• Postgraduate funding options

  • There are a range of schemes available from  a number of external organisations which offer financial support and assistance to University of Law students including the new Professional Studies Loan Scheme from Metro Bank.

    Please select from the options below to find out how you can spread the cost of your training through our instalment scheme, borrow up to £25,000 via the Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan Scheme for Legal Studies exclusively available for University of Law students or to find out more about our postgraduate scholarship schemes. We’ve also published a wealth of information on other external organisations that may be able to help you fund your course.


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      Introducing the new Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies exclusively available for University of Law students
      Borrow up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living expenses; no need to repay until six months after you finish your final course

      The Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies is available for GDL, LLM LPC and BPTC courses at any of our centres and for full-time, part-time and i-StudyLaw University of Law students who meet Metro Bank’s eligibility criteria.

      You could borrow between £1,000 and £25,000 and only have to start paying it back six months after you complete your study with us (providing you do not take a study gap* between any courses or switch from full time to part time course mid term). For example, if you study our GDL and go on immediately to study the LLM LPC or BPTC with us, there’s no need to commence repayments of your GDL loan until you finish your final course. 

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      Key features of the Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies

      • Use the loan to cover all or part of your course fee (minimum £1,000, maximum £25,000)
      • Borrow up to 20% of your course fee amount to cover living expenses (subject to the total maximum loan amount of £25,000 and borrowing the full course fee amount)
      • Defer repayments until up to six months after you finish your studies with The University of Law (providing you do not take a study gap* between courses)
      • Up to five years to repay from the repayment start date
      • No early repayment charges
      • Course fees paid directly to The University of Law – no need to worry about meeting fee instalment dates
      • Living expenses paid directly to your nominated bank account
      • Interest will be added to the principal amount during the repayment holiday, including during the course


      For more information, full eligibility criteria and terms and conditions, please visit Metro Bank’s website.

      Loan Scheme FAQs

      Please note that this scheme is only available to UK passport holders.  It is not available for students whose course fees are fully due prior to 1 August 2014.

      * ‘Taking a study gap’ refers to any period of time that delays the finishing of your studies at The University of Law for example taking any time-out between or during courses, deferring or intermitting any part of the course, switching from a full-time to part-time course mid-term, or discontinuing, cancelling  or withdrawing from a course.

    • The University of Law offers a range of flexible payment options to help you pay for your full-time or part-time postgraduate course. Please see below for details of the different options on offer for your course – as well as how to apply.

      Full-time postgraduate courses
      Part-time postgraduate courses
      How to apply for the instalment payment plan




      Full-time postgraduate courses

      Pay monthly (by direct debit over the duration of your course)

      Spread the cost of your full-time study by using direct debit. So, if you are on a ten-month course, pay in ten monthly instalments. 

      • Available to students studying our full-time GDL, LLM LPC or BPTC
      • Applicable to all centres, on all full-time study modes, excluding the LLM LPC full-time accelerated – 7 month programme
      • 10 monthly payments over the duration of the course
      • £300 administration fee, which is added into your first direct debit payment
      • Not available to non-EEA students


      See below for details of how to apply for the scheme. Full terms and conditions apply.


      Pay in four instalments (over the duration of your course)


      Pay for your course in four payment instalments over the duration of your course.

      • Available to students studying for our full-time GDL, LLM LPC or BPTC
      • Applicable to all centres, on all full-time study modes, excluding the LLM LPC full-time accelerated – 7 month programme
      • Four payments over the duration of the course
      • Not available to non-EEA students

      See below for details of how to apply for the scheme. Full terms and conditions apply.

      Pay in two instalments (our standard scheme)


      Pay your fees in two convenient instalments during the first half of your course.

      • Available to students studying for our full-time GDL, LLM LPC or BPTC
      • Applicable to all centres, on all full-time study modes, including the LLM LPC full-time accelerated – 7 month programme 
      • Two payments in the first half of your course 
      • Available to non-EEA students


      See below for details of how to apply for the scheme. Full terms and conditions apply.

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      Part-time postgraduate courses

      Pay monthly (by direct debit over the duration of your course)

      Spread the cost of your training over 16 or 20 monthly payments, depending on the start date of your course - and pay via by direct debit.

