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The College is pleased to offer fully-funded SQE scholarship places to students to support their progress to becoming a solicitor.
The College is deeply committed to increasing access to the solicitor profession and we recognise the increasing financial pressures that students are facing when considering and taking the SQE. We know that many students face multiple barriers to taking the SQE and progressing their legal career, due to either their background, experiences, discrimination or lack of funding.
This commitment is in addition to scholarship places offered within the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme and partner firms such as Reed Smith and Browne Jacobson. The students eligible for a SQE scholarship need to meet a specific criteria and demonstrate through an application process their commitment to becoming a solicitor. This is the first scholarship round for the College, and we hope to learn and develop the scheme for courses starting from 1st August 2023 onwards.
Open Now: For courses starting 1st February 2023 – 31st July 2023
The College is offering four SQE scholarships for all SQE preparation courses starting between 1st February 2023 and 31st July 2023. One scholarship will be offered to an existing student, who is actively studying with us on 1st February 2023 and studying for a SQE assessment. The other scholarships are for three students who will start studying with us between 1st February 2023 and 31st July 2023. This opportunity includes a fully funded place on one or both of the College’s SQE preparation courses or the LLM in Legal Practice.
For new students:
- This opportunity is available to any students that are looking to start their study with the College between 1st February 2023 and 31st July 2023.
- To benefit from the scholarship place, you will need to enrol on a course or programme that prepares you for SQE1 and/or SQE2 assessment. The courses that are eligible for this scholarship are Solicitors Legal Knowledge (SQE1 prep), Solicitors Legal Skills (SQE2 prep) or the LLM in Legal Practice.
- The decision on the scholarship funding will be made by 18th January 2023 prior to closing deadlines for application for courses starting from 1st February 2023. You may wish to apply for the courses prior to any decision on funding, but it is not required as part of the application process.
For existing students:
- This opportunity is available to any students that are already studying with the College. You need to be on a current course or programme that has started and not finished on 1st February 2023.
- The courses eligible for scholarships are those that prepare you for SQE1 and/or SQE2 assessment, they are Solicitors Legal Knowledge, Solicitors Legal Skills or the LLM in Legal Practice.
- The scholarship contribution to the fees is not retrospective. The funding of fees will only include the outstanding fees according to the standard fee schedule on the College’s website that are due from 1st February 2023 onwards until the end of the course or programme.
You must meet the following general criteria:
- Meet the relevant course’s admissions criteria
- Be able to take up a place on the relevant course between 1st February 2023 and 31st July 2023.
- Able to commit to taking the next SQE assessments after the completion of your preparation courses.
As part of our commitment to increasing access to the solicitor profession, the College has defined a set of criteria that successful applicants must meet. You need to fit one or more of the criteria below:
- have attended a state school and the first generation of your family to attend University
- from a low-income background/received free school meals aged 11-16 due to financial hardship
- from a racial minority
- are/been a refugee/asylum seeker
- have a disability or long-term health condition
- are LGBTQ+
- spent more than 3 months in local authority care
- face another barrier that is preventing you qualifying through the SQE
The following will also be taken into account:
- The barriers that you are facing in terms of progressing your qualification via the SQE
- How securing a scholarship will assist you
- Your commitment to becoming a solicitor
How to apply
To apply, please send the following to email@example.com by the deadline:
- An application letter (up to two sides of A4) outlining how you meet the scholarship criteria, why you feel you should be offered the scholarship place and which course you would like to apply for.
- Your CV
- Please include any specific requirements or adjustments that we can make for you for the interview process
- Please also complete this equality and diversity monitoring form, for monitoring purposes only. Your submission will be anonymous and will not be used in the application process, so any barriers that you wish to declare as part of the application will need to be included in your application letter.
- Submission of application by 5pm on 2nd January 2023
- Virtual interviews will be held on 13th January 2023
- Decisions will be made by 19th January 2023 to allow for confirmation of course places within the application deadlines.
In addition to our scholarships, we have additional funding options and helpful details available here.
Got a question about scholarships and our SQE prep courses?
Published December 2022.
The information on this page was correct at the time of publishing.