Postgraduate Scholarships & Bursaries

We’re committed to helping the brightest minds achieve their career ambitions, whatever their background. As 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 2019/2020 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 meet the entry criteria as set out for each of our scholarships below.  For some of our scholarships, this will include having a household income of £25,000 or less. 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.

Winning the scholarship to study for my GDL has been truly life-changing

Manon Elise Sel, GDL scholarship winner

Register your interest in our range of postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

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Available to all postgraduate students studying in Nottingham in September 2019

To celebrate our inaugural year in the city of Nottingham, we are offering the Nottingham Postgraduate Award to all postgraduate students studying our GDL, LPC, MA Law, MSc Legal Technology and PG Dip Legal Technology starting in September 2019. The award will be for £1,000, to be offset against the course fee.

Find out more about our new Nottingham campus.

Entry criteria:


You will need to have offered, accepted and been sent confirmation of your acceptance of a course place with the University.

Process:


On receipt of your offer from the University, the Nottingham Award will be allocated to you and then applied once you have accepted that offer to study at the University.

Nottingham Postgraduate Award Terms and Conditions

 

Available for courses starting in September 2019 and January 2020

We are offering full-fee scholarships to students wishing to study our GDL, MA Law and LPC in September 2019 and January 2020, 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, and have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses.

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
  • Any challenges that you may be facing that would not allow you to continue your studies

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:

Course start date September 2019
Application deadline 8 July 2019 
Online Skills Assessment deadline 10 July
Short Essay deadline 15 July 2019
Winners notified 23 August 2019

 

Course start date January 2020
Application deadline 28 November 2019
Online Skills Assessment deadline 2 December 2019
Short Essay deadline 6 December 2019
Winners notified 17 December 2019

 

We are offering two 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 2019.

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
  • Any challenges that you may be facing that would not allow you to continue your studies

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 September 2019
Application deadline 8 July 2019 
Online Skills Assessment deadline  10 July 2019 
Short Essay deadline 15 July 2019
Winners notified 23 August 2019

 

Available for courses starting in September 2019

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

  • GDL or MA Law - 10 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.

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
  • Any challenges you may be facing that would not allow you to continue your studies

Process:

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

Course start date September 2019
Application deadline 19 August 2019
Online Assessment deadline  21 August 2019 
Potential tie-break  26 August 2019
Winners notified 30 August 2019

 

We are offering a total of 21 BPTC awards that could help you to finance your BPTC and support you in preparing for a career as a barrister. The awards include:

  • Master / Mistress of Moots - 1 award of £6,500
  • Senior Scholars - 2 awards of £4,000
  • Advocacy Scholarships - 12 awards of £2,500 (London)
  • Advocacy Scholarships - 6 awards of £2,000 (Birmingham / Leeds)

Entry criteria: 

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

Personal information required:

  • Full name
  • Name of institution studying/ have studied with
  • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) an Upper Second Class degree (or international equivalent)
  • Confirmation of household income
  • Any challenges you may be facing that would not allow you to continue your studies

Process:

As part of your application process you will be invited to attend a selection event. Your performance at this event will be reviewed and the various awards will be decided by the BPTC selection panel.

Deadlines:

Course start date September 2019
Application deadline February 2019 
Award winners notified End of March 2019 (first round offers released) 

 

Final application deadline dependent on selection events.

 

 

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, BPTC or LLMs who can demonstrate strong academic credentials. Up to 55 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.

Personal information required:

  • Full name
  • Name of institution studying/ have studied with
  • Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent)
  • Confirmation of household income
  • Any challenges you may be facing that would not allow you to continue your studies

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 September 2019
Application deadline 5 September 2019 
Assessment deadline  9 September 2019 
Winners notified 13 September 2019 (immediately if all criteria met)

 

Course start date January 2020
Application deadline 12 December 2019
Assessment deadline  16 December 2019
Winners notified 17 December 2019 (immediately if all criteria met)

 

Course start date March 2020
Application deadline 28 February 2020
Assessment deadline  4 March 2020
Winners notified 6 March 2020 (immediately if all criteria met)

 

Course start date July 2020
Application deadline 27 June 2020
Assessment deadline  1 July 2020
Winners notified 3 July 2020 (immediately if all criteria met)

 

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 2019. 

In addition to the award, the successful student will also be automatically invited to join Charles Russell Speechlys’ Summer Placement Scheme, 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 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) an Upper Second Class degree or international equivalent
  • Confirmation of household income
  • Any challenges you may be facing that would not allow you to continue your studies

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.

Deadlines:

Course start date September 2019
Application deadline 14 August 2019
Assessment deadline  16 August 2019
Interviews
w/c 26 August 2019
Winners notified 6 September 2019

 

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 £250 to £1500 towards course fees.

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

Application deadline: 1 May 2019

The Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme scholarship (DAS) could help you to finance your LPC and support you in preparing for a career as a solicitor. 

What is the DAS?

The DAS is a scholarship for aspiring solicitors. The DAS award package includes:

  • An LPC scholarship: funding for up to the full cost of your LPC fees.
  • Professional contacts: a professional mentor to help with queries relating to a future career in law.
  • Opportunities to gain work experience: work experience placements, brokered through the Law Society.

Who should apply?

You will need to have received an offer for our full-time or part-time LPC starting September 2019.

Application criteria

You have to fulfil certain criteria to be eligible for the DAS. To check your eligibility, please visit The Law Society's website.

How many awards are available?

Up to ten standard DAS scholarships will be available this year. 

When do applications open?

Applications will open at noon on 4 February 2019 and will close on 8 April 2019.

The application form and guidance are available to download from The Law Society’s website.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about the DAS, then please:

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:

Read the Terms and Conditions for each of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship and Bursary awards:
Terms and Conditions relevant for students studying up until 31st Aug 2019
Terms and Conditions relevant for students studying after 1st Sept 2019