UQ scholarship gives deserving students an opportunity to study law

12 July 2018

The University of Queensland is offering scholarships for up to 17 students from diverse backgrounds to study at UQ’s internationally-renowned TC Beirne School of Law.

The Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship is aimed at students who live in rural or remote areas, come from low income or refugee families, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or have faced illness or setbacks during their schooling.

Head of School Professor Patrick Parkinson said the scholarship was designed to make a UQ law degree more accessible to talented students who aspire to a career in the legal profession.

“One of the major hurdles for financially disadvantaged and regional students is the cost of living while undertaking a full-time degree,” Professor Parkinson said.

“The LEAD Scholarship provides successful applicants with $8000 each year for up to five years.

“Beyond the financial support, LEAD scholars also benefit from dedicated academic mentorship and valuable internship and professional networking opportunities.”

Launched in 2016, the scholarship has attracted outstanding applicants across the state, including from Redlynch in the far north to Biloela in Central Queensland.

Professor Parkinson said the School of Law had recently refocused its programs to create a more personalised and innovative experience for students by reducing the student intake and emphasising small group teaching“Our highly collaborative learning environment and extensive co-curricular programs are designed to ensure every student has an opportunity to contribute to, and benefit from, being a member of the Law School community.”A $35 million refurbishment of the historic Forgan Smith building gives students access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.The LEAD Scholarships are funded by The University of Queensland Endowment Fund.Applications are open from 6-31 August 2018. Read more about the scholarship . Media: Gemma Ward, media@bel.uq.edu.au , +61 7 3346 0700, +61 439 651 107.

Exclusive: BPP cuts London staff headcount following LLB suspension

Move comes as legal education giant opts to focus on solicitor super-exam training BPP Law School’s Waterloo Campus BPP University Law School has cut the number of staff at its Waterloo campus, Legal Cheek can reveal. The redundancies come just weeks after the legal education giant confirmed it was suspending its LLB offering to focus on developing a host of new solicitor super-exam programmes.

Sources close to BPP have told Legal Cheek that around 20 members of staff left earlier this month through a combination of compulsory and voluntary redundancies. BPP confirmed “the loss of some roles” but declined to comment on specific numbers, a spokesperson telling us: “We have paused our LLB intake to focus on developing new programmes to prepare students for a post-SQE qualification route and, equally importantly, for legal practice in a rapidly changing sector. To reflect this, we have evaluated staffing numbers, which has unfortunately resulted in the loss of some roles.” News of the staff exits come as the profession gears up for huge changes to legal education , most notably the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) or super-exam.

In May, we revealed that BPP was suspending the intake of its undergraduate law degree . At the time, BPP’s director of business development, Tricia Chatterton, told us that the law school has “clear plans for the future” and that “now is the time to turn those plans into a reality”.

Chatterton was unable to say how long the suspension would be for but did stress there are no plans to scrap the LLB at BPP outright. Students on the law school’s solicitor apprenticeship programme — which incorporates a purpose-built LLB — aren’t affected.

As the super-exam’s anticipated 2020 implementation date draws ever closer, at least three universities have gone public with their plans to integrate SQE content into their LLB courses.

London South Bank University told us that it’s planning to teach an “SQE-facing” law degree using super-exam-style multiple-choice questions to test students’ knowledge in a legal practice context. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Legal Cheek , University of Law chief Peter Crisp confirmed that his institution was […]

Majority Of Undegraduate Students Will Never Apply To Law School

Just when law school administrators thought they were able to breathe a sigh of relief because they’d escaped the dearth of applicants comes a new study that squashes their hopes and dreams of overflowing classrooms and burgeoning budgets. Sorry, deans, but according to a detailed survey conducted by Research and Markets, the vast majority of undergraduate students have no desire to go to law school.

Research and Markets interviewed 1,566 undergraduate college students about how likely they are to apply to law school and how they view the future of the legal profession. Students were given five possible responses to the question of how likely they were to apply to law school in the future: 1) Highly Unlikely, 2) Unlikely, 3) Possibly Likely, 4) Highly Likely and 5) I Have Already Applied.

