UK: The University of Law and The Sunday Times newspaper have launched a pioneering scholarship competition offering aspiring lawyers the chance to win one of twelve £6,000 law degree scholarships and up to 25 work experience placements with leading law firms.
The ‘Innovation in Law’ scholarship scheme is a collaboration with 15 top law firms and will award scholarships towards the cost of studying the professional LL.B law degree at the University, commencing in September 2014. All winners and up to 14 runners-up will also receive a much sought after work experience placement with a participating law firm.
The programme represents a major addition to the support available for aspiring legal professionals. It aims to find a new generation of lawyers who can bring a range of talents and skills to the legal services sector and help deliver innovative solutions to its clients.
The competition emphasises ‘innovation’ and gives future lawyers the chance to express their views about the world of law in a creative manner, with the winners selected not just for their incisiveness and analytical skills but also for the innovative ways in which they express themselves.
Six of the scholarships will be funded by The University of Law (ULaw) with the remaining six funded by law firms Clifford Chance, Irwin Mitchell, Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Ogier and White & Case, all of whom are also providing work experience placements..
Further work experience placements will be offered by Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), CMS Cameron McKenna, DWF, Freeth Cartwright, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hill Dickinson, Pannone and The Co-operative Legal Services.
Professor Nigel Savage, President of The University of Law, said: "The UK is a global leader in legal services and we are proud to be at the forefront of this campaign, which aims to promote the legal profession as a top career choice and attract creative thinkers who have a broader range of talents and can think laterally to deliver client solutions. The calibre of law firms involved is a measure of the interest in undergraduate education and the need to equip future lawyers not only with legal knowledge but also with the professional skills and commercial awareness to thrive in a modern law firm.”
Alan Hunter, Executive Managing Editor at The Sunday Times, said: "Becoming a lawyer is an attractive career which offers great job satisfaction and wide-ranging opportunities to the most talented students. We are pleased to be part of this collaboration with The University of Law and some of the country’s leading law firms to find the next generation of legal talent.”
Laura Yeates, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager at Clifford Chance, said: "We are delighted to be part of this exciting new initiative. Clifford Chance works with clients to give business-focused legal advice, so we are always looking for future lawyers who demonstrate creative thinking and commercial acumen and our commitment to this scholarship is testament to this."
To be eligible for the scholarship scheme students must have applied to study an undergraduate law degree at The University of Law in 2014 and have selected the institution as their firm choice.
Entrants must submit an essay, short video or other form of digital presentation by Thursday, 31 July 2014 answering the question: ‘If you could introduce a new piece of UK legislation, what would it be and why?’
Entries will be judged by a panel comprising The University of Law, The Sunday Times, participating law firms and external legal professionals. Successful entries will need to demonstrate some of the skills required to be a modern lawyer, including creative thinking, innovation, analytical thinking and a passion for the law.
Further details, guidance and terms and conditions of the Innovation in Law Scholarship Competition are available at: www.law.ac.uk/st-scholarships