UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes
Freshfields Scholarships at UCL
- Jirasarunya Bursaries
- Leonard Sainer
- E.Bufton Bursary
1. Bentham Club Scholarship
The UCL Laws Alumni group, the Bentham Association, was launched in 1949 (then
named the Bentham Club) as a means to maintain and strengthen relationships
with former students to engage their active support for the Faculty. The Bentham
Association is currently made up of UCL alumni who studied, practise or have
an interest in the law. In 2009, membership of the Bentham Association became
automatic for all UCL Laws graduates.
The Bentham Association continues to support the Faculty by awarding prizes
for students. It also holds an annual presidential address and dinner for Laws
Alumni. The president and speaker is always an eminent jurist. The Bentham
Club Scholarship marks the ongoing contribution of the UCL Laws Alumni community
to Faculty life. It is a testament to the history of the Bentham Club, and
to the strong links between UCL Laws alumni and current students.
A scholarship of £1000 will be awarded to a second, third or fourth
year LLB student as a contribution to living expenses. The student should have
a good academic record, have made a contribution to the life of the Faculty,
show outstanding promise and be in financial need.
If you wish to be considered for this scholarship please submit a personal
statement explaining how you satisfy the above criteria and why you should
be awarded it. Submissions, addressed to the Faculty Tutor, should be made to
Gemma Burridge in the Undergraduate Office by Friday 13 December 2013. A shortlist of eligible students will be forwarded to the Bentham Club selection
panel, who will make the final decision.
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2. The Freshfields Scholarships at UCL
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has entered into a partnership
with UCL’s Faculty of Laws to provide two scholarships per year for
law students from socially and economically less privileged backgrounds. As
well as providing financial support, the scheme will see Freshfields offer
successful candidates eight weeks paid work experience per academic year and
the guarantee of a training contract interview, which, if successful, will
see the students benefit from a grant covering the full cost of law school.
The purpose of these awards is to provide students from less privileged backgrounds
with a genuine opportunity of building a successful career in the law.
Each successful applicant will receive:
- a £10,000 bursary per year of study at UCL from Freshfields to cover their maintenance expenses;
- an award under UCL’s bursary scheme to provide additional support of up to £3,500;
- eight weeks paid work experience at Freshfields during each academic year whilst at UCL;
- an invitation to participate in Freshfields’ training and social programme whilst at UCL;
- a guaranteed interview for a training contract at Freshfields;
- if successful and in receipt of a training contract a grant covering the full cost of the legal practice course and maintenance; and
- additional mentoring and a dedicated tutor for the duration of their studies at UCL.
Eligible candidates will:
- be students who hold an offer to study an LLB degree at UCL starting in
September 2013, have firmly accepted that offer and have met the conditions
of that offer;
- be from socially and economically less privileged backgrounds;
- have little or no family history of higher education and would become first generation graduates
- qualify for registration at UCL as UK or EU students.
Criteria for the making of an award
- The promise of academic achievement and the potential to succeed as a City lawyer will be the key criterion.
- Freshfields will be looking for resilience, ambition and determination with the promise of the promise of Scholarship students flourishing as pleasant, engaging and well-rounded personalities.
- The interview process (which will be conducted jointly by Freshfields and UCL) will take into account the social circumstances of the candidates.
The application process
- Interested students should download and complete the application
form and submit it for the attention of the Faculty Tutor, Mrs Olga Thomas, by
or by email to UCL Laws Undergraduate Office, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens,
London WC1H 0EG / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications should be received by Friday 23 August 2013.
- UCL will put forward to Freshfields a list of candidates who it considers to be eligible and would benefit from the scholarship.
- Freshfields and UCL will interview the candidates jointly and agree on
the successful candidates. Interviews will take place in September 2013.
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3. The Mishcon Bursaries
The Faculty is pleased to announce that, due to the generous support of the Mishcon family, a fund of £2000 is available for the provision of the Mishcon Bursaries each year. These Bursaries are provided to deserving first year students and are renewable for a further two, or three, years subject to satisfactory academic performance. Individual Bursaries will not normally exceed £400 per annum.
The award of the bursary is based primarily on financial need although academic
performance (including performance in the mid-sessional examinations), attendance
record and other contributions to the life of the Faculty during the first term
will also be taken into account. Applications must be submitted by Friday
10 January 2014 and must be accompanied by:
- a supporting letter addressed to Mrs Olga Thomas, Faculty Tutor, from your UCL personal tutor / a teacher from your previous school / other appropriate person.
- satisfactory evidence of the financial position of both the applicant and the applicant’s immediate family. This will normally include copies of the applicant's bank statements, a letter from their parents or guardian and evidence of the financial position of anyone who might otherwise be expected to provide financial support (e.g. bank statements, tax return forms, tax credit award notice, P60.
- UCL Laws Financial Assessment Form
Please note that:
- No late applications will be accepted.
- Candidates who do not provide the supporting documentation described above will not be considered.
