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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.

The College has run three successful rounds of scholarship applications, the next round will open in June 2024.



In the next round of applications, the College will be offering a small number of fully-funded SQE Scholarships for SQE preparation courses and LLM in Legal Practice starting in autumn 2024. The scheme does not fund GDL places. The application process will open in June 2024 and will be eligible for new SQE students only.

The criteria for scholarships with the College is based primarily on financial circumstances, but the panel also consider additional barriers to progress in the profession and demonstrable commitment to taking the SQE and becoming a solicitor. The successful candidates so far, have all had multiple barriers to progressing in the legal profession and clearly shown through their career that they are committed to becoming a solicitor.


Read the stories of previous students who received a scholarship

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We recognise that for the majority of students, funding can make studying as a postgraduate very challenging and for some simply inaccessible. Many students will have already accumulated significant levels of debt and if you are looking to qualify through the SQE, there are fees attached to the assessments outside of any preparation training.



Funding guidance for students

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Published January 2024.

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