BARBRI Bridges

The funding initiative supporting aspiring lawyers by enhancing diversity, inclusion and wider access to the legal sector

How BARBRI Bridges is helping to create opportunities for all

About BARBRI Bridges

BARBRI Bridges is an inclusive way to empower lawyers in creating a profession that is more representative of today’s society. As well as preparing you for SQE success with five decades of experience in the legal education sector, we’re breaking down financial obstacles to reduce barriers to qualification too so that aspiring lawyers from all walks of life have access to equal opportunities.

Introducing BARBRI Bridges

In September 2021, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) was officially introduced. We believe the new route to qualification will reduce existing barriers and strengthen diversity and representation of those working in the legal industry. We have launched BARBRI Bridges to help actively support this change in the profession.


Key funding pillars

Digital Innovation & Transformation

As a law tech global leader, we have over five decades of experience advocating and future-proofing digital-savvy talent into the profession.

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General Public Interest

Year after year, BARBRI supports thousands of students who seek to change the world. Last year alone, we awarded over $4.5M in BARBRI Public Interest Scholarships.

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We support initiatives that commit to diversifying its workforce in order to open up career pathways to individuals from all walks of life.

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Social, Economic & Environmental

We believe in the provision of legal services delivered to wider social groups and via a positive impact on the environment and the economy, always focusing on the bigger picture.

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Our partners

To help make BARBRI Bridges a reality, we’ve already partnered with a number of firms, charities and universities to help shape a funding model that meets the needs of the industry.

With £120,000 pledged so far through various partnership schemes and our own scholarship programmes, we’re working to increase diversity within the legal profession in England and Wales, one lawyer at a time.

Interested to join as an organisation partner? Click here to get in touch with our Business Development team.

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BARBRI Bridges opportunities for students

We are offering a number of scholarship options for students as part of our BARBRI Bridges initiative. Our aim is to widen access into the legal profession for students of all backgrounds.

Partner organisations about BARBRI Bridges

BARBRI really is being brilliantly visionary, innovative and proactive in creating and delivering opportunities to those seeking to enter the profession, in particularthose where obstacles might appear to be insurmountable.  Linklaters is delighted to work with BARBRI and Breaking Barriers in relation to its support of refugee lawyers and anticipates working on other important projects going forward. Watch this space. 

Patrick McCann, Director Learning for Linklaters LLP

There is no national strategy to support refugees in the UK to take their first steps into work. This leads to unemployment, exclusion. and untapped potential. With support from partners such as BARBRI, we can help people from a refugee background to access the legal profession and acquire the knowledge, confidence, experience and qualifications they need to gain stable, fulfilling employment matching their skills and aspirations. 

Matthew Powell, CEO, and founder of Breaking Barriers

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