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Diversity Access Scheme

  • Opening doors, changing lives: scholarships for the solicitors of tomorrow

    Applications for the Diversity Access Scheme 2018 are now open! Please download the application form and read the application guidance carefully. If you have any questions that are not answered by the guidance, please contact Leila, Diversity Access team member. Ensure you submit your application by the closing date of Sunday 8 April.

    Note that DAS 2018 is for the academic year 2018/19.

    Applications to the Diversity Access Scheme are subject to eligibility criteria. Please check to see whether you are eligible to apply.

    What is the DAS?

    The Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme is a scholarship with a difference. It provides awardees with:


    Funding for up to the full cost of your LPC fees.

    Professional contacts

    A professional mentor to help answer your questions about starting a career in law.

    Opportunities to gain work experience

    Work experience placements, brokered through the Law Society.

    Already the DAS has helped over 180 students complete their professional education. If you don't have the financial means to pay for your LPC, the DAS might be able to help.


    Who should apply for the DAS?

    Eligibility criteria for the DAS can be found at the top of this page. Please read this criteria carefully to see whether you are eligible to apply.

    DAS Alumni

    Previous alumni have experienced time in local authority care, resisted coercion into arranged marriage, escaped oppressive regimes and battled for access to university with severe physical disabilities.

    Other alumni have not had to face these sorts of extraordinary challenges but have faced financial and social hardship growing up in households where there was very little money and support to enable them to pursue their studies.

    Whatever their obstacles, all have shown tenacity and commitment to furthering their career and the academic skills to become solicitors.

    In the video below, Diversity Access Scheme alumni, Richele Bridge, shares her experience of how the Law Society supported her to pursue a career in law.

  • How you and your firm can be involved in the Diversity Access Scheme

    If you would like to support the scheme by:

    • sponsoring a place
    • acting as a mentor
    • offering work experience opportunities

    please email:


    The Diversity Access Scheme benefits from the generous support of the A W Blackwell Bequest.

    The DAS is also generously sponsored by the follow organisations:

    • RBS
    • BP
    • Hogan Lovells
    • Withers LLP
    • Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University
    • University of Westminster
    • BPP Law School
    • The University of Law
    • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Homeless at 16, qualified solicitor at 28

    'DAS recognised my achievements and believed in my capabilities, not only to be an excellent solicitor, but also a solicitor of diversity, with experiences which would enable me to bring something different to the profession.'

    > Read the blog
  • Scheme testimonials

    "Not only has the Diversity Access Scheme given me the funding I needed to complete my LPC, it has also shown that my hard work in extreme circumstances is genuinely valued by the profession. At a time when I had all but given up hope of qualification the award has given me the funding to enable me to begin planning for a career in law."

    “The Diversity Access Scheme is much more than just funding… it has allowed me to push through social and financial barriers and pursue my dream of a career in the legal profession. There are no words to fully express my gratitude for the opportunity it has given me."