London Law Firm, Leigh Day, has announced the extension of its programme of support to CCELAT by funding five new LLB scholarships each year at the University of Fort Hare in addition to the law scholarships already offered at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) since 2000. For many years the Trust enjoyed a close relationship with the University of Fort Hare, whose former students include Kwame Nkrumah, Oliver Tambo, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela and we are delighted to further cement this association. The scholarships will be offered to academically gifted students from historically disadvantaged communities who are committed to using the law as an instrument of social justice.
The Leigh Day scholarships at UWC have been a great success and alumni are now working as attorneys at some of South Africa’s top law firms and civil society organisations, as well teaching in Universities and acting as prosecutors for the national authority. In 2015 Canon Collins scholar, Tony Dammert, led the UWC team (pictured, right) that first won the South African moot court competition and then went on to represent the country at the International Moot competition in Washington DC. We are proud of the achievements of the Trust’s scholars and look forward to welcoming more exceptional individuals onto these programmes.
“I am delighted that we are extending our LLB scholarship programme to even more promising academic students in South Africa who are in dire need of support to allow them to complete their law degrees and go on to serve their communities as lawyers.”- Russell Levy, Partner, Leigh Day