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Diversity Access Scheme

  • Applications to the Diversity Access Scheme 2020 are now open

    Due to the unfolding situation with COVID-19, deadlines for the Diversity Access Scheme may change at short notice. This includes when you might expect to hear back as to whether your application has been short listed. Check this page regularly for updates.

    IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, staff are not on the Law Society premises. Do not send your Diversity Access Scheme application by post. If you cannot apply online or use the PDF form/email, email Leila at to discuss how to submit your application.

    Make sure you read the eligibility criteria and application guidance before filling in the application form.

    If you have any questions not covered by the application guidance, or require additional support or adjustments, email

    The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme supports people from low socio-economic backgrounds who want to become solicitors.

    The scheme offers 10 diversity scholarships each year. Each place includes:

    • a bursary to fund your Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • work experience
    • mentoring support

    Who can apply

    Read the full eligibility criteria (PDF 40 KB) to see who can apply.

    How to apply

    Read the application guidance (PDF 266 KB) before completing your application form.

    You may apply for the scheme via:

    We prefer online applications where possible using the form below.

    Alternatively, you can complete the application form (PDF 308 KB) and submit it by email.

    You’ll also need to answer the essay question in the application form. Essay questions in previous years have been on topics such as Brexit, legal aid and government resourcing.

    If you choose to complete the PDF application form, submit your application by email to

    If you're visually impaired and need assistance accessing the DAS application guidance, eligibility criteria and application form, email Leila at

    All documentation for the Diversity Access Scheme will be available on this page in Welsh in April.

    Work experience and mentoring

    As part of the scheme, we offer you the chance to be matched with a professional mentor and to get work experience during your studies. We’ll help find a placement in a practice area that interests you.

    Previous host organisations have included:

    Find out how the Diversity Access Scheme has helped others