Funding & Scholarships

Please note: New funding opportunities will be added here as they are confirmed so you may wish to check back occasionally to see whether new scholarships have been added.

You can also find more information about scholarships offered by UCL on the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Faculty of Laws LLM Scholarships 2018-19

The Faculty offers ten £5,000 Bentham Scholarships and one £1,000 Joseph Hume Scholarship for the LLM programme 2018-19.

There is no application for the scholarships and all eligible applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarships if they are offered a place on the LLM programme. The scholarships will be based upon academic merit using the application submitted for the LLM programme. In order to be eligible for a scholarshipUCL must receive a complete LLM programme application by 5pm on Friday 19th January 2018. Please note the application will not be considered complete if you apply online by 5pm on Friday 19th January 2018 but your application is still pending one or both references.

We should hopefully have the outcome of the LLM scholarships by the end of April 2018 and only those successful will be notified by email. If you receive no notification by the end of April 2018, then you should assume that you have unfortunately not been successful.

Leonard Sainer Scholarships 2017-18

Closing Date: 4.00pm, Friday 9th February 2018

Leonard Sainer was a law graduate of UCL (1929 – 1932) and went on to become a prominent City solicitor, the director of a number of public companies and a generous philanthropist. He passed away in 1991.

The Foundation, which was set up in his memory (and which is administered by Dechert LLP), funds two scholarships each year at UCL to be awarded to final year law students (completing the LLB or LLM) or students who graduated (with an LLB or LLM) in the previous year (2017). The selected students must intend to practise law in England and Wales on a permanent basis – preferably one as a Solicitor, the other as a Barrister. Each scholarship will be in the amount of £15,000 and used towards the cost of full-time courses leading to final professional examinations, LPC or BPTC (currently approximately £15,000 [LPC] or £18,500 [BPTC] per annum).

To be eligible for this scholarship, you should be able to demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • Financial need or other instances of hardship;
  • A commitment to practise away from the large City and regional law firms and Commercial and Chancery chambers (which usually offer financial support) and instead to focus on social welfare law areas including family, criminal, immigration, housing law, etc;
  • The likelihood of achieving at least a 2:1 degree in the LLB examinations or a Merit in the LLM examinations;
  • Right to work in the UK.

Interested applicants must submit their applications by 4pm on Friday 9th February 2018. LLB students or LLB graduates must submit their application to the Undergraduate Office, UCL Faculty of Laws, Bidborough House, 38-50 Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9BT. LLM students or LLM graduates must submit their application to the Graduate Office, UCL Faculty of Laws, Bidborough House,38-50 Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9BT.

The application must take the form of:

  • A completed Leonard Sainer Application Form, which will be made available from 6th November 2017. You should ensure that the ‘Additional Information’ section of the application form explains:-
    • Why you wish to become a solicitor or barrister;
    • What area of law you would like to practise in;
    • Your commitment to practise away from the large City and regional law firms, Commercial and Chancery chambers and instead to focus on social welfare law (including, for example, details of paid or unpaid work experience/pro-bono work and law firms/chambers to whom you intend to apply to undertake your training contract or pupillage.
  • An academic reference (preferably from UCL but not necessarily so) which should indicate whether, in the referee’s view, the applicant is likely to prove a worthwhile member of the legal profession;
  • Satisfactory evidence of the financial position of both you and your immediate family. This will normally include copies of the your bank statements for the last 6 months, a letter from your parents or guardian and evidence of the financial position of anyone who might otherwise be expected to provide financial support.

A shortlist of candidates will be selected who will be invited to interview in June 2018 (date tbc). The shortlist should aim to comprise two candidates intending to become solicitors and two intending to go to the Bar, but only if this is practicable and reflects the merit of the candidates.

The final awards will be made by the panel comprising, inter alia, representatives of the Faculty of Laws and the Leonard Sainer Foundation. In reaching its decision, the panel may use its discretion to waive, modify or add to all but the first of the above criteria. The award will be paid directly to the course provider. If no suitable candidates apply, no awards will be made. The award may not be deferred.