A prominent legal firm has become the sponsor of the first ever law scholarship at Abertay University.
The one-year £1,250 scholarship with Thorntons Law is open to either third or fourth year LLB (Hons) Law students.
It is aimed primarily at a student who has overcome difficulties to attend university, is from a low-income background or who is a carer while also studying at Abertay.
The student will also receive career advice from a Thorntons’ solicitor throughout the year of their scholarship.
Thorntons and Abertay have long-established links, with the legal firm currently awarding a prize to the best law student in fourth year. In 2016, they were also the gold sponsors for the Tour De Tay cycle challenge.
Jane Davidson, Thorntons Director of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be the sponsor of the first ever law scholarship at Abertay University.
“This scholarship is a way to reward someone who has excelled in their studies at university. We are especially pleased that this scholarship will reward a student who has perhaps come from a challenged background or who is the first in their family to attend university.
“At Thorntons we offer legal traineeships offering hands-on experience, practical work and direct client contact from the onset. Sponsoring the Abertay University Law Scholarship is another way for us to support and mentor people developing their career in the legal industry.”
Professor Gavin Reid, Head of Abertay’s Dundee Business School (DBS), said: “Law at DBS is ranked in the top 20% in the UK, and provides disadvantaged students the prospect of a first class legal education.
“The sponsoring of a scholarship by Thorntons to aid talented law students who have difficulties of background or responsibilities is far sighted and generous. Often those who first have struggled most to achieve, will – in a lifetime – achieve the most.”
Professor Nicholas Grier, Acting Head of the Division of Law at Abertay, said: “Thorntons has always been a good friend to Abertay. This scholarship will be a wonderful opportunity for the successful student.
“We are grateful to Thorntons, both for their open-handedness in offering the scholarship, and for their genuine desire to help, in a practical way, a suitably deserving applicant.”
For more information on scholarships at Abertay visit https://www.abertay.ac.uk/studying/scholarships/