The College of Law (CoL) is offering scholarships to aspiring lawyers for the first time in a bid to widen access to the legal profession.
From 2012, the law school giant will offer scholarships for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to 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, will also have the chance to win a scholarship to help towards their first-year fees.
Chief executive Nigel Savage said in a statement: “We’re very pleased to extend our investment by launching this new scholarship scheme to support ambitious, talented students in achieving their goal of a successful career in the modern world of law.”
Runners-up for the GDL and LPC scholarship prizes will receive £2,000 towards their fees while future LLB students can apply for one of 10 £3,000 scholarships to cover a portion of their £18,000 fees. Around £12,000 of the remaining LLB course cost for each student will be covered by government loans, while £3000 will still need to be found by students elsewhere.
To apply for the GDL and LPC prizes, aspiring lawyers will be required to submit an essay or short video presentation on the subject ‘My vision of the modern lawyer in the 21st Century’.
Future LLB students will also need to put forward an essay or short video, but on the topic ‘Why the world needs lawyers’.
The news comes after archrival BPP Law School offered aspiring lawyers the chance to borrow up to £25,000 to cover fees for the full-time GDL, LPC and BPTC, as part of a new law loan scheme backed by Investec (6 July 2011).