12 May 2017
How to Get a Scholarship for The University of Law’s 2018 Courses
If you’ve got the skills and the brains to study law, a lack of funds should never stop you. The University of Law firmly believes in supporting bright students from all backgrounds who want to study law – so much so that it offers the UK’s largest combined university law scholarship and bursaries fund, standing at just over £600,000.
Scholarship applications are now open for students intending to start The University of Law in September 2018. If you want to apply, check the eligibility criteria for the scholarship that interests you – there’s a whole range on offer from the Law First award, which is for those who have received or are predicted a first in their degree, to the Lord Blunkett Award, which is given to those whose personal circumstances might make it difficult to study.
Although all scholarship applications involve an assessment test, each scholarship is then further assessed on different criteria. Some scholarships give more weight to your knowledge of and passion for the law, while others look at any exceptional circumstances that you may have faced.
Before you get going, we thought you’d appreciate some top tips from some of our current scholarship students.
Prep and review
Teymur Dadashov is a double scholarship-holder, having received the Widening Access Bursary Award for his GDL in 2016 before winning the Law First Scholarship for his LPC studies in 2017. He advises: “Start your application preparations as early as possible. Your essay or written statement needs to cover all of the key issues.”
Ndifreke Ekaette will study the LPC next year thanks to the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme. She says: “Thoroughly research the topic you have to write about as well as the area of law that you wish to go into.”
Teymur adds: “Review and rewrite your essay several times to make sure it covers all the key issues.”
Make it personal
The scholarship application process is a huge exercise in selling yourself, so don’t shy away from demonstrating why you’re the right candidate. Jenny Kelly is a GDL student who received a Law First Scholarship. Her advice is motivational and straight to the point: “Don’t sell yourself short. Really think about why you need and deserve a scholarship and then say it. Sometimes it’s easiest if you write in the third person to begin with as it can be easier to say these things when you aren’t using the first person. When you’re finished, remember to change all of the ‘s/he’s to ‘I’s.”
Aaron Hanif is studying the GDL at The University of Law Guildford, for which he was awarded the Choose Law Full Fee Scholarship. He used his unusual undergraduate degree to his advantage: “When writing your essay make sure that you choose a specific area of law you are really interested in, and that you can convey that interest. Cater the essay to your degree. I studied Chinese as an undergraduate and was therefore able to put an original and unique twist on the essay.”
Here’s the most essential piece of advice of all from Harry Gibbs, currently doing the iGDL with the Choose Law Full Fee Scholarship. His advice is simple: “The best way for an applicant to boost their chances is to actually apply because so many don’t.”
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