ICCA launches Bursary Scheme supported by the Chancery Bar Association.

Students applying to the ICCA will be able to apply for funding from a new Bursary Scheme.

Applications for a place and for a bursary will be considered at the same time. This means that any student offered a place on the ICCA Bar Course will know if they have been successful in their application for funding when they receive an offer of a place.

The award of a bursary will be conditional upon the student enrolling on the course cycle for which they have applied. It will be unusual for an award to be deferred to another cycle.

ICCA bursaries will be offered to applicants who have (in priority order):

  1. a demonstrable commitment to the work of the SBA providing the funding for the bursary that they are applying for;
  2. significant financial difficulty taking up a place on the ICCA Course and,
  3. a background that is under-represented at the Bar generally, or within the contributing SBA, specifically.

Applications will need to address each of the above points. Academic excellence (or similar) is not a specific criterion. Applications will be made via a secure web portal.

The bursary award will normally take the form of a reduction in the fees charged to the student. The same reduction (e.g., one-third) will be proportionately applied to the Part 1 fees and then subsequently to the Part 2 fees. No cash alternative will be available for applicants who are awarded a bursary but who choose not to commence their studies on the course.

The ICCA will endeavour to foster a relationship between the recipient students and the SBA supporting that award.

Details of how to apply will be published shortly.