If you’re bright, ambitious and want a career in law, but a lack of funding is standing in your way, a range of postgraduate funding options offering financial support and assistance are available to enable you to realise your career aspirations:
*Online LLM students may only be eligible if they complete their studies over a two year period.^We have applied for designation for Reading from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support.
This page gives details of a wide range of study loans available to University of Law postgraduate students – as well as useful contacts and links to relevant external websites. Please read our policy on external websites.
For 2017/18 academic year, every area of the UK is offering a Postgraduate loan support by the government to assist towards the cost of a higher education course. You need to apply to the region you reside in and each region will offer slightly different support.
Student Finance England
Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales .
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance Wales are launching a new Postgraduate Loan product for September 2017. The Welsh Government are currently deciding on the eligibility criteria for these loans, particularly for Private institutions like the University of Law. We are currently working with the Welsh Government to have access to this specific support for a student attending The University of Law. Please refer back to this website as we will keep you updated when we have more news.
Student Finance Northern Ireland and Student Finance Scotland (SAAS)
Both these governments have decided that they will provide postgraduate loans to students attending a Private institution like the University of Law for 2017/18. As a result no postgraduate loan support will be secured from these regions to attend the University of Law.
Students from these regions are advised to research alternative lending options such as Future Finance, Career Development Loans or looking to secure funding from your own personal bank.
How to apply to Student Finance England
Students with an offer can submit an application online up to four months prior to course start.
The University of Law will be required to verify your attendance on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have undergone registration and provided the University with your individual Student Support Number as issued by the SLC. The funding will not be released prior to your course start date.
Loan Funds will be released directly to you. You will be responsible for making any payments towards tuition yourself. If you opt to use this loan for your tuition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm this intention, the value of the loan applied for and the payment dates. The University of Law can then adapt your tuition fee payment plan to take these payment dates into account.
Future Finance is the UK's largest private student lender and the best source of funding for your education after Government loans.
About Future Finance loans
How to apply
Students with an offer can submit an application online up to six months prior to course start, and apply for a loan for living costs before or during your studies
You can get started by submitting an application via the Future Finance website to see if you're eligible
The University of Law will be required to verify your attendance on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have attended registration at The University of Law
Any loan funds requested for tuition will be released directly to The University of Law to be applied towards your tuition and loans for living costs will be paid directly to you.
Please note if you are attending the accelerated version of the LPC course, this course has been registered for a PCDL loan but the title you should complete on your application form is LPC FT - not adding the accelerated reference. If you are studying one of our postgraduate courses we will be newly running in September 2017 such as the BPTC LLM course, you will not be eligible for this loan as the course must have been running for one academic year to qualify for this loan. All forms for certification must be signed by a member of the centre finance team after you have started your course. You can either take the forms to a drop-in or send to us by post. Students in receipt of a PCDL must provide the centre with a payment schedule or Stage Funding document confirming the fee loan payment dates to the University to allow us to update your fee account with the relevant details.
Graduate loans are available from the majority of high street banks. You may apply to borrow from £1,000 up to £15,000. Loans are subject to status and assessment.
Contact your bank for more information of any support they can provide
The University of Law is a private institution and due to our structure, we do not meet the criteria for US students to secure federal loans.
If you require funding to assist in covering your costs at The University of Law, you may wish to approach lenders regarding any private loans, which are offered at more commercial rates of interest and would be affected by your credit rating.
Canadian Nationals will be able to apply for support in the form or loans and/or grants through the Canadian provinces. The University of Law is currently eligible for support through this system.
Please bring all copies of any paperwork that require certification into the Student Services team at your centre or e-mail copies to our central Student Funding team: email@example.com.
The University of Law offers a range of flexible payment options to help you pay for your postgraduate course. We give you peace of mind by spreading out the tuition fee payments and arrange payments by direct debit.
Fees and instalment schedules for our postgraduate courses
If you’ve already accepted your place at The University of Law, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred instalment plan and payment method. If you wish to change your instalment plan, please e-mail email@example.com
Our postgraduate scholarships are part of the UK’s largest University law scholarships, awards and bursaries fund. With £600,000 available to 2017/18 courses we’re giving 100% support to our students and enabling them to achieve their ambitions, whatever their background.
For more information on scholarships available exclusively to University of Law postgraduate students, please visit our postgraduate scholarships page.
This page gives details of a wide range of funding options available to postgraduate law students – as well as useful contacts and links to relevant external websites.
Some authorities provide financial assistance. For further information, contact your local authority.
There are numerous organisations that provide financial support to students. For further information, contact the Education Grants Advisory Service by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Some law firms and other employers sponsor their trainees, paying course fees and living expenses. For further information see The Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook or visit www.lawcareers.net. Some firms also offer part-time study training contracts (PTS TC) combining part-time study (GDL and/or LPC) with full-time work, half of which can be counted towards the two years required to complete a training contract. For further information visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
If you have no other funding, you may be able to get a bursary from the Law Society. Applications must be made by April of the year you start your course. For further information call 0870 606 2555, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
Partial funding is available from the Inns of Court for qualifying pupils, GDL or BPTC students. For more information, visit the website of your chosen Inn.
All chambers should award a minimum grant of £12,000 over a one-year pupillage. For further information, see The Pupillages Handbook available from the Bar Standards Board website.
HSBC has withdrawn the Bar loans scheme. The Bar Council is in the process of trying to establish a similar scheme with an alternative bank.
Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering two Global LLM Study Bursaries, each to the value of £500. They are open to both international and UK students, and aim to help students fund their chosen Master of Laws programme.
Further information and details of how to apply
Further information on funding postgraduate study
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