The Lawscot Foundation will be strengthening its support to future bursary recipients, thanks to a sponsorship agreement with Scottish law and tax publisher Bloomsbury Professional.
Bloomsbury has agreed to supply each student who is accepted into the Lawscot Foundation programme from this year with 18 textbooks required for their study of Scots law.
The new sponsorship has been announced as the Lawscot Foundation takes applications for the 2022 round of bursaries – prospective LLB students from less-advantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply before the closing date on Friday, 10 June 2022.
The charity was set up by the Law Society of Scotland in 2016 as part of their work on improving access to the legal profession, and is funded by generous contributions from corporate sponsors and individual donors.
The books have a combined value of more than £1,000 at recommended retail prices – adding to the other bursary benefits including an annual grant of £2,500, mentoring, networking and work experience opportunities.
Titles provided through the generosity of Bloomsbury include The Scottish Legal System (Megan Dewart), Property, Trusts and Succession (George Gretton and Andrew Steven), MacQueen and Thomson’s Contract Law in Scotland (Hector MacQueen), and Thomson’s Family Law (Katy MacFarlane).
Lawscot Foundation spokesman Darren Kerr said: "The generosity of Bloomsbury in providing this new sponsorship is a brilliant addition to our bursary programme. It shows they fully support our charity’s aim of helping students from less-advantaged backgrounds pursue a career in law.
"Textbooks can be a substantial expense for any law student, so this is going to make a major difference to our future bursary recipients and will mean the grant money we provide them will stretch that much further.
"Bloomsbury is the largest publisher of specialist Scottish legal textbooks, so supplying their full suite of highly regarded student titles will give our students a really strong grounding as they work to establish their legal knowledge and careers.
"We’re grateful to Bloomsbury and, as always, also to our generous donors in the legal profession whose contributions allow the Lawscot Foundation to continue making a difference."
Karen Reid, Sales and Marketing Manager for Bloomsbury Professional Scotland, said: "We are delighted to support the Lawscot Foundation and its students by providing free textbooks throughout their four years of study.
"At Bloomsbury we want to be involved and support the communities and professions where our books play such an important role in terms of study. It’s great to be involved with such a worthwhile initiative."
Bursary applications can be made at the Lawscot Foundation website.
We would like to thank our current sponsors whose continued support is invaluable to the Lawscot Foundation:
• Pinsent Masons
• Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest
• Dickson Minto
• Shepherd and Wedderburn
• Turcan Connell
• Faculty of Advocates
• Burness Paull
• Scottish Council of Law Reporting
• CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
• Addleshaw Goddard
• Bloomsbury Professional Publishing