Oxford Brookes University has launched two new scholarships for aspiring lawyers in a bid to promote its professional legal courses.
For September 2012, would-be lawyers can apply for two awards worth £5,000 to help towards the fees for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which currently cost £7,000 and £10,250 respectively.
Head of the school of law Professor Meryll Dean said: “The drive really was to raise our profile as an academic institution offering the LPC, and underlying the benefits of choosing to study a university-based course where you will also get the academic rigour.”
The introduction of the awards follow the merger of the university and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) in September 2011, as part of a university-wide restructuring.
Oxford Brookes now runs a similar model to Cardiff University, with a dedicated school of law that covers the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional elements of legal education.
“The reshuffle was the start of raising our profile and has given us a critical mass in terms of the market in legal education,” added Dean.
The news comes after rival LPC provider the College of Law was bought out by Montagu Private Equity in a move that is anticipated to have a knock-on effect on the future of UK universities and the accessibility of legal education (17 April 2012).
To apply for the GDL or LPC scholarship, the students are required to write a 1,000 word essay discussing the statement: ‘It is time to do away with the anachronistic distinctions between barristers, solicitors and legal executives’.
The entries will be judged by a panel of law school staff and must be received by midnight on 16 July 2012. To be eligible, the student must have accepted a place on either course to commence in 2012-13 by 30 June.