So how many undegraduates are interested in going to law school? Not a whole lot. Slightly more than 84 percent of respondents said it would be highly unlikely or unlikely that they would ever apply to law school. If you find that a bit too depressing, here are some other findings from the study that are a bit happier for law schools: Women were much more likely than men to feel that they were highly likely to apply to law school though men were more optimistic about the economic outlook for the legal profession.

The population of students who were pretty sure or very sure of what they wanted to do post college were more likely than those who were not too sure of what they wanted to believe that the economic outlook for the legal profession was good.

The more population intense the area in which the survey participant grew up, the more likely that they were to say that they were highly likely to apply to law school.

Are you thinking of applying to law school in the future? Please make sure you do all of your research because before you know it, you’ll be graduating with hundreds of thousands of dollars of student debt to repay. Best of luck!

2018 Survey of Undergraduates: Plans for Law […]

How I Did It: Secured a Training Contract with Clyde & Co

Noor Al Kooheji Christianah Babajide, one of Lawbore’s legal journalists, caught up with City LLB alumni and Future Trainee Solicitor at Clyde & Co (Dubai Office) , Noor Al Kooheji .

Whilst completing her Law degree at City, Noor completed work experience at Jumeriah Group/Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts, both as an In House Legal Counsel and as a Human Resources Intern, in Dubai. She is currently studying her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School in Holborn, her training contract with global law firm Clyde & Co LLP commences in August 2018. In this exclusive interview, she shares her nuggets of wisdom when it comes to training contract applications and offers sound advice to aspiring solicitors at City.

Can you start off by telling us about your LLB experience at City?

I gravitated towards undertaking my LLB at City because the programme was well rounded in terms of offering support beyond the academic environment. The students at City are lucky enough to have access to career services that are strongly involved in facilitating opportunities for them outside of the classroom. Moreover, the LLB programme at City offered diverse areas of study such as Islamic law which, to me, stood out amongst other universities in London. The enthusiastic quality of teaching made lectures a pleasure to attend. I especially appreciated the readiness of faculty members to discuss and alleviate my concerns during office hours, it showed how supportive City was of their students.

During the third year of my bachelor’s degree, I chose to study Company Law, Commercial & Agency Law, Competition Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Islamic Law and Legal Skills. These electives gave me a solid foundation for a career in corporate law and made me look forward to my career as a solicitor. Personally, managing the heavy workload of a law degree meant strategizing my study methods.

Sounds organised! What are your tips on this front?

A good starting point would be to get a head start on the reading list once it has been made available. Reading a couple of articles that hold different opinions on the same […]

Other Professionals Don’t Understand The Student Loan Situations Of Most Lawyers

I receive a number of emails each week from readers of my column here and my website Student Debt Diaries . And feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments you might have ! Predictably, many of the people who communicate with me are lawyers or individuals who eventually want to become lawyers. This makes sense, since most of my articles are focused on issues facing the legal industry.

I also receive a number of emails from other professionals, including dentists, veterinarians, and doctors. Above the Law should be happy to know that their content is appealing to a wide variety of professionals! Most of the time, other professionals reach out to me to tell me their own student debt stories, and it has been interesting to learn the experiences of so many people.

I recently received an email from a dentist who conveyed his disdain for lawyers who complain about student debt. This dentist told me that he borrowed a large sum of money to attend dental school and worked hard to pay off his student loans all by himself. This dentist believes that attorneys who have issues with their student debt have no one to blame but themselves, since they knew what they were doing when they borrowed student loans and have the power to pay off this debt.

As someone who sacrificed much to pay off his student loans , I have much sympathy with this sentiment. And in a perfect world in which information is unbiased, and people have complete agency over their situations, individuals would have no one to blame but themselves for problems with student debt. However, the legal industry is unique, and it unfair to compare debt-burdened lawyers with other professionals who borrowed money to earn their degrees.

For instance, many law students were fed bad information when they decided to borrow student loans . For years, law schools inflated employment statistics, such that this data suggested that law students would be able to easily land a job that would allow them to pay off their student loans. If you think […]

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