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First class Brighton Uni law grad set to miss out on Oxford BCL place because she can’t afford the fees

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Ebun Azeez is trying to crowdfund over £30k for prestigious course

Ebun Azeez pictured working at Burger King

A high-achieving law grad has been offered a spot on Oxford University’s elite postgraduate course — but can’t afford the eye-watering fees.

Ebun Azeez started her legal studies aged just 16 at the University of Brighton, where she excelled. After smashing a first in her LLB and scooping a range of academic prizes, the 20-year-old is now working for the students’ union, where she’s Vice President for Academic Experience.

It wasn’t easy: in between the internships that fuelled her passion for the law and a dizzying array of extra-curriculars (she’s a Brownie leader and speaks at events to promote Black History Month), Azeez had to pull shifts in Burger King and the accommodation office to fund her studies.

Now she’s one of just 99 students to be accepted onto the BCL course at Oxford — seen as one of the most demanding and prestigious in the country.

Lectures start this autumn, but there’s just one problem: the £31,000 cost.

Azeez is a first generation graduate, the daughter of small business owners. As an international student, Oxford is beyond her reach financially, unless she can raise the money through crowdfunding.

She needs to raise a grand total of £31,887 on GoFundMe. That would cover the course fees, mandatory levy for Pembroke College, and the crowdfunding admin costs.

That doesn’t even include living costs, which Azeez hopes to cover with support from her sister and by working in the holidays. She tells potential donors:

“My journey as a black female and a first-generation university graduate has not been easy. Despite these barriers and the financial struggles that I faced as an international student in recent years, my commitment to become a lawyer remains stronger than ever. I have worked so hard for this moment to come and the thought of not being able to actualise it for financial reasons is quite frankly devastating.”

Last year, grad Katy Sherian successfully raised £4,500 to fund her BCL studies after opening up about her struggles with endometriosis.

As a black Muslim woman, Azeez would be a rarity among the dreaming spires. Oxford has hit the headlines recently over its lack of diversity. Eight out of 29 Oxford colleges accepted fewer than three black students in the past few years, according to admissions data. Critics such as the MP David Lammy have attacked the institution for not doing enough to improve access for ethnic minority applicants.

Cambridge is also coming under fire, with the Financial Times uncovering figures showing that some of its colleges let in only a handful of black or mixed-race undergrads in recent years. One of them accepted none at all between 2012 and 2016.

If Azeez becomes one of the few black Muslim ladies to take home a BCL, she tells Legal Cheek, it would be life-changing.

During my undergrad it was so hard coping with the financial demands and working multiple jobs alongside my degree. Even getting an offer from Oxford was a dream come true. Going there would mean the world to me.

Good luck to her — the crowdfunding page is here.

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115 Comments

Anonymous

How in the world did she get into Uni at 16? Who took that creep shot of her at BK? Why can’t David Lammy mind his own business?

Fair play to her though, she seems to be a hard worker. Hope it pays off.

Anonymous

A lot of international students tend to go to Uni around 16

Anonymous

Fair play to Azeez and all the best to her.

However, it’s interesting to ponder the following thought experiment:

If there were a white, working class, Christian, Irish male with an equally impressive CV attempting to crowd-fund a place at Oxford, would Legal Cheek care?

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Anonymous

Yes it would. This story isn’t about race, it’s about non traditional unis, socioeconomic backgrounds etc.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

We all know that they might as well re-name the site Diversity Cheek given the ratio of diversity to legal articles here.

Anonymous

Why has my comment citing Legal Cheek’s own article to demonstrate that this demonstrably isn’t true been removed?

Alex, when you make everything about race, gender and religion, it isn’t ‘racist’ or ‘hate speech’ to quote you and point that out!

Anonymous

This is the popular comment Legal Cheek censored:

“As a black Muslim woman, Azeez would be a rarity among the dreaming spires…”

“Cambridge is also coming under fire, with the Financial Times uncovering figures showing that some of its college let in only a handful of black or mixed-race undergrads in recent years.”

“If Azeez becomes one of the few black Muslim ladies to take home a BCL, she tells Legal Cheek, it would be life-changing.”

