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 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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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, BPC 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 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)

 

Available for courses starting in January 2020

We are offering full-fee scholarships to students wishing to study our GDL, MA Law and LPC in 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 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

 

Bar Practice Course Awards

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

  • Master / Mistress of Moots - 1 award of £4,500
  • Senior Scholars - 5 awards of £3,000
  • Advocacy Scholarships (London) - 12 awards of £2,000
  • Advocacy Scholarships (Outside of London) - 15 awards of £1,750

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 BPC selection panel.

To qualify for one of our scholarships, you must submit your application and complete our selection process before Monday 2 March 2020.


Deadlines:

Course start dates July 2020 & September 2020
Application deadline 2 March 2020
Winners notified 31 March 2020

Final application deadline dependent on selection events.

Available to all postgraduate students studying at our Nottingham campus in January 2020 and September 2020

To celebrate our inaugural year in the city of Nottingham, we are offering the Nottingham Postgraduate Award to all postgraduate students studying in January 2020 or September 2020. 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

The Rice-Jones 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), Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Practice Course (BPC) or MA Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made.

Each award will be between £250 and £1,500 towards study expenses.

To be considered, applications must be received by Tuesday 1 May 2020. Interviews will take place during w/c 24 June 2020.  Following your interview, you will know within two weeks if you have been successful. Any award would be made in respect of the 2020-21 academic year only.

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

Rice-Jones Scholarship Application Form

Download the terms and conditions

To celebrate our inaugural year in Hong Kong, we are offering a 5% early bird fee reduction to all students studying our GDL, MA Law and LLM Legal Practice programmes, in or into Hong Kong, in March 2020.

To be eligible for this discount, you will need to have accepted one of our Hong Kong courses by Saturday 1 February 2020 for one of our March 2020 courses.

Hong Kong Early Bird Discount Terms and Conditions for March 2020 courses

To celebrate our inaugural year in Hong Kong, we are offering a 10% fee reduction to all students studying our GDL, MA Law and LLM Legal Practice programmes, in or into Hong Kong, in January and March 2020. 

To be eligible for this discount, you will need to have accepted one of our Hong Kong courses, starting in January and March 2020.

Hong Kong Inaugural Award 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 BPC 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