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Application for an award
The Law Society’s bursary scheme is funded by several trusts and scholarships that were established
to encourage the development of new solicitors. Awards from the fund are available for students who
have a place on the Common Professional Examination (CPE), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or
the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
Full details of the criteria and eligibility requirements for the scheme are contained in the
accompanying guidance note. Support under the scheme will be conditional upon you successfully
applying for student enrolment with the Law Society, and proving your good character and suitability
to become a solicitor. If you successfully apply for a bursary award and are subsequently
unsuccessful in applying for student enrolment with the Law Society, the offer of support may
You must complete this application form if you wish to apply for a bursary award to assist with your
course fees. Please read the accompanying guidance on making an application first. It is in your
interest to include as much information as possible in support of your application (within the word
limits). Applications will be considered and scored against the criteria for the scheme. Shortlisted
candidates will be invited to attend an interview to discuss their application further.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 16.00 on Wednesday 30 April 2007. It will not be
possible to consider your application if it is received after this date. It is your responsibility to
ensure that we receive your application by the deadline.
First name Surname
Title (Mr/Mrs/Ms etc)
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To be eligible to apply for an award you must have a confirmed place on a Common Professional
Examination course/Graduate Diploma in Law course or on a Legal Practice Course.
1. I confirm that I have a place on the following course of study:
Course Full time or Course Provider name & address
Graduate Diploma in Law
Legal Practice Course
If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide the letter confirming your
place on the course. The interview will not go ahead without that confirmation. Do not submit a
letter with this form.
2. Are you already a student member of the Law Society?
3. Please answer the following questions
a. Have you ever been convicted of an offence (other than a
motoring offence which did not result in disqualification) in
any court of the UK or elsewhere?
b. Have you ever committed an act of plagiarism or cheating in
any form of assessment?
c. Are there any other factors, such as bankruptcy, county
court judgments or any other matter relating to your
character and suitability to become a solicitor which should
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d. Are you a member of a professional body in the UK or in
any other country? If yes please say which body below.
e. Are you or have you ever been under investigation by that
body for any matters?
f. Have you ever been criticised, censured, disciplined,
suspended or the subject of any other disciplinary activity by
g. Have you ever been subjected to an investigation about
alleged misconduct or malpractice in connection with a
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions please provide further information below.
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Commitment to a career as a solicitor
To be considered for a bursary award, you will need to demonstrate that you are committed to a
career as a solicitor.
4. Please state why you wish to join the legal profession and what contribution you think you
could make to it.
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5. Please give details of any work experience or vacation placements you have undertaken
together with details of how you secured the placements. If you have not undertaken any work
experience or vacation placements, please give details of attempts you have made to secure a
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To be considered for a bursary award you will need to demonstrate that you have the ability to
succeed as a solicitor.
6. Please provide details of schools, colleges or universities attended since the age of 16, dates
of attendance and qualifications gained including grades. If you are shortlisted for interview
you will be required to provide the original degree certificate and any relevant
vocational or professional qualification certificates. If you have not yet been awarded
your degree you will be required to provide a transcript of your marks to date. Do not
provide any certificates with this application form.
School/college/university Qualifications Grade
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7. Please provide details of any vocational or professional qualifications held.
8. If you feel that there are reasons why your academic achievements to date do not reflect your
full potential, please provide details below.
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Academic ability (cont/d…)
9. To demonstrate your ability to think like a solicitor and your written communication skills you
are asked to submit a response to the question below (no more than 500 words – essays
over this limit will be disregarded):
“When would you advise a client to opt for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) rather
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Funding your course
Any bursary paid by the Society will contribute to your course fees but you will still be required to fund
the remainder of the course fees and your living expenses.
10. Please indicate below:-
(a) the course fees and living expenses you expect to incur in undertaking the course;
(b) the funding you have already secured, or which you are confident you can obtain, for
(c) the amount you are seeking through the award of a bursary; and
(d) any other information you feel is relevant in the context of your funding for the course
and your living expenses
11. Is any member of your household financially dependent on you? Yes No
If yes, please give details of why the member of your household is financially dependent on
you, the sums involved and whether the dependency is likely to continue during your couurse .
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Please give details of the following for you and your spouse/partner.
(All figures should represent
Saving and investments
Value of personal savings
Value of personal investments
12. Please state below –
(a) whether you have already secured a training contract and if so provide details.
(b) If you have not yet secured a training contract or financial support, details of any
efforts you have made to do so, such as applying for a student loan
(c) any other financial information you feel is relevant to your personal circumstances in
the context of this application
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If you are called for interview, you will be asked to expand on the information provided in your
application and to explain why you feel you should receive a bursary. Interviews will be held in
London on Thursday 3 July and Friday 4 July 2008. We will reimburse travel expenses: details
will be given to you if you are invited for interview.
We will contact you by phone or email by Friday 30 May 2008 if you have been shortlisted.
Please do not contact us, we will write to unsuccessful applicants.
If you are shortlisted for interview you will be asked to provide two references. We will give you
guidance on references when we contact you about an interview. You should think about who you
would ask for a reference if asked – for example, an employer or tutor - who can tell us more about
your abilities and potential.
If you require any further information about the Law Society’s bursary scheme, please email
Information provided by you in this application form will be kept for the purpose of monitoring. Once
the selection process is completed, the data will be stored for a maximum of six months and then
destroyed. In submitting this form you are confirming that the information is complete and correct and
that you understand that if you knowingly provide false information, any offer of a bursary may be
withdrawn. You consent to the use of this information as outlined above.
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(Official use only)
Equality of opportunity
The information below will be separated from your application as soon as it is received. It will
not be passed on to anyone involved in selection.
The Law Society operates an equal opportunity policy. To help us monitor its effectiveness,
please complete this section and tick the appropriate boxes below:
What is your gender? Male Female
Would you describe yourself as having a disability? * Yes No
*Defined as applying to anyone who has a substantial physical or mental impairment, which has
lasted or is likely to last at least 12 months and which affects their ability to carry out normal activities
done by most people on a regular basis.
Please tick the box from the list below which best describes the ethnic group to which you belong.
Ethnic group is understood as any group defined by race, colour, culture, ethnic or national origins.
White Black or Black British Asian or Asian British
English, Scottish, Welsh,
Black Caribbean Indian
Irish Black African Pakistani
Any other white background Any other black background Bangladeshi
Please specify Please specify Any other Asian background
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