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Loans, Awards and Bursaries

There are a range of student loans, awards and bursaries available to help fund undergraduate or postgraduate law study.

Undergraduate funding

UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan from the Student Loans Company to help with paying tuition fees and living costs. City also offers a range of scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for.

Learn more about undergraduate funding and financial support.

Postgraduate funding

Postgraduate study at City, University of London is an affordable option for students from wide-ranging backgrounds. Although you will usually have to fund postgraduate study yourself, many sources of funding exist. In addition to scholarships, a number of other sources of funding (including loans) are available.

Learn more about postgraduate funding and financial support.

Graduate Teaching Assistants in Law

The City Law School is offering funding for two Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available from 3 September 2018. We are a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars and students with considerable strengths in teaching and research. We are committed to academic excellence and have an enviable central London location.

The successful applicants will receive an annual bursary (currently £16,625 but subject to change in line with RCUK’s recommendation on the national minimum stipend), a full tuition fee waiver for three years and a one-off allowance of £1,000 which may be used across the three-years to support research needs such as specialist training, equipment or conference attendance.

Successful applicants will be expected to undertake teaching-related duties as required within the School, not normally exceeding four contact hours per week plus preparation time during term. Applicants will also be expected to offer 2 hours of office hours/support per week, and mark material related to their assigned module. Training will be provided to support any teaching and marking activities. The School also provides a broad research training programme to support the development of research skills.

These positions are subject to a satisfactory annual progress review and the condition that the person is registered, and continues to be registered, as a full-time PhD student at City, University of London.


Applications are sought from exceptional UK/EU and international graduates and will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting edge-research and deliver high quality teaching.

  • Applicants should have a track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by an LLB degree with at least a second class (upper division) or equivalent, and normally a Master's degree (in law or a related discipline) with at least a merit or equivalent. Applicants should demonstrate a suitable aptitude to undertake a course of independent research. An ability to teach common law subjects is essential.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved an overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing subtests.

Applicants are welcome to discuss their ideas for research by contacting relevant members of the School of Law. Details are found on the research webpages.

Selection process

Candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted by the School. If you do not receive a communication from the School within six weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Apply online

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm, 23rd March 2018


Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit

Career Development Loans

A Career Development Loan is a bank loan designed to help you pay for your study if you want to undertake a vocational course either full-time or part-time to improve your career prospects . Unlike other bank loans, the government will pay the interest rate of your loan while you study and you don't have to start paying back your loan until one month after you have finished your training. For further information about Career Development Loans visit the government website.

High-street banks offer a range of a career development loans and professional loans to fund postgraduate studies. For example:

Barclays Bank Career Development Loan
Co-operative Professional & Career Development Loan

Discretionary LEA Awards

Although, there is limited support available from Local Education Authorities (LEAs) for postgraduate students a number of discretionary awards are available. Contact your Local Education Authority directly to find out the discretionary awards available to students undertaking postgraduate study.


If you are an aspiring solicitor it is possible to obtain funding for your Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable) before you start your course. Some training contracts offered by firms include sponsorship of Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law. In return they would normally expect you to serve your two year training contract with them and possibly make a longer employment commitment.

The Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook and provide lists of firms who are willing to sponsor students:

The Diversity Access Scheme

The Diversity Access Scheme offers assistance with Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees to exceptional individuals who face or have overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor.

For more information visit the Diversity Access Scheme website.