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Dean’s Scholars Fund


Shaping the future of law

Oxford Law is a meeting place for some of the most gifted graduate students from around the world. Graduate students play a key role in advancing the Faculty of Law’s mission to deliver outstanding legal research.

Yet for many offer-holders, a lack of funding remains a barrier to taking up their places at Oxford – only 50% of all graduate students at Oxford enjoy the security of scholarship funding. As other traditional sources of funding are stretched to support graduates affected by the lockdown or are no longer available due to economic pressures on funding bodies, financial support for future generations of law alumni has become more important than ever.

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That is why this year we are launching a new initiative, the Dean’s Scholars Fund, to provide financial support and opportunities to those students who have so much to offer to our collective future. Today we would like to invite you to give your support in establishing this initiative.


As Dean, I want to ensure that the Law Faculty 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
Mindy Chen-Wishart, Dean of the Faculty of Law

Gifts to the Dean’s Scholars Fund will deliver much needed financial relief by providing need-based partial scholarships to our graduate community. By making a single, monthly, or annual donation to the Dean’s Scholars Fund, you will be making a real difference and unlock opportunities for the most creative and diligent students, irrespective of background, and ensure they can accept their offer without hesitation.

Without funding, I would have been unable to pursue the BCL, so I’ve benefitted enormously from it. Professionally, it has enabled me to take courses that will be useful in legal practice, such as Commercial Remedies and Human Rights at Work.

Benjamin Cartwright, BCL 2020-21

Our goal is to give our students the confidence, knowledge and creativity to shape their future. Supporting graduate education gives Oxford Law a stronger voice in the world by enabling us to attract exceptional graduate students from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial need. Many of you will have helped and worked with Oxford Law over the years, but this is the first time we are turning to our wider community. We hope that we will be able to count on your support.

Help us launch the Dean’s Scholars Fund today with your donation