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Biggest ever scholarship programme for Law launched – 4th January 2013

Biggest ever scholarship programme for Law launched on the 15th November 2012 following record donation to King’s College London – The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme. 80 scholarships available as part of £20m gift by Dickson Poon to the Law School

This follows a new study that shows six out of 10 sixth formers opt out of university due to fee worries. Record amount ever offered to Law PhD students individually – over £90,000 each over three years. Scheme will set new standards in legal education and research

Biggest ever scholarship programme for Law launched

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London has today announced the launch of the biggest ever scholarship programme for Law in the UK and rest of Europe aimed at the brightest and best students from around the world.

An unprecedented 80 scholarships worth over £2m are being offered globally in this the first full year of The Dickson Poon Scholarship Programme for students who wish to study Law.

Uniquely, the scholarships focus on students who demonstrate not only academic excellence, but equally as important, outstanding leadership potential and life ambition.

Up to seventy five may be awarded to the best undergraduates enrolling in 2013 in Law and up to five scholarships for Law PhD students enrolling in the same year. With a new study reporting that almost six out of 10 sixth formers have opted not to go straight to university primarily due to worries about fees*, the scholarships will be of significant interest, and are available to all students regardless of background.

The Dickson Poon Scholarships represent a significant milestone for the Law School. Mr Dickson Poon’s £20m donation is part of a £40m transformation project for the School, with the aim of furthering its reputation as one of the top law schools in the world and setting new standards in legal education and research.

The personal gift from Mr Dickson Poon CBE, the Hong Kong-based British philanthropist, is believed to be the largest ever to a British or European law faculty. The scale of the scholarships reflects Mr Dickson Poon and the Law School’s shared desire to enable the brightest and best law students to obtain a world-class education free of financial concern.

Of the up to 75 undergraduate scholarships, 25 are worth full home/EU fees for all years of study, while the remaining 50 are worth £18,000 over three years. The five Law PhD scholarships are for £90,000 each over three years – understood to be the largest amount awarded to individual legal research students.