You’re right. I’m so sorry. This is about nothing more than non traditional unis and socioeconomic backgrounds. I can’t think what gave me the impression Legal Cheek had an unhealthy obsession with this lady’s skin colour, gender and religion. Rest assured, I will punish myself severely for this atrocity.

Anonymous

Err Katy Sherian (granted she is not male)? This is even referenced in the article itself, which you clearly didn’t read.

You just looked at the photo at the top and bashed out a racist comment, didn’t you? That was rather naughty, wasn’t it?

Anonymous

you wouldn’t need to fundraise because you get access to student loan to pay a lower home/EU fee

Anonymous

Misses rather obvious point that many might still try to crowdfund lower fee…

James

Misses the obvious point that there is much less need to fundraise in the hypothetical scenario.

Anonymous

You can choose to do so but it would be much less justifiable since you already have access to better sources of funding

Jen

this comment is rather absurd. If you already have loan and lower tuition fee and still decide to crowdfund to lower your cost of education, then your situation and motive are very different from someone who has to pay much higher fee and have access to no loan. The latter clearly needs alternative sources of financing (like crowdfunding) more.

Anonymous

But she’s an international student, therefore not eligible for the loan…

Not Amused

We used to fund post graduate studies for humanities and arts graduates.

Instead the Labour government decided to cut that funding in order to massively increase the number of universities.

These are choices we as a country make. We may now very well feel that the benefits of having all of these extra universities does not out weigh the cost of having young people like this excluded from post graduate studies.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Taught Masters courses like the BCL haven’t had any state fee funding for well over 20 years. It is also somewhat misleading to conflate the story about admission levels of BAME UK undergraduate students with those of BAME international students either at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Even in 96-97 when I did the BCL there were several BAME UK students on the BCL (including me) and several more international students.

Anonymous

I think you can still get an AHRC grant for the BCL, although I imagine there aren’t many to go around?

Anonymous

Labour did that to increase diversity. Ironic, isn’t it?

Anonymous

All the best! You’ll make it!

Common Law, Common Sense

I feel sympathy for her that she can’t afford the fees but unfortunately, that’s life. She seems to be shocked at her situation, despite the fact that she would have been well aware of the fees when she applied. So she’s an international student and first generation to go to university? Join the club. There are many, many able students who simply don’t bother applying to courses such as Oxford’s BCL because they know they can’t afford to pay for it. I’m not sure what she thought was magically going to happen to her finances if she was accepted. If she really wants to go down this route, she’ll have to do the same as the rest of us and save for it.

> .

Actually, my first question would be this. How can Oxford justify charging 31k for BCL? Yes, it is arguably the best Post Grad course in civil law, however, 31k? o_O

Anonymous

Loadsa rich but stupid kids willing to pay that to top up their undergard degrees from the university of stuffing shit up your ass, to get that oxford prestige. All pay to play these days

Big Dolla

Applicable for most Oxbridge masters. But for the BCL? Not so sure on that.

Anonymous

It’s £31k. That’s inevitably going to limit the competition from the bright but less well off, in a way that competition for undergrad admission to oxford isnt

Big Dolla

Its £20k for UK residents.

Not saying this is so different that your argument is negated, but just that your figure isn’t the full picture.

Also note that undergrad Oxbridge fees sum to around £15k pa for internationals, when including college fees.

Anonymous

Think the better question is why she didn’t university funding. Nearly half the cohort gets substantial funding..

Anonymous

there are a very limited number of scholarships for international students. But it doesn’t mean that if you get admitted you will get funded. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that if you are good enough to be admitted but not enough to get a scholarship, you are expected to give up. Most people dream of an admission to Oxford. Many are fortunate enough just to have to be concerned about getting admission as student loan and lower home/EU fee means little financial barrier. For others without access to such privileges, why trash the fact that they are turning to public fundraising?

Anonymous

Come back and judge this woman when you are accepted onto such a prestigious course but can’t afford it. Until then, pipe down.

