Bursary Scheme

  • Employer Bird & Bird
  • Job type Sponsored Degrees
  • Salary See job posting
  • Deadline 31/07/2022

  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations London
  • Qualifications gained N/A
  • Date published 07/04/2022

Are you a Year 13 student applying to study Law or a Law-related degree at university?

Since 2009, our Bursary Scheme has sponsored students in pursuing their career in law. Today, it is a successful pipeline programme to our Vacation Scheme and Training Contract. As part of the Scheme, you will have support, career guidance and access to mentoring from a Trainee Buddy at Bird & Bird; work experience opportunities; workshops and skills sessions delivered by our Early Careers and Diversity and Inclusion teams; and Financial Assistance paid in instalments over your time at university. You will also have access to our newsletters, networks and events at the firm. 

Applications open Friday 1 April 2022 and close Sunday 31 July 2022.

To be awarded a place on our Bursary Scheme, you must fulfil all of the below eligibility criteria:

  • you must be attending a state (non-fee paying) school, sixth form college in the UK; and

  • you must be the first generation in your immediate family to attend university; and

  • you must be applying to study Law or a Law-related degree at a UK university (part-time distant learning courses will be considered if circumstances warrant); and

  • you should be academically gifted and are typically expected to have achieved at least 5 A grades or 5 Level 7 and above in GCSE, including English and Maths.

You must also fulfil one or more of the below criteria:

  • if you attended a school sixth form, be eligible for free school meals; 

  • if you attend a school sixth form, that your school has more  than 25% of pupils currently  eligible for free school meals or the average over the last 5 years has been 25% or more;

  • if you attended a college, be someone who would be entitled to free school meals if you attended a school sixth form;

  • if you have spent time in local authority care;

  • if you are, or have you been, a parent or a registered carer;

  • if you attended a college, you attended a school during Year 7-11 where the average percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last 5 years was 25% or more.

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