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Before you apply:

Please note it is not possible to return to an incomplete application.  We advise that you check the requirements listed below before starting the process.

We take data security extremely seriously, so we use enhanced protection throughout the application process.

Applications will be reviewed by Trustees at monthly meetings so expect to receive news on your application up to 35 days after submitting.

Due to the volume of applications please note we cannot enter any correspondence regarding incomplete applications or Trustee decisions.

To be considered for financial assistance from the AS Foundation, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Live in England or Wales
  • Be over 18 years old on the day of your application
  • Have attended a state school (non-selective) comprehensive OR
  • Have attended a state school (selective) OR
  • Be the first generation of your family to attend University OR
  • Be the first generation of your family to pursue a career as a lawyer OR
  • Have received a scholarship or bursary because of your family income/social mobility status OR
  • Consider yourself to be from a low-income background OR
  • Received free school meals OR
  • Was in paid employment during my A-levels for 20+ hours per week OR
  • Was in paid employment during my undergraduate degree for 10+ hours per week OR
  • Have spent time in local authority care

You must also:

  • Be currently on, or have a place confirmed at, a part time or full time undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • Demonstrate a firm commitment to pursuing a career as a commercial lawyer

Please read the eligibility criteria and make sure that you provide everything that is necessary for us to process your application.

Due to the volume of applications please note we cannot enter any correspondence regarding incomplete applications or Trustee decisions.

All applications need covering statements. Tell us why you need the grant and demonstrate your personal commitment to a career in law. The Trustees will look at your commitment and evidence that you have attempted to improve your financial situation. So, for example, if you have taken a part-time job, it is a good idea to include this information.

Where an application relates to a Law Firm event or experience and the relevant Law Firm is not providing expenses, we may request a copy of the email or letter confirming the applicant has a place. The email or letter must be made available from the Law Firm and/or an organisation acting for the Law Firm.

If you are a student, we will request confirmation from your named reference, on headed paper, or a University/College email address.

If you are planning to become a student, we may request, later, evidence that you have been offered a place on a course.

Trustees require two professional/academic references on headed paper that will be scanned and returned via email.  Full contact details of referees must be provided.

Your referee will need to respond to our requests including stating how long they have known you for and confirm that the circumstances on which you are applying are correct.

Your application will not be processed until Trustees are satisfied with your references.

Living expenses e.g. including but not limited to rent, bills, childcare;

Costs for things that have already been paid for;

Gap year or overseas projects

Non-personal expenditure, such as a community project

Medical treatment

Any type of business start-up regardless of whether it is associated with the legal profession