For information on course fees for both the full time and part time LPC, please see the dedicated course listing.
SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR LPC STUDENTS
There is no centrally supported fund for postgraduate study but set out below are some funding options you may wish to investigate. Please check with the organisations concerned for current details as we do not guarantee the continuing availability or the detailed requirements of any of the options mentioned. In addition, you will probably be aware that many larger firms and organisations do provide help to their prospective trainees with LPC fees and living expenses whilst on the course.
- Grants and bursaries
- Law Society sources of funding
- Local authority grants - discretionary awards
- Cardiff University sources
- Specific grants and bursaries from local charities or grant making trusts
- Council Tax Exemption
A Professional and Career Development Loan is a deferred repayment bank loan between £300 and £10,000, available for Masters or professional qualifications. Banks usually take between six and 12 weeks to process your application so apply well in advance.
This scheme is intended to help fund the training of new legal aid solicitors. Grants support legal aid firms and other organisations offering training contracts within the scheme. The grants help students by contributing towards tuition fees for the full or part time LPC, and assist firms by contributing towards the trainee’s minimum salary and by paying the fees for the professional skills course. To benefit you need to have a training contract with a legal aid firm or other organisation within the scheme. See
The website of the Junior Lawyers division of the Law Society gives further information on funding schemes offered by the Law Society. These include the Diversity Access Scheme and the Law Society Bursary Scheme.
The Diversity Access Scheme supports individuals who will have to overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor. These may be of a social or personal nature, relate to difficult family circumstances or to a disability that makes the goal of qualifying as a solicitor a particularly challenging one. The scheme provides scholarships to cover LPC course fees and successful applicants will also automatically qualify for support through the Law Society’s mentoring scheme.
The bursary scheme is funded through a number of trusts established to
support the development of individuals who can demonstrate exceptional academic ability and potential as a solicitor. Applicants can specify the amount of the bursary they wish to apply for up to the total course fees but must have a confirmed place on an LPC course before an application can be submitted.
The application form for both the above schemes is downloadable from
http://juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk/files/busary-DAS-application-form-mar09.doc Details of the application processes for 2010/11 will be published on the above site in early 2010.
Discretionary awards are very limited and the criteria and submission deadlines vary between local authorities. Contact your local authority for further information.
The postgraduate DSA is a single allowance of up to £10,260 per year (2009/10) to cover the cost of any specialist equipment, general items and non-medical help. It may be possible to top up the DSA with a Financial Contingency Fund grant – see below. The Cardiff University Disability and Dyslexia Service will assist you with an application to your funding body. The Service is at 50 Park Place, Cardiff, tel. 02920 874528, fax 02920 874844. There is more information at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/dyslx/fund/index.html
EU and International students are not eligible for the DSA. For such students Cardiff University has set aside a Disabled Students’ Fund to which applications can be made via the Disability and Dyslexia Service.
The Fund provides non-repayable grants to help eligible students in financial hardship. You can apply at any time during the academic year once you are enrolled. Awards can help with general living costs or costs such as childcare, but not tuition fees. You should be able to show you have basic funding to support yourself throughout the course. Self-funding students are also expected to have taken out a commercial loan (eg PCDL / PTLS) at least equal to the value of the fees. The size of the fund is limited and is for home rather than international students, although children of EU migrants may also be eligible. Priority is given to:
-students with children;
-students over 25;
-students from low income families, care leavers and foyer students;
-final year students in financial difficulties; and
-students who need help with childcare costs.
If you are not in a priority group, you may still be eligible if you provide full details of your particular needs or extra costs. Contact the Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place, Cardiff, or see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/financialsupport/index.html
This is a discretionary fund for home or international undergraduate or postgraduate students who may be experiencing an unforeseen financial crisis. The fund is limited and priority is given to students nearing the end of their course. The fund is usually used to help international students in specific circumstances, although there is no minimum or maximum award. Further information is available from the Student Support Centre (details above).
Eligibility requirements vary and are often very specific. Awards usually consist of small sums. To see what is available, try:
- the awards officer at your local authority; or
- your local library; or
- your local Law Society, which may know of or operate a scheme.
Three examples of specific grants are set out below.
The Trust provides assistance with educational expenses such as tuition fees to eligible students of Cardiff University who are experiencing hardship. Home students studying on the LPC who do not have sponsorship are eligible and priority is given to mature students and students from South Wales. Contact the Cardiff Student Support Centre (see above).
The Foundation awards a grant each year of approximately £2,000 to a law student or pupil barrister or trainee solicitor. In considering applications the Trustees will have regard to (a) the applicant’s means, ie need, and (b) an intention to practise within Wales. Applicants should submit details in writing enclosing (a) a comprehensive CV to date; (b) details of means; and
(c) statement of intended career path to: The Foundation Secretary, Mr D M R Singh, The Swansea Legal Charitable Foundation, c/o 4&6 Orchard Street, Swansea SA1 5AG. Applications usually close at the end of January.
The Trust makes one or two grants per year to women from immigrant or refugee backgrounds who intend to practise or teach law in the UK.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
The Administrator, Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust
2 Garden Court Chambers, Middle Temple, London EC4Y 9BL
If you share private accommodation with other students you may not have to pay council tax. You may need a certificate from the University verifying your student status.