Paying for the Legal Practice Course can be hard, particularly as you aren’t privy to the same funding you get as an undergraduate.
Luckily, LPC scholarships serve to ease the financial burden of the course. Of course, Legal Practice Course scholarships aren’t your only funding option, so make sure you check out other sources too.
Instead of putting together a vague article about LPC scholarships, we’ve decided to cut to the chase and give you what you really want: a good list of the available scholarships.
Although we have tried to be accurate, we may have missed out some. In addition, the criteria, or indeed the scholarships, might be subject to change.
Legal Practice Course provider scholarships…
BPP have got a huge range of scholarships available for their LPC students offering financial support ranging from £1,000 to the full cost of tuition.
The eligibility requirements for the scholarships vary: some are diversity focussed or awarded on the basis of financial need, whilst others are centred on academic merit.
The scholarships available include:
- Vice Chancellor's scholarship - full cost of tuition.
- International bursary - £1,000 per year.
- Cohen Excellence Scholarship - up to £5,000.
- Career Guarantee Scholarship - up to £3,000.
- Law School Dean's Scholarship - up to £5,000.
More information about these can be found on the BPP scholarships page.
City University London Scholarships
City University offers up to ten full-fee scholarships and 100 partial-fee scholarships across all its law postgraduate courses - so that includes the LPC! You will need to be an offer holder for a course at City, and have achieved either a First or a 2.1 at undergraduate level.
If you land a partial-fee scholarship, you could have £3,000 of the cost of your LPC covered, and if you're lucky enough to get a full scholarship, all of your fees will be taken care of!
The University of Law
The University of Law has a number of scholarships open to LPC students. Their application process starts online, and you will need to provide certain details such as your household income and degree class (either acheived or predicted).
Choose Law full-fee scholarships - there are four of these on offer, and they are available to GDL and MA Law students as well as people hoping to study the LPC. Anyone with a household income of £25,000 or less, who has recieved an offer to study at the University of Law, may be eligible. You will also need to have a lower second class at degree level (or equivalent).
Law First scholarships - There are ten scholarships of £5,000 each available to LPC students who have acheived a First Class degree. Again, your household income must be lower than £25,000.
The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award - Intended for students who may not otherwise get the chance to study law due to personal circumstances, this award could be worth between £1,000 and £3,000. You will need to show academic excellence and have a household income lower than £25,000.
The Law Society - There is a scholarship available to one LPC student as part of the Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme (DAS). In addition to full funding, you could receive a professional mentor and work experience placements brokered by the the Law Society. Again, you need to have an offer to study on a University of Law course, and be from a household with an income lower than £25,000.
The Rice-Jones Scholarship - available at Manchester and Chester campuses only, the award can be from £1,000 to full funding of course fees and maintainance.
Manchester Met LPC Scholarships
Manchester Met University has nine scholarships at £1,000 each to award to LPC students. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit, commitment to a career as a solicitor, and demonstration of the qualities needed of a trainee solicitor.
Other LPC scholarships…
The Graham Rushton Award for Blind and Partially Sighted Law Students
The details: The Graham Rushton Award is a grant of around £7,000 for blind and partially-sighted students studying English law in the UK. Preference is given to law courses without local authority funding, such as the LPC and BPTC.
What’s the damage? £7,000
Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust
The details: Trust applies to women from immigrant or refugee backgrounds who want to practise or teach law in the UK.
Every summer, the Trust makes one award (sometimes two) of £2,000 to go towards undertaking Bar or solicitors' exams, pupillage, solicitors' training, or other legal placement or research in the UK or abroad.
What’s the damage? £2,000
Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
The details: This scheme is devoted to offering financial assistance to “exceptional” individuals looking to undertake the Legal Practice Course who “face or have overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor.”
These barriers could be anything from financial, social and educational obstacles, to a disability or a chronic health condition.
What’s the damage? Financial assistance, work experience and mentoring opportunities.