2024 Roger Leyland Memorial Scholarship
Roger Leyland was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills until his death in October 1996 at the young age of 43. He was the first black partner at a leading City firm and chaired The College of Law’s ethnic minority subcommittee. Roger was deeply committed to supporting the development of young lawyers, including sitting as a governor on the Council of the College of Law.
Our Roger Leyland Memorial Scholarship is designed to help exceptional Black and ethnic minority students access funding and work experience in law. Applicants should be in their first year of a three-year course or second year of a four-year course and must be a Rare candidate in order to apply.
Benefits of being a Roger Leyland Memorial Scholar include:
- £9,000 awarded over three years of study
- A mentor at the firm, as well as an HSF partner contact and a trainee buddy
- A guaranteed spot on the summer vacation scheme (conditional on reaching the required benchmark in first year exams)
- Personal study sessions with Rare’s Melissa Andrewes, a former Head of Students at the University of Law
- Invitations to exclusive firm events
- Runners-up may be considered for a place on the Summer vacation scheme.