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Funding and Scholarships

This section provides an introduction to the law-specific sources of funding provided by UCL Faculty of Laws.

This section provides an introduction to the law-specific sources of funding provided by UCL Faculty of Laws for the 2019/20 academic year.

In October 2018 UCL Faculty of Laws announced the launch of a brand new series of scholarships for incoming LLM (Master of Laws) students for the 2019/20 academic year.

The Faculty has established a variety of scholarships to increase access for UK based students and those with outstanding academic achievements in addition to Academic Excellence scholarships that are open to all applicants. They will provide life changing opportunities for those who have grown up with financial hardship and also those who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

UCL Laws Dean’s Scholarship 

***Applications are now closed***

UCL Laws Dean’s Scholarship is designed to make our LLM accessible to UK-domiciled students who have been and are of limited means.

These means-tested scholarships provide full fee waiver and £15,000 a year maintenance. Students applying for the means-tested scholarships must meet the standard UCL Laws entry requirements.

How to apply:  Submit your completed Dean’s Scholarship and Future Scholars’ Award Application Form and submit via email to llm-admissions@ucl.ac.uk your supporting statement.  As part of the application process shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview that will decide the final allocation of the scholarship. 

Please refer to the Dean’s Scholarship and Future Scholars’ Award Application Guidance Notes when completing the application form.  

Deadline: Friday 1 March 2019  
Applications received after this date will not be considered.  
To apply for any UCL Faculty of Laws scholarship or awards, you must hold an offer of admission for 2019/20. In order to meet that condition, your application for the LLM programme must have been submitted no later than Friday 25 January 2019 on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply 


UCL Laws Future Scholars Award 

***Applications are now closed***

UCL Laws Future Scholars Awards are designed to increase the accessibility of our LLM to UK-domiciled individuals who have been and are of limited means, and who intend to use their LLM as a stepping stone to doctoral studies.

These means-tested scholarships provide full fee waiver and £15,000 a year maintenance. Students applying for the means-tested scholarships must meet the standard UCL Laws entry requirements.

How to apply:  Submit your completed Dean’s Scholarship and Future Scholars’ Award Application Form and submit via email to llm-admissions@ucl.ac.uk 

You should provide a (max) 1500 word statement setting out the area of scholarship that you intend to explore in your phd, and why, and explaining why an LLM at UCL will contribute to your plans to be an academic. Your statement should include citations, which are included in the word limit.  As part of the application process shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview that will decide the final allocation of the award. 

Please refer to the Dean’s Scholarship and Future Scholars’ Award application guidance document when completing the application form.

Deadline: Friday 1 March 2019 
Applications received after this date will not be considered.  
To apply for any UCL Faculty of Laws scholarship or awards, you must hold an offer of admission for 2019/20. In order to meet that condition, your application for the LLM programme must have been submitted no later than Friday 25 January 2019 on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply
 

UCL Laws Academic Excellence Scholarships 

***Applications are now closed***


UCL Laws Academic Excellence Scholarships is designed to support individuals with outstanding academic achievements to study UCL’s LLM. 

These scholarships provide a £10,000 fee reduction and are not means tested. 

How to apply:  Submit your completed Academic Excellence Scholarships Application Form.

Please refer to the Academic Excellence Scholarships application guidance document when completing the application form.

Deadline: Friday 1 February 2019  
Applications received after this date will not be considered.  
To apply for any UCL Faculty of Laws scholarship or awards, you must hold an offer of admission for 2019/20. In order to meet that condition, your application for the LLM programme must have been submitted no later than Friday 7 December  2018 on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply


You can also find more information about scholarships offered by UCL on the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.
 

Leonard Sainer Scholarship

Leonard Sainer was a law graduate of UCL (1929 – 1932) and went on to become a prominent City solicitor, the director of a number of public companies and a generous philanthropist. He passed away 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) or students who graduated in the 2017/18 academic year (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 full-time courses leading to final professional examinations, LPC or BPTC (currently approximately £15,400 [LPC] or £18,500 [BPTC] per annum).

To be eligible for this scholarship, you should be able to demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • financial need or other instances of hardship;
  • a commitment 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 social welfare law areas including family, criminal, immigration, housing law, etc;
  • the likelihood of achieving at least a 2:1 degree in the LLB examinations or a Merit in the LLM examinations;
  • Right to work in the UK.

Application Procedure:

Interested students must submit their applications by 4pm Friday 8th February 2019. Applications are to be submitted to the reception of Graduate Office - Bentham House on the Second Floor. The applications must take the form of:

The application must take the form of:

  • A completed

    PDF iconLeonard Sainer Application Form – available here

  • You should ensure that the ‘Additional Information’ section of the application form explains:
    • why you wish to  become a solicitor or barrister;
    • what area of law you would like to practise in;
    • the evidence of your commitment to practise away from the large City and regional law firms, Commercial and Chancery chambers and instead to focus on social welfare law (for example, details of paid or unpaid work experience/pro-bono work and/or law firms/chambers to whom you intend to apply to undertake your training contract or pupillage.
  • An academic reference (preferably from UCL but not necessarily so) which should indicate whether, in the referee’s view, the applicant is likely to prove a worthwhile member of the legal profession;
  • 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 for the last 6 months, 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 shortlist of candidates will be selected who will be invited to interview in June 2019 (date tbc). 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 final awards will be made by the panel comprising, inter alia, representatives of the Faculty of Laws and representatives of the Leonard Sainer Foundation. In reaching its 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. The award may not be deferred.

Application deadline: 4pm Friday 8th February 2019