Anonymous

Quite. And doing the BCL will not do her any favours in professional terms. All decent Chambers and law firms rightly care about is where you were an undergraduate, because (i) getting into university at this point is the real test of your intellectual prowess, since the competition is at undergraduate entry level (entry to Oxbridge at graduate level is a walk in the park in comparison), and (ii) in the usual scheme of things, you spend more of your time being educated at undergraduate, rather than postgraduate level, so when assessing the quality of your university education, the focus is on where you were an undergraduate. Law firms and Chambers are therefore not fooled by attempts at degree laundering. In this case, all they would see is someone who went to an utterly hopeless university; the class of degree from somewhere like Brighton is irrelevant. She would not have a hope.

Less of a fantasist

What utter rubbish. Sounds like it could even have come from someone whose 2.i on an Oxbridge undergrad wasn’t quite good enough for the BCL place they fancied. If you do very well in a not so great uni for undergrad and go on to get a distinction on the BCL, doors will open. Doors in chambers (as a perusal of chambers websites reveals), doors into academia, and even doors in some snootier city firms that might want the Oxbridge stamp. ‘Degree laundering’ – what a ridiculous notion. If you can do well on the BCL, that’s plenty evidence enough that whatever the nominal prestige of your undergraduate education, you used it to become a very good lawyer.

Less of a fantasist

Not to mention that the competition is, in fact, much tougher to get into the BCL than the undergrad law degree. By numbers it isn’t that different, but the quality is markedly different. At undergrad, there are plenty of people who pass what you call the ‘real test of intellectual prowess’ and then go on to get unimpressive grades and become mediocre lawyers. At a graduate level, looking at their profile book, practically everyone is some kind of prize winner, many seem to have worked at prestigious law firms around the world already, have publications, PhDs, or have come top of their year. How exactly that is supposed to be an easier hurdle to clear, or in any way a walk in the park, is not clear.

Honest Recruiter

The BCL does carry clout with firms that appreciate and seek academic prowess.

Anonymous

there’s no such thing as an honest recruiter

Anonymous

Not in and of itself. If you have a degree from a crap uni such as Brighton, the BCL cannot save you. Where you go to university is where you went to as an undergrad, and therefore the institution by which your intellect is judged. She would be laughed at by City firms and top chambers.

Anonymous

If you look at the profiles of barristers at the most seletive commercial sets, many have the BCL and not all of those who do went to Oxbridge for their undergrad. At the same time, there are few who went elsewhere for their undergrad and do not have an Oxbridge master’s. So it’s just not true that the BCL “will not do her any favours in professional terms”.

I don’t get your “walk in the park” point at all. I got into an Oxford undergrad and came top of my college, but I wasn’t good enough for the BCL. I was rejected and got a Distinction elsewhere. However, in my applications that mark didn’t carry nearly as much weight as an okay mark on the BCL would have done. Of course this felt unfair at times, but the BCL is an exceptionally tough programme, and I likely wouldn’t have done well in it. So if she ends up getting high marks on the BCL, she’ll have shown that she’s very capable.

Anonymous

If you are not Oxbridge, you will not get pupillage at a magic circle set or somewhere like Maitland. And you are only Oxbridge if you went there as an undergraduate. Brighton plus the BCL does not fool anyone. You went to Brighton, not Oxford.

Fellow

What a load of shite, “you are only Oxbridge if you went there as an undergrad” please. I was postgrad and an interviewer for law undergrad at cam, you idiot. Hang your socks on your free MA!

Anonymous

Chambers and major City firms who know what the BCL is know that it is substantially tougher than any undergraduate degree and any taught masters elsewhere in the UK, particularly to get a First.

My only advice for Ebun is that if she raises the money, not to be tempted to take Restitution, Conflicts, Remedies and Evidence because the combined workload is nearly impossible and certainly impossible to combine with any form of paid non-academic work in the vacations.

Anonymous

“I got into an Oxford undergrad and came top of my college, but I wasn’t good enough for the BCL.”

I find this odd. I have a colleague who got in. Nice guy but not bright and already had a rather mediocre legal career record. He was a foreign student though and I suppose this may have helped.

Anonymous

I agree. Sounds like nonsense to me. It is accepted that getting in at post graduate level is far easier than at an undergraduate.

Anonymous

Spot on. She must feel sad but it was a blessing for her not to shell out for a degree which would have done nothing to improve her chances.

