Overall criteria

The Governors will only consider requests for funding which cover one or more of the following objectives:

  1. To increase public understanding of the law and the capability to use it.
  2. To advance high quality thinking, training and practice in legal education and legal services so as to ensure legal needs are met.
  3. To increase access to employment in the legal profession and, in particular, to advance social mobility and diversity.
  4. To develop a robust evidence base of needs in each of the areas above and of effective ways of meeting these needs.
  5. To understand the role that technology can play in achieving each of these objectives.
  6. To explore the implications of the vote for Brexit for the areas covered by our strategic objectives. Read more.

Further details of these criteria can be seen here.

Please state in your application which of the objectives your application addresses.

The following criteria will be used in deciding what to prioritise:

  • Degree of need: areas which are either under-resourced, underdeveloped or underestimated and where there is a clear need for external support.
  • Degree of benefit: areas where an intervention can make a considerable difference and/or where the potential benefits are widespread and sustainable on a large scale either immediately or over time.

Please state in your application how your proposal addresses these criteria.

Areas which are unlikely to meet the criteria

These will include:

  • Funding of existing mainstream academic activities or facilities in schools, universities or other educational institutions, unless it is innovative in terms of delivery or access;
  • Provision of bursaries which do not bring the possibility of structural or cultural change on the part of the institutions involved;
  • Small scale interventions which are not subsequently scalable;
  • Funding which is likely to be viewed as a substitute for government or legal profession funding; and
  • Initiatives covered by other organisations.

The Foundation does not provide funding for individuals, or normally for work outside the United Kingdom.

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