• Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries

    We’re committed to helping the brightest minds achieve their career ambitions, whatever their background. As a part of our ongoing dedication to giving students every possible opportunity to succeed, we have a large and generous scholarship programme, with a substantial fund available for our 2018 courses.

    If you’re a high achiever with the drive to succeed in a legal career, don’t let your circumstances or the cost of studying law put you off. We may be able to help you achieve your dreams by providing support.

    Financial contributions are available on all postgraduate courses, including some full-fee scholarships. Our scholarships are awarded based on a combination of need and merit.


    How to Apply for a Scholarship or Bursary

    You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period. For more information on calculating your household income, download our factsheet

    Register your interest using the button below and you’ll receive an email to confirm your registration and to explain the next steps of the application process.  As part of the application, you will be required to successfully complete an online assessment.

    Note, that by registering your interest below and depending on your eligibility, you could be put forward for multiple scholarships and bursaries. Successful applicants will only be eligible for one award.

    Any queries about the scholarships and bursaries available should be directed to our scholarships team via scholarships@law.ac.uk

    We wish you the best of luck.

    • We are pleased to announce two new scholarships which have been endorsed by and named for two of our most illustrious alumni.

      The Sadiq Khan and the Baroness Sayeeda Warsi Set for Success Scholarships offer full-fee scholarships to students wishing to study our GDL, MA Law or LPC in September 2018.

      If you receive an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and have a household income of £25,000 or less, we could help set you up for success.

      Entry criteria: 

      You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree or international equivalent.

      You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and  be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period.

      Personal information required: 

      • Full name
      • Name of institution studying/have studied with
      • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent)
      • Confirmation of household income

      Process:

      On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to take an online assessment and if successful, you will be required to submit a short essay on a law related topic. 

      Students who submit an essay but are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for the runner up award, worth £2,000.

      Deadlines:

      Application deadline: 5 July 2018

      Assessment deadline: 9 July 2018

      Essay deadline: 16 July 2018

      Winners notified: 24 August 2018

    • Available for courses starting in January and September 2018

      We are offering full-fee scholarships to students wishing to study our GDL or LPC in January and September 2018, giving you the opportunity to choose law.

      Entry criteria: 

      You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree or international equivalent.

      You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and  be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period.

      Personal information required: 

      • Full name
      • Name of institution studying / have studied with
      • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent)
      • Confirmation of household income

      Process: 

      On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to take an online assessment and if successful, you will be required to submit a short essay on a law related topic. 

      Students who submit an essay but are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for the runner up award, worth £2,000.

      Course start date January 2018 September 2018
      Application deadline 1 December 2017 5 July 2018 
      Assessment deadline  4 December 2017 9 July 2018
      Essay deadline 8 December 2017 16 July 2018
      Winners notified 20 December 2017 24 August 2018 


    • Available for courses starting in January and September 2018


      January 2018 start

      We are offering six awards of up to £5,000 to the brightest postgraduate students starting our GDL in January 2018.

      Please note that these awards will be made up of a £3,000 award offset against the GDL course fee and a further award of £2,000 offset against either the LPC or BPTC if you continue your studies at The University of Law. 

      Entry criteria: 

      You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period.

      To be eligible for the award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or a Distinction at Masters level. 

      Personal information required:

      • Full name
      • Name of institution studying/ have studied with
      • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or a Distinction at a Masters Level (or for the LPC award, a Distinction for the Graduate Diploma in Law)
      • Confirmation of household income

      Process:

      On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to complete and successfully pass an online assessment. 

      Deadlines:

      Applications deadline: 3 January 2018

      Assessment deadline: 5 January 2018

      Winner notified: 12 January 2018

      Register your interest


      September 2018 start

      We are offering a number of awards to the brightest postgraduate students starting our GDL, MA Law or LPC in September 2018.

      • GDL or MA Law - 20 awards of £3,000
      • LPC - 10 awards of £5,000

      Entry criteria: 

      You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and  be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period.

      To be eligible for the GDL or MA Law award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or a Distinction at Masters level.

      To be eligible for the LPC award, you must obtain (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent), a Distinction at Masters level or a Distinction for the GDL. 

      Personal information required:

      • Full name
      • Name of institution studying/ have studied with
      • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or a Distinction at a Masters Level (or for the LPC award, a Distinction for the Graduate Diploma in Law)
      • Confirmation of household income

      Process:

      On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to complete and successfully pass an online assessment. 

