Legal Cheek talks… crowdfunding law school fees

One bar hopeful bagged £12,500 from a mystery donor to help pursue her legal dream

Earlier this month Legal Cheek brought you the story of Leila Taleb. Star of BBC3’s Breaking out in Bradford, Lancaster University graduate Taleb explained to viewers how difficult it can be for working class graduates, like herself, to become barristers.

Revealing to us that she had been denied a scholarship by Inner Temple to pursue her studies, Taleb — refusing to give up on her dream — launched a crowdfunding page in the hope of raising some much-needed cash. Incredibly, less than a week later a “mystery person” coughed up a whopping £12,500 to help cover the cost of her Bar Professional Training Course.

In our latest live Facebook broadcast, Legal Cheek’s Katie King and Tom Connelly discuss whether crowdfunding law school fees is the way forward.

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Katie and Tom, when will you make a video talking about your readers’ favourite law firms? I obviously mean: Irwin Mitchel; DWF; Jones Day; and CMS Nabwang. Did I miss any TOP firms?

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Yet another example of misuse of a great idea. JustGiving is a useful tool for people to raise money for causes, charities and issues that are much bigger than ourselves. It may be clever on the face of it but it is stupid. I recently raised money for a charity using this site as I ran a marathon to raise awareness and money for a cause dear to my heart that affects us all in society. Yes, entrance into the legal profession is hard, maybe even an issue in society, but this has been done for one person and one person alone will benefit. You want to change things, we do this together in a different manner for everyone so that everyone can benefit.

Like I said before, this is a innovative way to do this but selfish and devalues this particular student’s case. She discusses the hardship of coming from a low-income area, having to work hard for everything you have and the success of it all when achieving what many think you cannot. It all comes crumbling down when you do something like this and receive a handout, you are no better than the people you are trying to challenge.

Hard work and effort will always prevail and many of us who do not receive handouts and favours will fight for change for everyone and not attempt so selfishness as we realise that a legal career is a marathon not a sprint.

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