College of Law launches BPTC scholarships

The College of Law (CoL) has thrown a vital lifeline to would-be barristers after launching two new dedicated scholarships.

Nigel Savage

From autumn 2012 the law school giant is offering one full scholarship to cover the entire course fees for the full-time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), and a runner-up scholarship of £2,000.

Chief executive Nigel Savage said in a statement:“It is in the interests of the legal profession and the application of justice in this country that the Bar is open to all and reflects the diversity of the community that it serves.”

The new award follows the CoL rolling out its first ever scholarship offering for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) (2 November 2011).

The awards will cover the full cost of fees for one student on each course. Undergraduate law students due to enrol on the LPC provider’s two-year LLB in September 2012 also have the chance to secure a scholarship.

To apply for the BPTC scholarship, aspiring lawyers will be required to submit an essay or short video presentation on the subject ‘The modern Bar: diverse and open to all? Discuss’.

The CoL has listed a number of possible issues for discussion that include the 35 per cent decline in the number of pupillage vacancies over the last decade and the proposed aptitude test for the BPTC.

The news follows BPP Law School and Kaplan Law School announcing their tuition fee rises for 2012-13 (30 November 2011) . The CoL is due to announce its course fees this month (January).