Training to become a barrister or solicitor is a competitive and expensive business. The legal profession has made efforts to become more accessible to aspiring lawyers from all backgrounds and to increase the diversity of its members, but the financial cost remains an enormous barrier for many.
Faced with paying university tuition fees, the ridiculously expensive costs of the professional training courses and then funding themselves through a training contract or pupillage, many find themselves starting their working life with enormous debts.
That’s the scary part, but don’t be discouraged. Bursaries, scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid are available to students during undergraduate law degrees through to the graduate diploma in law and professional training courses and training contracts or pupillage.
Unfortunately, finding where that help comes from, can be a challenge and a bit time-consuming. Here’s a guide to what’s on offer at the different stages of your journey into the law that might help make it a bit less bumpy…
Law degree: so I want to be a lawyer … how do I pay for it? http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/oct/19/law-degree-how-pay-bursaries-loans-scholarships?mobile-redirect=false
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