      Deadlines:

      Applications deadline: 20 August 2018

      Assessment deadline: 22 August 2018

      Winner notified: 31 August 2018

    • Available for courses starting between January and September 2018

      The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award is offering bursaries to students whose circumstances may otherwise prevent them from completing their legal studies and entering the legal profession.

      We offer these awards to all postgraduate students (excluding sponsored students) wishing to undertake our GDL, MA Law, LPC or LLMs who can demonstrate strong academic credentials. Up to 20 awards are available. Each award is worth between £1,000 and £3,000.

      Entry criteria:

      You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and  be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period.

      To be eligible for this award, you must obtain a minimum of a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent). For more information on the Lord Blunkett award criteria, download the factsheet.

      Process:

      As part of the bursary application process, you will be required to take an online assessment. Please see table below for all relevant deadlines:

      Course start date January 2018 March 2018 July 2018September 2018 
      Application deadline 11 December 2017 5 March 2018  18 June 2018  6 September 2018
      Assessment deadline 14 December 2017 9 March 2018 20 June 2018 10 September 2018 
      Winners notified  20 December 2017 12 March 2018 22 June 201814 September 2018


    • International law firm, Charles Russell Speechlys and The University of Law are offering a £5,000 scholarship to a student wishing to study our GDL, MA Law or LPC in September 2018.

      In addition to the award, the successful student will also be automatically invited to join Charles Russell Speechlys’ Summer Placement Scheme in 2019, offering the chance to get involved in real fee earning work, which could include attending client meetings and going to court, and gain a deeper insight into the firm’s different practice areas.

      Entry criteria: 

      You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least an Upper Second Class degree (2:1) or international equivalent.

      You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household with an income of £25,000 or less in accordance with the University's calculation period.

      Only students who do not already have a training contract will be able to apply.

      Personal information required:

      • Full name
      • Name of institution studying / have studied with
      • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent)
      • Confirmation of household income

      Process:

      On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to complete and successfully pass an online assessment. Successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to take part in an interview process.

      Applications deadline: 15 August 2018

      Assessment deadline: 17 August 2018

      Interviews will take place w/c 27 August 2018

      Successful candidates will be notified by 7 September 2018 

    • We are offering over £50,000 worth of merit-based awards to candidates commencing the BPTC in our Leeds, London and Birmingham centres in September 2018.

      Our prestigious scholarships are reserved for BPTC candidates who demonstrate an exceptional talent for advocacy during our unique Selection Process, as well as clear leadership and organisational skills.

      The awards:

      • Master / Mistress of the Moots (London only): £6,500
      • Senior Scholar (Birmingham): £4,000
      • Senior Scholar (Leeds): £4,000
      • 12 Advocacy Scholars (London only): £2,500
      • 6 Advocacy Scholars (Birmingham and Leeds): £2,000

      Entry criteria:

      We are looking for talented advocates with exceptional leadership and organisational skills. As an Advocacy Scholar, you will judge moots; organise entry into international and national competitions; liaise with members of the Bar to organise workshops and internal competitions and provide guidance and support to current students. 

      You will be judged primarily on your performance in the advocacy portion of our Selection Events, as well as any previous experience which demonstrates your leadership and organisational skills. We are not looking for polished performances but will focus on your raw talent and potential.

      How to apply:

      BPTC applications will open in December. On invitation to one of our Selection Events, please book your place and click on the ‘Advocacy Scholarship’ tick box to upload your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter. These should cover your public speaking and mooting experiences to date, as well as any examples of your leadership and organisation ability.

    • The Rice-Jones Scholarship ('the Scholarship') is open to any individual studying at our Chester and Manchester campuses who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), LegalPractice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Master of Laws (LLM). Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions. 

      To apply for the scholarship, please complete the application form and return via e-mail to jonathan.riley@michelmores.com  or by post to Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR.

      Download the terms and conditions


    • The following websites contain information about financial awards that may assist you with funding your postgraduate studies:

      Inns of Court Scholarships

      If you are an aspiring barrister, the Inns of Court offer scholarships and financial awards to GDL and BPTC students. You can find helpful information on the following websites with details on what is available: 

      For information about other ways to fund your course, visit our postgraduate funding page. You can also find helpful information on the following websites:

    • In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, The University of Law will be offering four merit-based scholarships worth £5,500 each to candidates from China who wish to study the following courses commencing September 2018. 

  • Read the Terms and Conditions for each of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship and Bursary awards.
  • Winning the scholarship to study for my GDL has been truly life-changing

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