Funding information

The total cost of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister is quite considerable and prospective entrants to the profession should investigate potential sources of funding available at each stage of qualification.

Today, the cost of fees for postgraduate courses, living expenses and resources is likely to be well in excess of £10,000 per annum (so non-lawyers are potentially looking at £20,000+). Many providers will let you pay in instalments, but it's best to check this with them before you commit to undertaking any course.

The following information and links provide assistance about the types of funding that may be available to you.

  • Firm sponsorship – if you’re lucky enough to receive an offer of a training contract from many major law firms they will usually offer some form of sponsorship often covering fees for GDL and/or LPC courses as well as generous living grants throughout your year(s) of study.  It’s advisable to check with firms about their individual policy before signing up to undertake further legal training
  • Inns of Court sponsorship – each of the four Honourable Societies offers a range of scholarships for students interested in pursuing the BPTC to become a barrister
  • Postgraduate provider sponsorship – more recently, it’s become more common for the course providers themselves to offer a number of awards, scholarships and bursaries to prospective students
  • Law Society bursaries ­– The Law Society has an annual fund for sponsorship and diversity opening in January each year, usually with a deadline of April.  Applicants are generally expected to have secured a place on the LPC before applying.  Call 0870 606 2555 or email bursaryapplications@lawsociety.org.uk for further information
  • Professional and Career Development Loans – these government backed loans of between £300 and £10,000 are sometimes available for candidates seeking to pursue work-related learning for up to two years (three if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work).  Contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 (freephone) for more details
  • Graduate bank loans – whilst not as common as they were, some high street banks will still provide loans of £1,000 - £15,000 for students on specific LPC courses so it’s worth shopping around and reviewing their websites
  • Charities and grant-making trusts – there are numerous organisations who provide financial help towards vocational training.  Contact the Education Grants Advisory Service (egas.enquiry@fwa.org.uk) for more information
  • Local authority grants – some authorities will provide financial assistance on courses so it’s worth contacting them directly for further information
  • Study bursaries for LLM students – Postgrad Solutions Ltd offers two Global LLM Study Bursaries to the value of £500 open to both UK and international students to help fund their chosen Master of Law programme

The Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society has information on various forms of support and further information on some of these ideas can be found in websites section of our useful resources.

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