Anonymous

Yes as everyone has said, what nonsense – the BCL is the halmark of ability and entry is much more challenging than undergrad entry – *especially* if you dont have an Oxbridge BA to apply with! Only about 6/7 get accepted each year with non-Oxbridge BAs and that tends to be LSE, UCL, Bristol exeter durham etc. Wish I could have done the BCL!

Anonymous

No. It is far easier to get into oxford or Cambridge at postgrad level. This is accepted by the tutors. At Oxford, where I studied law, the non-Oxbridge BCL people were a standing joke. The fact that someone who was so dim they went to Brighton got onto the BCL, says it all. And city law firms/Chambers would not be fooled, especially the Oxbridge-educated pupillage committees of top Chancery and commercial sets.

Anonymous

Really!? They were the standing joke… what a load of shite, no one gives a shit about your profile.

Cambridge LLM yes I agree with you not the BCL its harder to gain entry than the BA

Anonymous

Why apply if she knew she wouldn’t be able to afford the fees?

Surely it would be better to work and save up for a bit, like many others do. She is only 20, there is absolutely no rush.

Anonymous

‘Save up for a bit’?

The girl works in Burger King and the Students Union. Even if (and I doubt she could) save £300 a month, it would take her ten years to save £36k (let’s say the extra 5k is for food).

The legal profession is still wholly inaccessible to many from poorer backgrounds. Here’s why:

Every student is eligible for funding at undergraduate level. Whilst postgraduate funding (for a standard Masters/PGCE…not the BCL) is now available in England and Wales, it is not available for the LPC or the BPTC.

Excellence will normally find a way though (though perhaps not in this case), whether through a TC or Pupillage that allows money to be drawn down for the professional qualification.

The Inns of Court do offer generous scholarships for prospective BPTC students, however this clearly doesn’t cover all students.

If we take the top layer of excellence out of the equation, you still end up in a situation where some academically excellent poorer students cannot afford to complete a professional qualification, whereas their less able, but financially secure fellow students can.

Not to mention the fact that as a poorer student it is harder to carry out unpaid work experience placements which are important in securing a TC or Pupillage.

Poorer students also typically work during their undergraduate studies, which is not ideal.

I speak from experience having had to work throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. If it were not for scholarships, I would not have been able to study a Masters and the BPTC. I would not have secured Pupillage.

I suppose that’s disingenuous, if I had ‘saved a bit’ I could have been called to the Bar at the age of 40.

Anonymous

“Why apply if she knew she wouldn’t be able to afford the fees?

Surely it would be better to work and save up for a bit, like many others do. She is only 20, there is absolutely no rush.”

Dude this is like such a 1990s attitude.

Anonymous

Just donated. Good luck!

Anonymous

It would be easy to be cynical about this and maybe a younger me would have been, but I hope she succeeds in getting to Oxford.

Anonymous

I took a gap year to save up for university before I went, being from the ‘middle’ stratum of wealth who are deemed too rich for grants, but too poor to actually have any spare family money to support us. A normal experience if you’re working class and northern (and in my case white- the ‘privilege’ I apparently have didn’t translate into paying my rent it turns out!).

Why so many people are increasingly against doing this, or seem to make everything about race/gender when it is entirely irrelevant is bizarre to me. If you want to do the course, save the money or earn an academic scholarship.

Anonymous

Except she is in the country on a student visa…

Anonymous

What is to stop her going home or anywhere else to earn money and then coming back?

Anonymous

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Anonymous

So you assume there’s no where she can work in her home country? Quite a racist view.

Anonymous

Did you even read the comment to which you’re replying? It asks if there’s any reason why – since she’s on a student visa – she can’t go *home* (or anywhere else) to work and save up the same way other students, be they home/EU/international, would. The assumption is therefore that she can work in her home country, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

Anonymous

I have no idea about her circumstances or where she is from, but it’s not that easy to relocate to a new country, which has not been ‘home’ since you were a child and where you may or may not have family to stay with, and just save up £31k on a gap year. Realistically, saving that amount is going to take a few years. It’s not in anyone’s interest to keep a bright student back from the final stage of their education that long.

Anonymous

erm, the comment was replying to the one above that.

