A series of awards giving high achieving students a head start in their legal careers has been announced by The College of Law. The LL.B Star Awards, GDL Gold Awards, LL.M LPC Lunar Awards and BPTC Platinum Awards are based on academic achievement and will provide gifted law students with up to £3,000 towards their fees.
More than 100 awards are available and are open to students with top class academic qualifications, who are starting either the two-year undergraduate LL.B law degree, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), the LL.M Legal Practice Course (LLM.LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at any of the College’s eight nationwide centres in September 2013.
These awards are in addition to the recently announced 2013/2014 scholarship programmes for these same four courses, which require entrants to submit presentations addressing set topics.
The College of Law is the largest provider of professional legal education and training in Europe and last week announced that it has been granted university title and will be rebranding as The University of Law in early 2013.
Sarah Hutchinson, Board Member for Business Development at The College of Law, said: “These prestigious awards have been created in order to attract the most academically gifted students to the legal profession by giving them a helping hand with their fees. The UK legal services sector makes a significant contribution to the success of ‘UK plc’, contributing more than £19bn to the UK economy annually, and is a great success story in the context of the UK’s impact within global commerce. It is vital that top class students are continually entering the profession to secure the sector’s future growth.”
The LL.B Star Awards are open to students with 360 UCAS points or above, or the equivalent. There are 30 awards available, each worth £1,500 towards fees. To be eligible students must select The College of Law as their firm choice via UCAS by May 10, 2013 and apply for the award by June 14, 2013.
The GDL Gold Awards, the LL.M LPC Lunar Awards and BPTC Platinum Awards all provide £3,000 towards fees.
There are 35 GDL Gold Awards available and they are open to students with a First Class Honours undergraduate degree in any subject or a distinction at Masters level. To enter students must accept their place at the College by December 31, 2012 and apply for the award by August 9, 2013. The GDL gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession.
The LL.M LPC is new for 2013 and is unique to the College in awarding students not only with an LPC qualification allowing them to progress to the next stage of solicitor training, but also with an internationally-recognised Master of Laws.
Students with either a First Class Honours undergraduate degree in any subject, a distinction at Masters level or a GDL pass with distinction can apply for one of 24 LLM.LPC Lunar Awards. Entrants must accept their place by December 31, 2012 and apply for the award by August 2, 2013.
Finally, aspiring barristers can apply for a BPTC Platinum Award. The awards have the same academic entry criteria as the LL.M LPC awards and 13 are available. To enter students must accept their place by April 5, 2013 and apply for the award by July 26, 2013.