Why the AS Foundation?

In the UK, solicitors are three times more likely to have attended a fee-paying or independent school and are half as likely to come from a lower socio-economic background. We want to change this.

We believe that every one, no matter their background, should have the means and access to enter the legal profession. That is why through our work we aim to improve socio-economic diversity among UK solicitors. 

How we can support you

The AS Foundation is dedicated to supporting aspiring solicitors from lower socio-economic backgrounds with the expenses that come with pursuing a legal career. Thanks to the support of our funders and donors, we can offer financial assistance in the form of:

Laptops | Workwear | Travel tickets | Online subscriptions | SQE course fee discounts

Hear from AS Foundation Grant Recipients

Our achievements in 2022


Applicants in 2022


Awards granted in 2022

832 GBP

Average grant value (£)

How to apply for support

Need financial assistance?

Step 1

Identify what you need financial assistance for, why you need it and how you are going to use it.

Check eligibility and exclusions


Review the eligibility criteria and exclusions before you proceed.

Gather information and contact details


Take some time to gather the required information and contact details as we cannot process your application without this all.



The online application process is straightforward but please complete it in one sitting as you cannot return to a part finished application.

Need financial assistance to pursue your career in law?

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Working with our funders and supporters, we are breaking down barriers to the legal sector by supporting aspiring solicitors facing financial difficulty with study resources, laptops, work wear, travel cost support and SQE course discounts.