We are committed to supporting talented young people, who have the potential to benefit from and contribute to the legal profession. Our aim is to ensure that, if you have drive and talent, money will not be a barrier to becoming a solicitor in Scotland. We will give priority to individuals from less-advantaged backgrounds, so your social and economic situation will be taken into consideration.
In order to be eligible to apply, you need to be able to answer yes to the following questions:
- Do you have an offer to study a Scot's law LLB at a Scottish university* starting in the coming year?
- Do your circumstances mean you would be unable to attend university due to your financial situation?
- Are you currently at school or college, or have left school/college within the last two years (but not currently attending university)?
*In order to apply, you must have a place to study a Scot's Law LLB at one of the ten universities accredited by the Law Society of Scotland (see list below.) If you have a conditional offer, we recommend you apply and the offer of a bursary will be conditional on the offer of a place on the LLB course.
- Applications will only be accepted from an applicant who is intending to study the law degree (known as the LLB) at one of the ten universities accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.
- The bursary is only available to students starting their course in 2023.
- The payment of any bursary awarded will not take place until the Lawscot Foundation is in receipt of all evidence required, including the school report and reference, and evidence of matriculation.
- Bursaries will be paid in two instalments, in October and January of each academic year.
- Bursary recipients are required to take part in the Lawscot Foundation Mentoring Scheme, meeting regularly with their mentor.
- If the recipient leaves or fails to engage regularly with the Mentoring Scheme without the permission of the Lawscot Foundation trustees, then future bursary payments will cease.
- Lawscot Foundation bursaries are awarded for the duration of the undergraduate course. Bursary recipients will be required to demonstrate that they are progressing from year to year and meeting a high academic standard and will be expected to provide the trustees with a report each year with details of their progress.
- Upon successful completion of the undergraduate course, students will be guaranteed a bursary payment of £2,750 during the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice course if they undertake the course within 30 months of the completion of the LLB. Students wishing to undertake the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice course after 30 months of the completion of the degree can make an application to the Trustees for financial support of up to £2,750 and this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Bursary recipients will be expected to forward copies of their exam results to the Lawscot Foundation each year and those results must show that the student is capable of passing their degree. If a recipient falls to meet these academic standards then the Lawscot Foundation trustees will investigate, and if necessary, stop any and all future bursary payments.
- Lawscot Foundation bursary recipients are required to take part in Lawscot Foundation marketing and fundraising activities. This will typically be limited to the occasional picture and interview by the Lawscot Foundation about their progress and consent to being named in Lawscot Foundation literature.
- Bursary recipients must attend a minimum of three engagement / career development events each year of receiving the bursary including the annual Kirk Murdoch Scholarship networking skills event hosted by Pinsent Masons. This is in addition to the mandatory induction session.
- Bursary recipients must declare an individual from their university who will be contacted in the event that the bursary recipient is non-responsive to communication from the Lawscot Foundation. Please note: This individual will only be contacted if we have concerns about your welfare.
- Bursary recipients are required to meet with a Law Society staff member at least once a semester for an in-formal catch-up.
- Upon being awarded a Lawscot Foundation bursary, successful applicants will have signed the terms and conditions confirming that they understand and agree to the terms & conditions outlined above and that failure to adhere to them may lead to their bursary award being withdrawn.
The universities accredited to offer the are:
- The University of Aberdeen
- The University of Abertay
- The University of Dundee
- The University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Napier University
- The University of Glasgow
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Robert Gordon University
- The University of Stirling
- The University of Strathclyde