The first six students supported by the Lawscot Foundation to complete their law degree courses will graduate over the coming week.

Set up by the Law Society of Scotland in 2016 as part of its work on fair access to the legal profession, the Foundation supports academically talented students from less-advantaged backgrounds in Scotland to pursue a university education in law. It provides an annual bursary of £2,500, mentoring, networking and work experience opportunities.

The six graduands were the first to be supported by the Foundation, when they began their LLB degrees in 2017. They are:

  • Alisha O’Callaghan, University of Edinburgh
  • Declan Dundas, University of Dundee
  • Emily Simpson, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • Jordan Scott, University of Dundee
  • Laura Noble, University of Abertay, Dundee
  • Natasha Kabir, University of Edinburgh

After they graduate, two are moving on to taking the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in the coming academic year, one is undertaking a masters degree, and three are still planning their next steps beyond university. 

The graduations mark a major milestone for the Foundation and it is asking everyone in the legal profession to join in the celebrations by sharing their own graduation photos and memories of the day on social media, nominate others to do the same and donate to the charity to help support the law graduates of tomorrow. (Click here to view.)

Christine McLintock, chair of the Lawscot Foundation, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to see the first of our students graduate from law school. It is a fantastic achievement and I offer each and every one of them my warmest congratulations.

“Graduating from law school takes hard work and perseverance, and our students have impressed us every step of the way, especially given the challenging backgrounds that they have contended with. We are incredibly proud to have played a part in helping our students reach this stage and we wish them every success, wherever their careers take them.”

She added: “The purpose of the Foundation is to level the playing field to accessing a career in law, so to have our first students graduate from law school is a momentous occasion for us as a small charity. Our support of these talented students is only possible through the generous contributions of the legal profession, so we would love as many people as possible to get involved in our celebrations and take part in the #LawscotGraduates campaign. Donate today and help us help the law graduates of tomorrow.”