At present, the government’s Student Loan Scheme is not available for post-graduate study. However a new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced from 1 August 2016.
The government will provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Postgraduate loans are not available for courses below Masters level including shorter diplomas and certificates such as the LPC. However, many LLM (Master of Laws) programmes include an LPC qualification. Students are therefore advised to check with individual LLM / LPC providers beforehand for clarification as to whether the particular course they are interested in qualifies for postgraduate funding.
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) - postgraduate students with an impairment, health condition or learning difficulty may be able to get financial help from DSAs. You can apply for DSAs for both taught courses and research places.
Some of the high street banks and specialist banks offer loans for students on specific LPC courses. Contact your local bank branch or the LPC institutions direct for details of their student loan schemes.
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Warning: The SRA has issued a warning to students about emails offering LPC funding.
The Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) is a scholarship for students who would otherwise be unable to fund the cost of their LPC fees. It also provides excellent all round support for students who are successful in their application.
The DAS package includes:
Already the DAS has helped over 180 students complete their professional education. If you don’t have the financial means to pay for your LPC, the DAS might be able to help.
Applications for 2017 have now closed. Information about the 2018 DAS will be available in early 2018.
Please note: the Diversity Access Scheme is the only source of financial assistance for legal education fees from the Law Society, therefore no funding is available from the Law Society for the law degree, GDL, CPE, LLM or any other courses.
This modest fund was established by Mrs Grace Cade, the widow of Cambridge solicitor Vernon Cade, to provide financial assistance to persons training to become solicitors and having a connection with the county of Cambridgeshire.
The Trustees invite applications from trainees who:
The strength of the connection with Cambridgeshire will be material. The typical size of a grant made by the Trustees is in the region of £500 - £2,000.
Application forms can be obtained from:
Thomson Webb & Corfield
16 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1HE
Tel: 01223 578073.
The Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA) bursary scheme enables law students (either currently studying or recently graduated) to undertake work placements in the field of human rights. Successful applicants are funded to undertake work related to human rights law that they would otherwise be unable to afford to do. Work can take place outside of the UK but must have direct relevance to developing human rights law, practice and procedure in the UK, and applicants must demonstrate that they are committed to finding employment, or practising as a lawyer, in the UK in the human rights field in the future. For more information see the HRLA website .
Datalaw will pay the tuition fees – a prize worth up to £12,000 – to the winner of its inaugural competition, which they hope will become an annual event. It is open to paralegals and trainee solicitors who are available to start their LPC in September 2015. Applications will be accepted from throughout England and Wales. Entries are being accepted until the end of October 2015. For further information visit the Datalaw website .
Overseas students who are able to obtain work permits may apply for sponsorship with firms to support their studies for the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The British Council provides information and assistance to overseas students seeking to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales.
This scholarship is for trainee solicitors and solicitors. You may apply for a scholarship if you plan to study the law and legal procedures in France, Spain or Canada. Further information can be obtained from the scholarship administrator - see the H M Hubbard Law Scholarship website for details.
The Trust makes one, or occasionally two, grants per year towards legal training for women from an immigrant or refugee background who intend to practise or teach law in the UK. Candidates are required to complete an application form and, if shortlisted, attend an interview.If you feel that you might be eligible for consideration for an award, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application form. See the website for further details. You may also contact the trust administrator, either by email email@example.com , or by writing to:Inderpal Rahal Memorial TrustGarden Court Chambers 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn FieldsLondon WC2A 3LJ
Some of the LPC providers offer a number of scholarships. Details can be found on their websites.
This trust exists to promote legal writing and legal research by awarding a series of grants. The Trust prides itself on offering practitioners - often young practitioners - a rare forum for ‘practice-focused’ legal writing. The award is run annually, with proposal deadlines in Autumn. See the trust website for full details.
Graham Rushton was a blind lawyer who left a considerable sum of money to the RNIB as a legacy to be spent on assisting blind and partially sighted law students studying English Law in the United Kingdom. The award is a grant of around £7,000 for which blind and partially-sighted people can apply.
Your local authority awards officer will have information about local charities and any grant-making trusts for which you may qualify. Details may also be available from your local reference library and an searchable database of benefits and grants is available online at www.turn2us.org.uk Qualifications for these awards vary enormously. Usually, they provide only small amounts of money and should not be relied upon to provide full financial support for either tuition or maintenance.
These funds are available to post-graduate students at universities and publicly funded colleges mainly to provide additional assistance to meet living costs. The funds are used at the discretion of your college. Students should contact the student support or student services officer of their institution for further details.
A number of firms will sponsor students, mainly those applying for LPC and those intending to take the GDL. In the circumstances, you would normally expect to serve your training contract with the firm. Occasionally, commitment to employment with the firm over a longer period is required. This will form the subject of a covenant in the training contract. In most cases it will be necessary to contact firms and law organisations direct to find out if they offer sponsorship to students or you can speak with your university or careers service. You will also find further information at:
Visit the following websites to see if you are eligible for funding assistance:
The website provides a comprehensive database of funding available for UK/EU students to help reduce student debts. Visit the website .
For information about funding legal studies in the USA visit the Best Criminal Justice website .
Please email the Junior Lawyers Division at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are aware of any other sources of funding and assistance not already mentioned above.