Ironic that you’re attacking people for not reading properly, huh?

Anonymous

Absolutely – this is the real scandal – families caught in the middle, mostly white lower middle class, who are too poor for grants etc but would struggle to afford fees.

Let’s face it – international students pay full price because the universities can demand it of them

Anonymous

What’s £31k when your last bar tab is triple that?

Anonymous

Why was my comment about what international syudents mostly are deleted? Cmon, how do you think Russians, Chinese, Arabs have the money for this stuff, honest hard work?

Anonymous

Ah – the wonderful privilege of being white working-class northern!

K&C Rat (A kind one)

I would like to know why this girl wants to do the BCL in the first place. Is she planning to be a commercial barrister at the age of 22-23? Because if so, she is dreaming and that will not happen. Most new pupils/tenants at commercial sets are well over their 30’s, often with doctorates and various experience within the banking/commercial industries. I want to know why she is doing BCL at this stage.

Anonymous

Because her options with a Brighton degree aren’t precisely stellar

Anonymous

Rubbish. A law degree and the BCL is a perfectly good foundation for a pupillage at any set. Pupils in their 30s are rare (though not unheard of) and some pupils at good sets come straight from their first degree + BPTC.

Not. Guiltay.

Just because you are nearing 50 maaate…..

Anonymous

Utter bollocks. Most commercial pupils are fresh out of university (usually top firsts from Oxbridge or Ivy). A first + BCL would put her in a very strong position for pupillage at a decent set.

Anonymous

Plenty of commercial sets, MC or otherwise, have years where they make *all* their offers to BCL grads under 25. Seems like a decent start to me. Not to mention that there are other areas of practice where a BCL would be very helpful, or even (though heaven forbid anyone on LC from considering it) academia, for which a BCL would be about the best possible next move.

Anonymous

Again arrant nonsense – plenty of the commercial chancery sets have pupils that do BA, BCL, BPTC then pupillage at 23/4 thats the norm not the exception- the rest of the bar tend to be the ones where most are 28+ doing pupillage

Dr Frankenstein

LC is increasingly reminding me of ‘kickstarter.com’. #noshortcutsinlife

Anonymous

It’s outrageous that Oxford doesn’t give bursaries to students like this as a matter of course. It has a £5.6 bn endowment for crying out loud.

Anonymous

On that note – Ms Azeez, you may well have already explored your options but I would encourage you to contact the university about the possibility of funding. Oxford does have funds tucked away for situations like this – you never know if you don’t ask. I’d contact the Director of Studies for law and the Senior Tutor at Pembroke as well as the BCL course director. You might do your own research on available funds as well. Best of luck to you.

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships/external-scholarships?wssl=1

Anonymous

You are automatically considered for the majority of funding available at Oxford when you apply. It is likely that they had already refused to fund her. I’m sure she did her research.

Eric-Shawn

You have to budget for a Masters because it is expensive. Why is this news?

I like many others would love to do further studies and are not eligible for loans! I am presently working a full time professional job saving up for a time that I can afford to take a year or two out to afford the living costs and tuition fees for that time. I expect it will take maybe 3 more years of working full time and saving. Many are probably in the same boat. But you don’t see me on Legal Cheek pushing a crowdfunding page with a sad story.

Many able and exceptional students would love to apply to Oxford, but being aware of the fees when they apply, they decide against it because it is too expensive.

Other rich kids who are less able and have ridiculous undergrad degrees from unfortunate institutions take an masters at Oxford in a low competition subject like Ecclesiastical History before applying to do senior status Law at Oxford, having already got their foot in the door, in order to enter the legal jobs market directly as an Oxford Grad. Such is life.

Anonymous

Wrong. If you have a degree from a ridiculous uni and then a masters from Oxbridge, this does nothing for your credibility. All law firms and Chambers care about is where you were an undergrad as that is the measure of your intellect.

Anonymous

What’s special about a first class degree from Brighton Uni? That’s the same as a 2.1 from a decent RG uni…

Anonymous

she got a place to study at Oxford Uni …thats what special.

Anonymous

Why did she bother to apply if she can’t fund the course? It’s like applying to study the LPC and then realising you don’t have the 16 grand for it….

