We are committed to supporting talented young people, who have the potential to benefit from and contribute to the legal profession. Our aim is to ensure that, if you have drive and talent, money will not be a barrier to becoming a solicitor in Scotland. We will give priority to individuals from less-advantaged backgrounds, so your social and economic situation will be taken into consideration.
In order to be eligible to apply, you need to be able to answer yes to the following questions:
- Do you have an offer to study law (known as the LLB) at a Scottish university* starting in the coming year?
- Is your parental/guardian total annual income under £34,000 and/or do your circumstances mean you would be unable to attend university due to your financial situation?
- Are you currently at school or college, or have left school/college within the last two years (but not currently attending university)?
*In order to apply, you must have a place to study law (known as the LLB) at one of the ten universities accredited by the Law Society of Scotland (see list below.) If you have a conditional offer, we recommend you apply and the offer of a bursary will be conditional on the offer of a place on the LLB course.
There are ten universities in Scotland accredited to offer the LLB. These are:
- The University of Aberdeen
- The University of Abertay
- The University of Dundee
- The University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Napier University
- The University of Glasgow
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Robert Gordon University
- The University of Stirling
- The University of Strathclyde
- Applications will only be accepted from a school/college student or an individual who has left school/college within the last two years, who is intending to study the law degree (known as the LLB) at one of the ten universities accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.
- The bursary is only available to students starting their course in 2021.
- The payment of any bursary awarded will not take place until the Lawscot Foundation is in receipt of all evidence required, including the school report and reference, and evidence of matriculation.
- Bursaries will be paid in two instalments, in October and January of each academic year.
- Bursary recipients are required to take part in the Lawscot Foundation Mentoring Scheme.
- If the recipient leaves the Mentoring Scheme without the permission of the Lawscot Foundation trustees, then future bursary payments will cease.
- Lawscot Foundation bursaries are awarded for the duration of the undergraduate course. Bursary recipients will be required to demonstrate that they are progressing from year to year and meeting a high academic standard and will be expected to provide the trustees with a report each year with details of their progress.
- Bursary recipients will be expected to forward copies of their exam results to the Lawscot Foundation each year and those results must show that the student is capable of passing their degree. If a recipient fails to meet these academic standards, then the Lawscot Foundation trustees will investigate and, if necessary, stop any and all future bursary payments.
- Lawscot Foundation bursary recipients are required to take part in Lawscot Foundation marketing and fundraising activities. This will not be an onerous task and will be limited to the occasional picture and interview by the Lawscot Foundation about their progress and consent to being named in Lawscot Foundation literature.
- If there is a high number of applications, we may require shortlisted candidates to attend an interview. To be considered for a bursary for the Lawscot Foundation, you must be prepared to attend an interview, which, due to current Covid-19 restrictions, may take place via video conference. Under normal circumstances, interviews are held at the Law Society's office at Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EX.
- Bursary recipients must attend a minimum of two engagement events each year of receiving the bursary, including the annual Kirk Murdoch Scholarship networking skills event hosted by Pinsent Masons. This is in addition to the mandatory mentoring training session. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, such events may take place virtually.
- Upon being awarded a Lawscot Foundation bursary, successful applicants will be sent a contract to sign that they understand and agree to the terms & conditions outlined above and that failure to adhere to them may lead to their bursary award being withdrawn.