Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow calls on Scottish Government to act on fair access

The Council of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow today issued a statement supporting our campaign for fair access and calling on the government to extend student maintenance loans to DPLP students.  They are adding their voice to other parts of the profession including the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association (SYLA), the Scottish Legal Action Group and the Trainee and Newly Qualified Society (TANQ).

The Council’s statement says:

The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow supports the aims of the Campaign for Fair Access to the Legal Profession. It is in the interests of the legal profession and society as a whole that talented individuals (regardless of privilege or financial background) be given the opportunity to enter the profession. With the current cap of £3,400 of contribution to fees for the Diploma in Professional Practice and the fact that DPLP students are not entitled to student loans for living expenses there is a real possibility that aspiring lawyers from less well-off backgrounds may be deterred from pursuing a career in law. The extension of student loans for maintenance to those studying for the DPLP would be a very positive step towards affording equality of opportunity to potential entrants to the legal profession.

The text of the statement is published here on the RFPG’s website.

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