Over the last week or two, Twitter has been buzzing with lawyers sharing a snapshot of how they entered the legal profession. The hashtag 'mypathtolaw' was started by a University of Exeter law lecturer who sought real-life stories of non-traditional paths to the law.
Bursaries, grants and other non-parental financial support have been a notable feature of many stories, but such resources are not always easy to find.
The Sunday Times featured a young entrepreneur, Myles Jardine, who has developed an app designed to aid aspiring students in finding financial support. His app, GrantFairy, now lists grants worth in total just under £1bn.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority's planned changes to how solicitors qualify are intended to reduce barriers to entry to the profession, partly by reducing the cost of reaching qualification. There is much debate within the sector about whether the regulator's proposals will achieve this aim and indeed whether the process even needs to be overhauled, but the changes are surely coming. Last week, the SRA submitted its proposal to the Legal Services Board for approval. Watch this space!
Hi, I’m Myles! Like all my friends, I applied to university in my final year of high-school. But tuition fees had trebled from £3,000 to £9,000 per year and I was worried about the prospect of having a large debt when I graduated. I was offered a place at university, but in the end I decided not to go because I was too concerned about the money. And crucially, I had no idea that there were other sources of funding available aside from student loans. But there are. In fact there are thousands of scholarships, grants and bursaries available to help students pay for their tuition and living expenses. The problem is, they’re often poorly publicised and information is thin on the ground.