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About the DLA Piper global scholarships programme

The DLA Piper Global Scholarship is a two year programme for talented law students in developing countries. The purpose of the Scholarship is to foster outstanding legal professionals by providing practical learning and development opportunities which enhance their ability to contribute to the rule of law in their home countries and beyond.

This is not a recruitment programme: our aim is to support to develop the confidence and aspirations to pursue careers in a commercial environment, in community development or in the public service commitment to developing a strong rule of law and increasing access to justice around the world.

DLA Piper invites applications from undergraduate law students in the second to last year of their degree; and postgraduate law students who would like to pursue a two year postgraduate qualification in a related field. Students must be studying in their home country and be from one of the countries listed below to be eligible for this programme.

The Scholarship has been designed to support high achieving law students who would not otherwise have access to role models, internships, mentoring and tuition support that this programme will provide. This scholarship programme provides a variety of support and opportunities for participants to develop skills, confidence and build networks to succeed at university and into employment.

Programme overview

Each scholarship is developed to support the needs of the individual student, and will be reviewed regularly by the Scholarships Management team.

Financial support

  • Full university tuition payment, for the duration of the Scholarship (two years)
  • All costs relating to internships which are offered during the Scholarship period (including all transport, food, accommodation, visas, etc.)
  • Payment for courses and/or events (local, national or international) that benefit professional development
  • Laptop and/or phone
  • High quality internet support
  • Financial support towards relevant study materials (including, text books, subscriptions etc.)
  • Support towards business attire ahead of internships

Engagement

  • Regular mentoring session with high quality mentors from DLA Piper network
  • Regular meetings with the Scholarships Management team focused on personal and professional development
  • Peer and professional networking opportunities
  • Advice and support to access post graduate scholarships offered by third parties and continued learning opportunities

Learning and development

  • Access to Rosetta Stone Language Learning Development
  • Week long development course covering the scholarship opportunity, soft skills and the opportunity to meet lawyers and other Fellows
  • Support to develop clear educational and professional goals
  • Assistance to write a quality CV
  • Professional interview preparation training
  • Access to online DLA Piper training resources
  • The opportunity to build employability skills and confidence through internships in DLA Piper office, with commercial and pro bono clients
  • Leadership Course, delivered in partnership with Saïd Business School, Oxford University in the UK

Building networks

  • Actively participate in the GSP Alumni network community
  • Develop relationships with peers in the programme locally and nationally
  • Complete world-class training programmes focused on leadership development and the rule of law
  • Prepare for business and community leadership
  • Network with successful industry and community leaders

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

  1. Be studying law, and in your last to second last year of study in your home country, or

  2. Have completed a Law degree and have been accepted to pursue a Masters Degree in a related field in your home country.

  3. Currently be achieving, or be expected to achieve, a first class degree, or be in the top 10% of your class, and

  4. Receive a recommendation from your university

  5. Be a citizen of the country you are applying from

  6. Have a good level of spoken and written English as this will ensure you are able to fully participate in the programme

Before you submit your application, please check you have the following:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the Dean! Head of your law School,

  2. A supporting! Personal statement which describes why you chose to study law, and what you want to achieve in your career (up to 500 words)

  3. Applications should be submitted to DLA Piper via the online application form, you will receive a link to the application form from your university.

The DLA Piper global scholarships programme application phase is between September-November of each year and application link can be accessed at the faculty t of law at the following partner Universities:

Africa
Mozambique - The Eduardo Mondlane University

Rwanda - National University of Rwanda

Senegal - Groupe ISM

The Gambia - University of The Gambia

Uganda - Makerere University

Zambia - University of Zambia; and the University of Lusaka

Asia Pacific
Bangladesh - University of Dhaka; and North South University

Cambodia - Royal University of Law and Economics

Laos - National University of Laos

Vanuatu - University of the South Pacific

Latin America
Guatemala - Universidad Rafael Landívar

El Salvador - ESEN, Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios

Honduras - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (UNAH)


The application process:

  1. University advertises opportunity to eligible students and send them the application link. In some countries, Fellows from previous years help to identify potential candidates and can share the link to the application form.

  2. Candidates apply via the online portal, ensuring to add all details and supporting documents requested (candidates must include their contact details, email and phone number)

  3. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by phone for a pre-interview screening call

  4. Candidates who eligible and pass the pre-screening assessment will be asked to attend a face to face interview, usually at their university or at a local DLA Piper office

  5. All candidates (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by email

  6. Programme begins, students will become known as DLA Piper Fellows and will be invited to a Development Course with all new Fellows

For any questions, please contact Clementine Johnson, Head of Social Impact, and Mthusi Morebodi, Global Scholarship Program Manager.

Clementine Johnson

Clementine Johnson
Head of Social Impact
clementine.johnson@dlapiper.com

Mthusi Morebodi

Mthusi Morebodi
Global Scholarship Program Manager
mthusi.morebodi@dlapiper.com