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Application procedure

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must complete the application form, enclose the necessary documentation and provide the names of two referees.

To obtain the application form, you can:

Completed forms, attaching all requested documentation, should be submitted to the address on the application form.

Applications that do not include the requisite supporting documentation will not be considered. Applications received by fax or e-mail, will not be considered.

Your application must include detailed information on the following:

  • your educational achievements to date
  • your professional qualifications
  • your employment status
  • your proposed course of study
  • the way in which you have calculated the level of scholarship you are requesting
  • why you believe you should be awarded a scholarship

You will be required to provide two referees who should be unrelated to you and to each other (these references will not be taken up until you have obtained a place on your desired course). The Trustees will require:

  • an academic reference if you have not yet qualified as a solicitor or if you are within 3 years of qualification or in all other cases a reference from a practising solicitor of at least 10 years standing who is not your current employer or employed by your current employer; and
  • a reference from your current employer or, if you are self employed, a reference from a second solicitor of at least 10 years standing who has no connection with your own firm, or if you are currently at university, a reference from a second person not related to you who has known you for at least 4 years

Applications are assessed against the criteria by the trustees, and applicants are selected for interview.

Awards are generally payable in two equal instalments: the first is paid shortly before successful candidates commence their course of study; the balance is paid after successful candidates have submitted a report to the trustees at the halfway stage of their studies.

Successful candidates must submit a further, more detailed, report at the completion of their course of study.