UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes

Undergraduate Scholarships

  1. Bentham Club Scholarship
  2. The Freshfields Scholarships at UCL
  3. Kalamazoo Bursary
  4. The Mishcon Bursaries
  5. Leonard Sainer Scholarships
  6. 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 Zoe Sinclair in the Undergraduate Office by Friday 12 December 2014. 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.

The Awards
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 2014, 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 hand, by post or by email to UCL Laws Undergraduate Office, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG / ug-law@ucl.ac.uk
  • Please note that the deadline for applications has been extended to midday on Friday 29 August 2014.
  • 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 2014.

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3. Kalamazoo Bursary

The aim of the Kalamazoo undergraduate bursary is to enable a prospective undergraduate student preparing to study a degree in Laws to take up their offer of study at UCL, regardless of their financial situation. Preference will be given to those students who have participated in the UCL Law Summer School. One award will be made.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the bursary must:

be domiciled in the UK or EU;
hold an offer of admission to UCL to study a full-time degree in Law for the 2014/15 intake (commencing in September 2014).
Preference will be given to students who have participated in the UCL Law Summer School

Selection Criteria:

The criterion for awarding the bursary is financial need and you will need to demonstrate this in the application.

Value: Benefits and Duration:

The successful recipient will be awarded £8,333 per year, for three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress (The bursary will be paid in addition to any funding received through the main UCL Bursary/NSP schemes). The bursary is awarded to cover maintenance costs.

Application Deadline and Procedure:

The deadline for your application is: 5pm Friday, 25 July 2014. If an application is received after this deadline it will not be deemed eligible and cannot be considered.

Return your completed application and supporting documentation to:

UCL Student Funding, Room G19, South Wing, Student and Registry Services, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Or via email to: studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk

Download Application Form and Guidance Notes

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4. 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 16 January 2015 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 2015.
  • Applications should be sent to Zoe Sinclair, 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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5. Leonard Sainer Scholarships 2014-15

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.

Application Procedure:
Interested students must submit their applications by 4pm on Friday 16th January 2015. 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. E Bufton Bursary

A bursary of £600 is available to a first-year LLB student.

Application is by letter addressed to the Faculty Tutor and submitted to the Undergraduate Office in hard copy or emailed to ug-law@ucl.ac.uk. The letter should:

(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 2015. Applications must be received by 4pm on Monday 26 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 to expand.


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Additional resources:

Other undergraduate bursaries/scholarships available to Laws LLB students
Information on undergraduate living costs/expenses

Email: ug-law@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 5062
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 1414

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National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)
All applicants are required to take the LNAT as soon as possible and no later than 20 January (registration deadline 15 January).

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