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Diversity Access Scheme

  • Applications to the Diversity Access Scheme will open on 17 February 2020.

    Email diversityaccessscheme@lawsociety.org.uk if you have any questions.

    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

    To apply, you must have no more than £5,000 in savings. You must also have:

    • had free school meals
    • gone to a non fee-paying school
    • been the first generation of your family to attend higher education

    If you cannot show the above, you must tell us about exceptional circumstances that have made it hard for you to become a solicitor. These can be linked to your:

    • gender and/or gender identity
    • ethnicity
    • sexual orientation
    • disability and/or long-term health condition
    • education
    • other personal obstacles

    How to apply

    Applications reopen in February 2020.

    You’ll need to complete an application form. We’ll add the form to this page when you can apply.

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

    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