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Thursday, 15 December 2005

The University of Cambridge is delighted to announce the support of international law firm Lovells in funding a lectureship at the University’s Faculty of Law - the Lovells Lectureship in Law. The firm is also funding 14 student bursaries for law undergraduates.

The initiatives are part of Lovells' commitment to ensuring that high calibre talent continues to join the legal profession, by fostering links with academia.

Lovells will fund the lectureship for five years starting from September 2006. The post has recently been advertised, with short-listed applicants invited for interview in January 2006.

In addition to funding the lectureship, the firm has also agreed to provide 14 bursaries for law undergraduates, who have been selected from among those having greatest financial need. The bursaries are a welcome support to the University’s commitment to support disadvantaged students and are administered through the University’s Isaac Newton Trust.

The 14 students are currently in their first year and will each receive £1,000 a year for three years. Some of the students, along with Cambridge academics and Lovells' Cambridge alumni, recently attended a reception at the firm's Atlantic House office to celebrate the lectureship and bursaries.

Lawson Caisley, Lovells' graduate recruitment partner, said: "Lovells has always sought to recruit people with a combination of academic excellence, ambition and drive. To continue to find those people, we must support universities in delivering outstanding teaching in law to undergraduates.”

Professor James Crawford, Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University, said: “We would like to thank Lovells for their generous support of the new lectureship and the bursaries, as well as the existing book sponsorship scheme. In order to ensure the quality of teaching is maintained for undergraduates, Cambridge needs financial support from firms like Lovells as well as alumni. Law has been studied and taught in Cambridge since the 13th century.".