Charles Russell Speechlys teams up with ULaw to offer £5,000 scholarship/vac scheme combo

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By Thomas Connelly on

But the deadline is Friday ?

City law firm Charles Russell Speechlys has joined forces with The University of Law (ULaw) to offer a lucky wannabe lawyer a substantial postgraduate scholarship and a stint of work experience.

The collaboration will see one student handed £5,000 to put towards either a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a Legal Practice Course (LPC) or a masters at one of ULaw’s branches this September. Moreover, the successful applicant will also be automatically invited to join Charles Russell Speechlys’ summer placement scheme next year.

Now for the small print.

According to ULaw’s scholarship page, applicants must have obtained (or expect to be awarded) at least a 2:1 in any degree discipline at undergraduate level or international equivalent. Further, you will need to have received an offer from ULaw to study one of their postgrad courses and be from a household where income over the past year has been £25,000 or less. Finally, students who have already secured a training contract cannot apply.

Commenting on the new partnership, Hamish Perry, graduate recruitment partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said:

The aim of this initiative is to support students who may not have the means to further their studies as well as recognising their hard work and achievements to date. The legal sector offers a multitude of employment opportunities and this scholarship is designed to be a helping hand to recruiting additional talent.

Fancy applying? Well you haven’t got long. Despite Legal Cheek only getting wind of the new scholarship yesterday, the deadline is tomorrow. Interviews are scheduled to take place later this month with the successful candidate being notified no later than 6 September.

Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that Charles Russell Speechlys offers roughly 24 training contracts annually. The private client specialist pays year one trainees £37,000, rising to £39,000 in year two. Newbie associates earn £61,000.

According to ULaw’s website, GDL fees at its London centres (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) currently stand at £10,890, while an LPC will set you back £15,685.

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