Second chances for ex-offenders through education

The Longford Scholarships

Patrick Pakenham Awards

Read Law at a UK University

The aim of this annual scholarship, funded in part by the Legal Education Foundation, is to offer support to young serving and ex-prisoners who wish to continue their rehabilitation by going to a UK university or equivalent institution to read Law. All aspects of the Longford Scholarships guidelines also apply to the Patrick Pakenham Educational Awards.

Extending support

For those who want to practise as a solicitor or barrister after completing their Law degree, the Longford Trust mentor who works with each Patrick Pakenham scholar will be able to offer advice and practical help in gaining admission to the profession via the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and the Bar. Both will insist on interviewing anyone who has a criminal record. Both have discretion to set aside such a record and allow the candidate to proceed with their training, but both can also in some circumstances refuse to allow such progress. We may also be able to help with gaining summer placements.  In recent years Linklaters, Pinsent Masons and Bindmans have all offered such work placements to Patrick Pakenham Scholars.

How to apply for a scholarship

Apply using the application form for Longford Scholarships. Please make sure you tick the box for 'Patrick Pakenham Award'.

Who was Patrick Pakenham?

Patrick Pakenham

The Hon. Patrick Pakenham (right) was a distinguished barrister who at different stages in his life worked with his father, Lord Longford, in helping prisoners. Following his death in June 2005, his partner, Countess Dominique de Borchgrave worked with his children, his family and his many admirers and friends to establish the Patrick Pakenham Educational Awards as a memorial to his extraordinary life.  Dominique died in 2010 having seen the awards change lives.  Read more about her.


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