A new scholarship scheme has been launched by the Faculty of Advocates as it attempts to increase diversity among the membership of Scotland’s independent referral Bar.

The Scottish Council of Law Reporting (SCLR) is providing £5,000 for a scholarship to support devilling, which will be administered by the Faculty in tandem with its own programmes.

This means that four schemes are now available to prospective devils: the Lord Reid Scholarship, the Faculty Scholarship, the Lord Hope Scholarships, and the new SCLR scholarship.

In the application process, greater weighting will be given to candidates in financial need or to those from groups currently under-represented at the Scottish Bar.

Ruth Crawford QC, Treasurer of Faculty, who chairs the Faculty’s Scholarship Committee, said: “We are delighted to be adding the Scottish Council of Law Reporting Scholarship to our other programmes of support, aimed at removing barriers and increasing diversity among the membership of Scotland’s independent referral Bar.”

The deadline for applications for all scholarships, for those intending to commence devilling in 2022, is Friday 30 April. For more information, click here.