LLM Scholarship Scheme

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Fee-waiver awards for high-performing law students at the University of London

Up to 18 highly performing PG Laws students annually receive a scholarship equivalent to the value of four modules - a quarter of their degree.

Awards are made available to LLM students based in Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria and Russia.

To be eligible for the fee-waiver scholarships, registered students from these countries must have completed successfully at least five modules within 13 months of their effective registration date. (So, for example, a student whose effective registration date falls on 1 May 2016 must have completed five modules by the end of the June 2017 exam session.)

Scholarships are granted to those with the best average score across five modules. If students have completed more than five modules within this time, their average is calculated from their best five scores. Winners are notified by email once the results of their final qualifying exam session have been released.

To access the scholarship, students inform the postgraduate laws office at UCL, University of London, when they are ready to register for their final four modules.

Award holders are expected to complete all the examinations for the LLM within five examination sessions from their effective date of registration (i.e. 2 ½ - 3 years), which ensures that students are still able to benefit from the flexibility and convenience that typifies a University of London qualification.

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Initial award criteria

  1. LLM students registered and studying in qualifying countries (Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, Russia) will be eligible to be considered for a scholarship to cover all the University of London fees for their final four modules.*
  2. The scholarship is competitive and will be offered to those students who perform best in the first 13 months following initial registration.** To be eligible, students need to pass at least five modules in that period and their average mark over the five modules must normally be 60% or above.
  3. Performance will be measured by the overall average from the student’s five best marks in the 13-month period. Students may choose to sit the five modules in a single exam session, or spread them over two sessions in the first year of registration. Where students sit examinations for more than five modules in the first 13 months, their average will be formed using their five best module marks.
  4. Students must have passed all modules in the first sitting with no failed attempts.
  5. Up to 18 scholarships will be awarded each year (nine per registration cycle).
  6. The scholars will be notified of the award (by email, from the laws office) once the Examination Board has released the marks for the second exam session after date of initial registration.***

Maintenance and administration of the award

  1. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must attempt and complete their final four modules within five exam sessions of their 'effective date of registration'.
  2. Award holders who fail to complete the LLM within five examination sessions from their effective date of registration will, at the discretion of the Programme Director, be required to pay the module fee for the four modules before they can be awarded the LLM.
  3. Award holders must advise the Laws Office in advance when they are ready to register for their final four modules; this enables the Law Office to issue the necessary credit note to the Fees Office.****
  4. The credit note will only be issued in advance (it will not be issued retrospectively, and no refunds of fees can be given).

* The scholarship will only cover UoL fees for these last four modules; they will not cover any UoL resit fees, nor any local fees.
** i.e. the 'effective date of registration'.
*** e.g. where the ‘effective date of registration’ is 1 December 2015, after the January 2017 Examination Board; where the effective date of registration is 1 May 2016, after the July 2017 Exam Board.
**** i.e. award holders must email the Postgraduate Laws office to request a fee credit note at the time they register for their 13th module.

Further information is available from: llm-external@ucl.ac.uk