Law, said: “The College’s relationship with Pannone is a long standing one and it is a great sign of confidence in our new degree programme that the firm has decided to support it in this way. The College is committed to promoting diversity in legal education and the profession and this new scholarship, alongside our existing LL.B scholarship scheme, will help ambitious, talented students to achieve their goal of a successful career in the modern world of law.”
To be considered for the Pannone scholarship students need to enter through the main College scholarship scheme and the same criteria will apply.
Applicants must have accepted a place on the LL.B programme at The College of Law in Chester by July 31, 2012 to be eligible. They need to submit an essay, short-video or other form of digital presentation by July 31 on the subject: ‘Why the world needs lawyers’, giving their ideas about the role of lawyers in modern society.
All entries will be judged by a panel comprising College of Law and external legal professionals. A partner from Pannone will be on the panel to select the successful recipient of the Pannone scholarship.
Further details, guidance and terms and conditions of the LL.B scholarships
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Further information from:
Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sheryl Moore, PR Consultant, Pannone LLP on 0161 909 6688 (Sheryl.Moore@pannone.co.uk)