Anonymous

You have to have an offer to be considered for most sources of funding.

Anonymous

No, it is not special. It would only be impressive if she had got into Oxford as an undergrad. Far less competitive to get in at post grad level. And it is even more meaningless in her case. She went to Brighton “university” and the BCL won’t change that.

Anonymous

The fact that she graduated at 19, while other 19-year olds were off their tits at Fresher parties.

Anonymous

Sweeping generalisation

Anonymous

I presume the 31k are international fees. I can’t believe how much the fees have increased though. No joke- in 2005, it was around 5k to do the BCL. 2k course fees and another 3k college fees. Those were home student fees, but I believe even these have now risen to about 20k.

loljkm8

What are her “legal aspirations” exactly? Do we know this? She just seems to state, “…my commitment to become a lawyer remains stronger than ever.”

Call me naïve or what-not but I don’t really see the purpose in doing the BCL unless, as K&C Rat (A kind one) puts clearly, she wants to become a commercial barrister. Not only that, but even with the BCL won’t having attended Brighton (with a first or otherwise) seriously hamstring these aspirations? Do diversity hires exist at the commercial/chancery bar?

Anonymous

I’m pretty sure her reasons were rigorously examined in her application (that was accepted).

Anonymous

No the BCL usually cures that problem provided you do well (65+) lots of sets have pupils or juniors like this

Anon.

I’d quite like to be able to afford a £3milion apartment in Central London, but my salary doesn’t quite help me in meeting the costs. Can someone please help fund me.

Anonymous

The irony of that is that the place you want will have been bought by a wealthy international home buyer, whereas this is an international student who has no money. Lolz.

Anonymous

I’ve read every one of these crowd funding pages. Rarely is the “blurb” so good as this one.

Everyone complaining needs to grow up – this impressive woman had the courage to apply, and was accepted. In itself that’s an impressive achievement.

I sincerely hope that she raises the money. Even if she doesn’t, she’ll still be in a better position than the lot of you here who are just whining.

Anonymous

Not sure about that. Pretty chuffed with my K&E salary… Same can’t be said about those IM people though…

Anonymous

I have a first class degree in law from a London RG university. I wouldn’t have gone for a Cambridge LLM or Oxford BCL, or indeed an LLM in the States because I don’t have the money. Im not a special snowflake, almost everyone is in tge same position. If these degrees were cheap, there would be a lot more competition to do them.

I have a friend who did an LLM who got taken on as a US associate earning 180k a year in NYC. Another friend is doing one and will start in London as a US associate having bypassed the TC. The cost of their respective courses and living costs was c.100k.

Crowdfunding for this kind of thing is ridiculous. Quite absurd that your postgrad education is worth that exorbitant amount of money which would do others a lot more good, crowdfunding on charitable causes is for just that. Boosting your long term earning potential by 20 odd k is not what it is for.

And trying to trade on your traits is this way is quite disgusting. I am a first generation uni graduate. So are MANY people. Boo hoo. And being female?? There are more women than men in many if not most undergrad and postgrad law courses, at the grad end there’s no prejudice or discrimination towards women. It is the reverse. And most organisations are absolutely crying out for good quality applications from blacks. Most of the best law firms in the city are stacked full of internationals, in the US firms particularly (as a Brit, I am a tiny minority)…it just depends on who applies.

Anonymous

After Brexit, a rule will be introduced requiring city firms to employ 50% Brits, just like Singapore

Anonymous

Further to my comment at 3.27, 2016/17 MJUR/BCL profiles:

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxlaw/bcl_mjur_profile_book_.pdf

About 150 people, c.15 are British/UK, 5+ have worked before (1 ex MC solicitor, 1 barrister, rest ex research assistants at unis).

So again, on a course where 90% of students are international, to declare being international is holding you back for that course is intriguing.

And on fee deterrence vs competitiveness, evidently by the numbers, 15 people do not represent even a tiny fraction of the best degrees from the best universities in any given year; most of the best are not doing this course (presumably at least in part because they cannot afford to) and are presumably still succeeding in their careers.

Anonymous

Top trolling Legal Cheek

Envy, class, hate and a little spice of racial aggression in there too

You deserve to tun this mofo

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Arris hole.

