Graduate students in a lecture theatre in the Faculty of Law

Philanthropy Report 2020/21

Dean’s Scholars Fund in law successfully launched


The fund will help provide opportunities for talented students to develop their skills at Oxford, irrespective of their financial background.

As one of the world’s leading institutions for the teaching and study of law, the University’s Faculty of Law has a strong track record in educating the leaders of tomorrow in the legal profession, policymaking and in other impactful roles. The distinctive combination of knowledge, leadership skills and intellectual confidence they gain during their time at Oxford equips students with the tools and the mindset to improve society by tackling the most important questions of the day.

At the graduate level, however, many gifted students are unable to pursue their academic and professional goals due to a lack of funding, meaning a loss of talent to the practice of law and to society more widely. To address this challenge, the faculty launched the Dean’s Scholars Fund in June 2021 to provide financial support and opportunities to those students who have so much to offer, but who would otherwise not be able to take up their place due to financial barriers. By the end of August, almost £26,000 had been donated.

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart, said: ‘As Dean, I want to ensure that the Faculty of Law is a place where people have a sense of community, common purpose and that we continue to support the brightest minds in achieving their academic and professional goals. This tremendous support will enable us to provide opportunities for the most diligent and promising students to develop their skills at Oxford, irrespective of their financial background. It will help shape the next generation of graduates and help to shape the future of law.’


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