Funding your studies

Many people cannot cover the full cost of legal studies by self-funding. You may be able to get extra help through:

  • a student loan
  • sponsorship by a firm
  • scholarships, grants or awards

Student loans

Find out the options for government support for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

If you’re a postgraduate student with an impairment, health condition or learning difficulty, you may also be able to get financial help from Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). You can apply for DSAs for both taught courses and research places.

Sponsorship by a firm

Some law firms will sponsor students who secure training with them, to cover the cost of the:

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC), and/or
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

You'll need to apply for training early if you're seeking this sponsorship, usually in the second year of your law degree or the final year of your non-law degree. You may be asked to commit to working for your sponsor over a longer period. These terms will usually form an agreement in your training contract.

To find out if a firm or organisation sponsors students, you’ll usually need to contact it directly. You can also ask your university or careers service for advice.

LawCareers.Net training contract search has a 'sponsorship' filter to help find firms that offer sponsorship.

International students

If you’re applying from outside the UK and are eligible for a work visa, you can apply for sponsorship to support your studies for the LPC or GDL.

Scholarships, grants and awards

Many universities and some LPC providers offer scholarships. Visit their websites or contact them directly for details.

To find out about local charities and any grant-making trusts for which you may qualify, contact your local authority.

The criteria for these awards vary. Often they can only provide small amounts of money and you should not rely on them for full financial support for either tuition or living costs.

The following websites can also help you check if you're eligible for funding assistance:

  • Turn2Us – national charity with a searchable database of benefits and grants
  • Postgraduate search – scholarships and student bursaries
  • The Scholarship Hub – database of funding available for UK/EU students to help reduce student debts

Below are some grants and awards for candidates from certain backgrounds or circumstances.

If you know of other sources of funding and assistance not mentioned below, email juniorlawyers@lawsociety.org.uk.

Diversity Access Scheme

Our Diversity Access Scheme supports people from low socio-economic backgrounds who want to become solicitors. The scheme can help you fund your LPC.

Human Rights Lawyers’ Association bursary

The Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA) bursary scheme helps law students (either currently studying or recently graduated) to fund human rights work that they could not afford to do otherwise.

Work can take place outside of the UK but must be relevant to human rights law in the UK.

Find out more on the HRLA website

The Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust

Each year, this trust makes one or two grants towards legal training for women from an immigrant or refugee background who plan to practise or teach law in the UK.

Applications are usually open from March to late April.

Find out more on the Garden Court Chambers website

H M Hubbard Law Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to postgraduate law students, trainee solicitors or qualified solicitors in England or Wales, who wish to study law in France, Canada or Spain.

Find out more on the H M Hubbard Law Scholarship website

University and college hardship funds

You may be able to claim extra funds to help to meet living costs at:

  • universities
  • publicly funded colleges

Your university or college decides the amount and how these funds are used.

Contact the student services department at your institution for details.

Resources

Student finance – GOV.UK

Extra money to pay for university – grants, bursaries and hardship funds on GOV.UK

Training contract search – LawCareers.Net

Funding postgraduate study – Prospects

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