‘Law First’ to give highest achieving students a head start in their legal careers
The University of Law has today announced its new ‘Law First’ scholarship scheme for the 2014/15 academic year, which will provide 74 awards worth a total of £300,000 to the most academically gifted undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The programme will offer financial assistance of between £1,500 and £5,000 to the most committed and able law students, irrespective of background or personal circumstances, giving the most talented and high achieving future lawyers a chance to shine.
The new scheme means that the University (ULaw) is now offering a total of 95 scholarships worth nearly £400,000 in 2014, more than ever before.
Twenty ‘Law First’ scholarships are available for ULaw’s professional undergraduate LL.B law degrees, 24 for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), ten for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for future barristers and 20 for the LL.M Legal Practice Course (LL.M LPC) for future solicitors.
Professor Nigel Savage, President of The University of Law, said: “These prestigious awards have been created in order to attract the most academically gifted students to the legal profession by giving them a helping hand with their fees. The UK legal services sector makes a significant contribution to the success of ‘UK plc’, contributing more than £26.8bn to the UK economy annually1, and is a great success story in the context of the UK’s impact within global commerce. It is vital that top class students are continually entering the profession to secure the sector’s future growth.”
The ‘Law First’ LL.B scholarships offer awards of £1,500 towards the first year fee for courses starting in September 2014. To be eligible students must obtain a minimum of AAA at A-Level (or equivalent) and make The University of Law their Firm Choice by Monday, 30 June 2014.
To be in the running for the GDL, LL.M LPC and BPTC ‘Law First’ awards, students must achieve either a First Class Honours degree, a Distinction at Master’s level or, in the case of the LL.M LPC and BPTC awards, a Distinction on the GDL. They must also accept a place on a ULaw course starting in September 2014 by 30 June, 2014.
Winners of the GDL scholarships will receive a £3,000 award towards the GDL course fee plus a further £2,000 award offset against either a University of Law LL.M LPC or BPTC. Successful entrants for the LL.M LPC and BPTC scholarships will receive £5,000 towards the cost of fees.
The closing date for applications for both undergraduate and postgraduate ‘Law First’ scholarships is 30 June, 2014. Eligible students will be required to undertake an online skills assessment during July 2014, similar to the skills assessment tools used by many legal employers during their graduate recruitment processes. The top scorers in each category will win the awards.
The ‘Law First’ scholarship scheme is in addition to the already-announced ‘Innovation in Law’ LL.B scholarship programme run by The University of Law and The Sunday Times newspaper, which offers aspiring lawyers the chance to win one of eleven £6,000 law degree scholarships and up to 26 work experience placements with leading law firms.
A ‘GDL Gold Award’ scheme is also available for academically gifted students keen to study ULaw’s GDL starting in January 2014. A minimum of 10 awards are on offer, each worth £3,000 towards course fees, and are based on academic achievement.
For more information about all of The University of Law’s scholarship schemes go to: www.law.ac.uk/about/law-first-scholarships
Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1‘The Legal Services Industry, Part 1 – an overview’ – published by The Law Society, January 18, 2013