- Candidates should not expect to hear anything further regarding the Mishcon Bursaries until the Spring Term 2012.
- Applications should be sent to Gemma Burridge, LLB Programme Administrator, UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG or handed in to the Undergraduate Office, Bentham House.
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The Faculty is pleased to announce that due to a generous donation from the
Jirasarunya Family a bursary is available to assist two first year undergraduate
students studying law for the duration of their 2nd and 3rd year at UCL.
Value: Benefits and Duration
The value of each bursary is £1,500
per annum for two years beginning in the 2013/14 academic year, subject to
satisfactory academic progress.
The award is made to assist with maintenance/living costs and will be
paid in equal
• Must be entering their 2nd year during the 2013/14 academic year.
Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate a strong inclination
and commitment towards dedicating time to UCL’s and UCL Laws’ Pro
Bono projects during their 2nd and 3rd years at UCL.
• Will be awarded on the basis of financial need.
Application Deadline and Procedure
The deadline for the application will be the 17th of July, 2013
Applications should take the form of
• A CV
• A supporting statement outlining previous pro bono experience and plans
for future pro bono work.
For a list of the Faculty of Laws’ pro bono opportunities, please see:
Selection and Notification of Result
Shortlisted students will be invited to interview should the Selection
Panel deem this necessary. The selection panel will consist of the Centre
to Justice staff. The bursary will be awarded by recommendation of the
It is hoped that the recipient will have the opportunity to meet with
the donor during the academic year in order to express their gratitude
pro bono experiences.
Students will be notified of the results no later than the 1st of September
5. Leonard Sainer
Leonard Sainer was a law graduate of University College London (1929 - 1932)
and then became a prominent City solicitor, director of a number of public
companies and a generous philanthropist. He died in 1991.
The Foundation, which was set up in his memory (and which is administered
by Dechert LLP), funds two scholarships each year at UCL to be awarded to
final year law students (completing the LLB or LLM). The selected students
must intend to practise law in England and Wales on a permanent basis - preferably
one as a Solicitor, the other as a Barrister. Each scholarship will be in
the amount of £15,000 and used towards the cost of courses leading
to final professional examinations, LPC or BPTC (currently approximately £13,000
[LPC] or £16,000 [BPTC] per annum).
Scholarship criteria will be:
Financial need or other instances of hardship;
An intention to practise away from the large City and regional law firms
and Commercial and Chancery chambers (which usually offer financial support)
and instead to focus on welfare, family, criminal, immigration law, etc;
Indications that the applicant is likely to prove a worthwhile member of
the legal profession;
The likelihood of achieving at least a 2:1 degree in the LLB examinations
or a Merit in the LLM examinations.
Interested students must submit their applications by 4pm on Friday 17th
January 2014. Final year LLB students must submit it to the Undergraduate
Office, Room 301, Bentham House and LLM students must submit this to the
Graduate Office, Room 201, Bentham House.
The applications must take the form of:
• A covering letter including an explanation of an intention to practise
away from large City and regional law firms and Commercial and Chancery chambers
and a personal statement explaining the desire to become a solicitor or barrister
and the area of law that the applicant would like to specialise in;
A full C.V. - including examination results to date;
An academic reference letter
Satisfactory evidence of the financial position of both the applicant and
the applicant’s immediate family. This will normally include copies
of the applicant's bank statements, a letter from their parents or guardian
and evidence of the financial position of anyone who might otherwise be expected
to provide financial support;
A completed Leonard Sainer Scholarship application form.
A shortlist of four candidates will be selected by the Faculty who will
be invited to interview in March. The shortlist should aim to comprise two
candidates intending to become solicitors and two intending to go to the
Bar, but only if this is practicable and reflects the merit of the candidates.
The two final awards will be made by a panel comprising the Dean of the
Faculty of Laws and two trustees of the Leonard Sainer Foundation, following
the interviews. In reaching its final decision, the panel may use its discretion
to waive, modify or add to all but the first of the above criteria. The award
will be paid directly to the course provider. If no suitable candidates apply,
no awards will be made.
It is intended that the awards will run for at least five years beginning
in August 2011 and then subject to annual review by the Foundation.
6. The E.Bufton Bursary
A bursary of £600 is available to a first-year student, with priority
given to inner-city state school students whose parents did not attend university.
Application is by letter addressed to the Faculty Tutor and submitted to
the Undergraduate Office in hard copy or emailed to email@example.com. The
(i) explain the candidate's financial need for the bursary (only those in
serious need will be considered);
(ii) in no more than 100 words make an observation about some aspect of the
candidate's experience of student life so far (originality is crucial, and
please note that all answers will be subjected to a Google plagiarism test).
Four students will be invited to a very short interview in February 2014.
Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 27 January 2014. The bursary
is provided with no formal strings attached, but successful candidates are
encouraged to donate an equivalent sum back to the fund whenever in the future
they feel able to do so, in order that the work of the fund may continue
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Other undergraduate bursaries/scholarships available to Laws LLB students
Information on undergraduate living costs/expenses
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