Lord Harley of Counsel

Forget all the BCL shit, do what I did.

Get a crap degree from a deadbeat establishment and then swap it for a double honours from Oxford.

Anonymous

Black Muslim?
Not Nigerian international student?
Had to be put in muslim context when it’s a brilliant kid.

This world got issues.

Maria

Why is she still considered “international student” in terms of residency? If she’s done a degree here already, that means she’s been in the country for over 3 years, right, which would entitle her to UK/EU fees?

Anonymous

no it wouldn’t unfortunately.

Anonymous

surprised that no one has suggested that she gets a loan, there are companies out there that offer postgrad loans to international students.

Anonymous

I’m looking for postgrad loans for international students too. Can you name me some companies? I know one but it also gives loans to a selective number of courses (usually business courses and engineering) at a selective number of universities

Matter of Fact

Ah yes, the BCL. The course all those commenting are incapable of being admitted for. The girl in this article, on the contrary, is incredibly intelligent, at levels beyond your comprehension.

Anonymous

Your intellect is determined by where you went as an undergraduate. This girl went to Brighton which by definition means that she is very stupid – and badly educated. You get a first at that place by spelling your name correctly on the exam papers.

Anonymous

How about a Career Development Loan? They are available and specifically marketed at PostGrad. Just saying…

CRIMINAL NQ

Why do the BCL at all? It seems like a colossal waste of money and time.

If you want to go into practice choose the cheaper BTPC or LPC

If you want to go into academia join a research masters or PhD course at a local Russel Group or Red Brick.

She got accepted. Fair play.
She started uni at 16. Fair play.
She’s overcome adversity. Fair play.

But if the course isn’t her only route to #CareerGoals She should Jack it in and go for a more financially viable course.

Anonymous

Some of the comments on here about intellect are awful. I never went to a redbrick university, nor did I go Oxbridge – Why? Because I wasn’t good enough? No! Because my dad was terminally ill with cancer, and my mum is registered disabled. Instead I went to my local univeristy, worked 40 hours a week whilst also caring for my parents. I can speak several languages, I have exceptional GCSE’s (18 in fact) and A-Levels. I also finished within the top 3 student across the whole Law and Criminology department for 3 years running. At the start of my 2nd year I watched my dad pass away from cancer. I was also diagnosed with dyslexia at 22 so sat all of my exams at a disadvantage. I am now doing an LLM (full-time) at a red brick university, my marks are higher, and again I’m set to finish top within my year. I also work full-time at a top law firm. I’ve secured mini-pupillages at some of the top sets, been told to apply for pupillage at those same sets, and completed the set work providing better answers than the current Oxbridge pupils.

Instead of thinking you are the most intelligent individual to ever grace the planet because you went to Oxbridge/red brick, why don’t you be grateful for the privileges and opportunities you’ve been afforded and stop being so arrogant.

Anonymous

You are an exception. People without your personal circumstances who go to a crap uni are there because they are stupid.

anonymous

Some of the comments on here don’t factor in people who are an exception. This comment for example:

‘Your intellect is determined by where you went as an undergraduate. This girl went to Brighton which by definition means that she is very stupid – and badly educated. You get a first at that place by spelling your name correctly on the exam papers.’

The institution you completed your undergraduate degree at does not define your level of intellect – comments like such however do.

Anonymous

You sound like a Brighton graduate.

Anonymous

One cannot determine how I sound via a text exchange over a social platform. You however seem to have crawled from under a rock, you judgemental troglodyte 😊

Meeh

Got into top 5 law uni in the UK and before the course even started they topped up their fees so I could no longer afford it. Fair to say you have to pay to play regardless of the size of the price tag. You just have to suck it up and accept the reality.

Real world

Wait… I am a first generation graduate, I attained the highest 1st in my year and was accepted on the bcl. But I could not afford the fees, so I went with a university that offered me a showmanship.

I did not ask for other people to fund my course and I could have applied for a student loan to cover the costs at any other university but oxford. So I was not nor is she placed in a position which stops high achievers from further study.

People need to stop asking for hand outs and make grow up.

Real world

Scholarship* haha.

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