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SQE Scholarships 

The College is pleased to offer 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, Birmingham Law Society Diversity Scheme, and those with 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.



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The College is offering four fully-funded SQE scholarships for all SQE preparation courses starting between 1st August 2024 and 31st January 2025.

The College have defined a criteria based on:

  • Funding need
  • Representation and barriers to access and progression in the legal profession
  • Academic performance and commitment to becoming a solicitor


There may also be a small number of part-funded scholarships awarded by the panel.


Scholarship Details

This opportunity was available to any students that are looking to start their SQE prep course or LLM in Legal Practice with the College between 1st August 2024 and 31st January 2025, however this round is now closed. Keep an eye out for future scholarship rounds!

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. There is no funding available for the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Those students shortlisted will be invited to a virtual discussion with College and the decision on scholarship funding will be made by the end of June 2024. 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.



You must meet the following general criteria:

  • Meet the relevant course’s admissions criteria set by the College
  • Be able to take up a place on the relevant course
  • Able to commit to taking the next available SQE assessments after the completion of your preparation courses, including funding the SQE assessments
  • Have not already studied on a College SQE preparation course


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.



Firstly to submit an application, applicants will be required to confirm the following:

  • They do not have access to family loans, financial gifts or sponsorship from their employer for these courses
  • They have a low household income, along with the provision of details that supports this
  • How securing a scholarship will assist you financially with preparing for the SQE



1) Representation and barriers to progressing in the profession

The College is looking to support those who fit one or more of the criteria below and understanding the specific barriers that you are facing in terms of progressing your qualification via the SQE:

  • 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


2) Academic Performance and commitment to becoming a solicitor

The College will also take into consideration::

  • Academic performance, particularly in the field of law
  • Your demonstrable commitment to becoming a solicitor in England & Wales


How to apply

To apply, please send the following to by the deadline:

  • The application form (HERE)
  • Your CV
  • Equality & Diversity monitoring form: Please complete this form (HERE), your submission will be anonymous and will not be used in the application process


We would like to make sure that every applicant can be at their best in the interview process, so please let us know if you have any specific requirements or adjustments that we can make for you.



  • Submission of application by 5pm on 7th June 2024
  • Virtual Discussions will be held via zoom w/c 17th June 2024
  • Decisions will be made by 30th June 2024 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 June 2024.

The information on this page was correct at the time of publishing.