King’s College launches £2m-a-year law scholarship programme

The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme has been launched today offering 80 scholarships worth over £2m for students who wish to study law.

Offered as part of the £20m gift by Hong Kong-based philanthropist Dickson Poon to the Law School at King’s College London (KCL), the scholarships will focus on students who demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership potential and ambition.

Up to 75 may be awarded to the best undergraduates enrolling in 2013 in law and up to five scholarships for law PhD students enrolling in the same year. They are available to all students regardless of background.

Of the up to 75 undergraduate scholarships, 25 are worth full home/EU fees for all years of study, while the remaining 50 are worth £18,000 over three years.

The five law PhD scholarships are for £90,000 each over three years – understood to be the largest amount awarded to individual legal research students.

Of the 75 undergraduate scholarships offered 15 are reserved for students from the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong, up to 10 of the full-fee undergraduate scholarships will be reserved for students taking the politics, philosophy and law programme and 10 full-fee undergraduate scholarships will be reserved for the LLB programme. For 2013/14 five full-fee scholarships will be reserved for the dual degree English law and French law programme.

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, vice-principal of King’s, said: “The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme is the best and largest of its kind for law in this country and aims to attract the brightest and most talented legal scholars and students to The Dickson Poon School of Law. It marks an exciting milestone both in the 180-year history of King’s College London and following the very generous gift from Mr Dickson Poon.”

Last month, Reed Smith announced it would partner with the KCL’s law school to offer students undertaking the Anglo-French LLB work experience, support and guidance (18 October 2012).