CoL alumni group launches student bursary fund

A new bursary fund was launched at the College of Law (CoL) Alumni Association event last week to aid expansion of the college’s charitable activities.

The Alumni Bursary Fund will allow members to develop CoL’s innovative Pathways to Law scheme, which targets state school pupils who are the first generation of their family to attend university.

CoL chief executive Nigel Savage said: “Since Pathways was set up in 2007 more than 1,100 students have benefited and the new Alumni Bursary Fund will help us to extend that support as students continue their journey into the legal profession.”

Savage relayed to the assembly a letter from alumni member, Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury, who was unable to attend the event, expressing the importance of highlighting issues of access and diversity in the legal profession.

She wrote: “We need to do much more to break down the barriers and smash the glass ceilings, which hold back many aspiring young lawyers at the moment – and we all need to play our part.”

Meanwhile, the event also marked the celebration of 10 years of pro bono work at CoL, which allows over 2,500 students annually to get involved in a range of activities.

Coordinator of the college’s pro bono work Sara Chandler said: “We’re so proud of the commitment of our students. The core of all the dedication is the concept of ethical lawyering.

“We at the College of Law believe we kindle a flame among young lawyers which will burn steadfastly throughout their legal careers.”

Nearly 200 CoL alumni attended the event, including Julie Bishop, director of Law Centres Federation and Paul Newdick CBE, chair of LawWorks.