      • Available to students starting our part-time GDL, LLM LPC or BPTC
      • Students due to commence year 2 of a two year course may also apply
      • Applicable to all centres, on all part-time study modes, including i-StudyLaw - supported online learning
      • 16 or 20 monthly payments over the duration of your course
      • £300 administration fee in Year 1 (the administration fee for year 2 will not exceed £300 – actual fee to be confirmed
      • The first payment is higher than in subsequent months and includes the administration fee


      See below for details of how to apply for the scheme. Full terms and conditions apply.

      Pay in four instalments (our standard scheme)

      Pay your fees in four convenient instalments over the duration of your course.

      • Available to students studying our part-time GDL, LLM LPC or BPTC 
      • Applicable to all centres, on all part-time study modes, including i-StudyLaw - supported online learning 
      • Four payments over the duration of your course

      See below for details of how to apply for the scheme. Full terms and conditions apply.

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      How to apply for the instalment payment plan
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      If you’ve already accepted your place at The University of Law, please e-mail us with your preferred instalment plan and payment method. 

      If you wish to change your instalment plan, please e-mail us.

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    • University of Law postgraduate scholarships
      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. Please read our policy on external websites.

      Professional and Career Development Loans for LPC/LLM LPC and BPTC students
      Graduate loans for GDL
      Local authority grants
      US federal loans
      Charities and grant-making trusts
      Funding for trainee solicitors
      Funding for trainee barristers
      Study bursaries for LLM students

      Professional and Career Development Loans for LPC/LLM LPC and BPTC students

      Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

      As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you. 

      For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. 

      Our learning provider identification number is: 21079

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      Graduate loans for GDL

      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. 

      Further information on graduate accounts and loans

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      Local authority grants

      Some authorities provide financial assistance. For further information, contact your local authority.

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      US federal loans

      Due to a forthcoming change in structure and status, The University of Law is no longer eligible to process US federal loans. As such, students will not be able to apply for federal loans to study at The University of Law on courses starting from 31 July 2012 onwards.

      If you do 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 a students’ credit rating. We are looking into alternative sources of funding for American students wishing to study at The University of Law, however we are not currently aware of any specific US lenders willing to provide support to students studying at The University of Law for 2012 onwards.

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      Charities and grant-making trusts

      There are numerous organisations that provide financial support to students. For further information, contact the Education Grants Advisory Service by e-mailing mailto: egas.enquiry@fwa.org.uk 

      The Graham Rushton Award for Blind and Partially Sighted Law Students

      The Graham Rushton Award is a grant of around £7,000 for which blind and partially sighted people can apply. Further information and details of how to apply

      BPTC retrospective scholarships in association with the Kalisher Scholarship Trust

      The Kalisher Scholarship Trust was set up in 1996 in memory of Michael Kalisher QC, and is a charity dedicated to offering funding to students on the Bar Professional Training Course who aspire to be criminal barristers.

      Two full scholarships will be available to University of Law BPTC students who graduate in 2012 from our London Bloomsbury centre. A further two will be available for students who graduate from our Birmingham centre in 2013.

      These scholarships apply to students who choose the Criminal Bar and fees will be reimbursed retrospectively, once the student has completed their BPTC.

      The selection criteria will be based on:

      • Intellectual ability – demonstrated by academic performance, past work, activities and other experience
      • Motivation to succeed at the Criminal Bar – including steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a barrister
      • Potential as an advocate – both in oral and written skills
      • Personal qualities – including self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and humanity
      • Financial need – candidates will be asked to supply to the interview panel, in confidence, information demonstrating financial need

      More information will soon be available from the Kalisher website at www.thekalishertrust.org 

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      Funding for trainee solicitors
      Employer sponsorship

      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.

      Law Society bursary scheme

      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 mailto: bursaryapplications@lawsociety.org.uk or visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.

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      Funding for trainee barristers
      Inns of Court scholarship

      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.

      Barristers’ chambers

      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 Bar student loan package

      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.

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      Study bursaries for LLM students

      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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