The Inn’s scholarships are available to all, irrespective of background, to support students to become barristers. There are scholarships for students undertaking the Bar Professional Training Courses (BPTC), the Common Professional Examination (CPE) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion courses. There are also Residential Scholarships for BPTC students and awards for those in pupillage.
For the year 2015, the Inn gave in excess of £850,000 in scholarships, awards and prizes.
Summary of main scholarships, awards and prizes
|CPE/GDL Awards||First Friday in May||June||Awards for conversion to law courses|
|BPTC Scholarships and Awards||First Friday in November||Late February/early March||Awards for the cost of the vocational training course|
|BPTC Residential Scholarships||Available to BPTC scholars only. An opportunity to apply will be made available to candidates who have been shortlisted for a BPTC Scholarship interview|
First Friday in May
First Friday in November
June / July
March / April
Awards to assist disabled students/pupils
|Senior Scholarships for Pupillage||January||February||Four Senior Scholarships for pupillage|
|Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarships||January||February||For pupils in whole or part publicly funded pupillages|
|Overseas Scholarships and Internship funding||31 March
|Approx. 3-4 weeks after close of application deadline||Scholarships and funding for overseas study and internships|
Within each section, you can find full details on each scholarship, including deadlines, eligibility and number and value of awards given. This information is also available in hard copy form (Scholarships Handbook) at the Education Department. If you are unsure which scholarship applies to you, please use our Admission and Scholarship Finder or submit an enquiry.
All our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit in the first instance. Applicants may choose (at the point of application) whether they wish to be considered for further funding based on financial need; successful applicants will then be assessed for additional scholarship funding based on financial need.
With all applications we consider the applicant’s:
- intellectual ability - the ability to conduct legal research and give written advice, as demonstrated by performance in school and university examinations, the interview and, where appropriate, other experience
- motivation to succeed at the Bar - knowledge of the profession and the Courts, and steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister
- potential as an advocate - both in oral and written skills. This can include experience in public speaking, mooting, debating, participation in mock advocacy exercises, etc.
- personal qualities - the qualities required of members of the Bar include self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and the capacity to work effectively with clients, colleagues and chambers' staff
Apply to only one Inn
You do not need to be a member of the Inn to apply for a CPE/GDL award or a BPTC Scholarship, but you may only apply to one Inn for a scholarship/award. If you are already an Inn member, you may only apply to your Inn. Multiple applications are not allowed and the Inns circulate their scholarship applicant lists with one another. If your application is successful you must join the awarding Inn, and no other, if the award is to be paid. This rule applies to all four Inns.
If you wish to submit an application for a CPE/GDL Award, BPTC Scholarship, a Hebe Plunkett Award or Senior Pupillage Scholarship, you must apply via our online scholarship application system. You will be required to create an account if you are a new user. Please visit the relevant section for specific opening and closing dates, but generally the online application periods open approximately six weeks in advance of the deadline.
If you are using the system in Internet Explorer 9 or above, please ensure you disable ‘compatibility view’ before starting an application.
For all other scholarships and awards please visit the relevant section to determine the application procedure.
- Please visit the relevant scholarship section to determine the submission procedure for references (BPTC and CPE/GDL scholarship references must be submitted via the online scholarship application system)
- Two references are required (unless stated otherwise)
- It is helpful if your referee can express an opinion as to your performance and/or potential in relation to the general factors applied to scholarship applications
- Your referees must have known you for at least one year
- Your references should be from people of standing and one reference must be academic. Applicants typically ask lecturers, teachers, barristers, employers, etc. (If an academic referee is no longer available, for example if you completed your degree several years ago, two professional references are a common and acceptable alternative)
- Your references are due by the application deadline and the Inn will not chase referees on your behalf
- You will not be interviewed without receipt of both references
Our Equal Opportunities Policy is applied to applicants for all scholarships, awards, internship funding and prizes:
“This Society, in common with the other Inns, is committed to a policy of fairness and equality of opportunity without discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or political persuasion or, from October 2006, age (‘prohibited grounds’). The Society will have regard to the needs of disabled persons and will comply with such provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and of Regulations and Codes made under it as may be in force from time to time and which apply to them.”
Contact and enquiries
For any queries regarding scholarships, please contact the Education Department or use the form below.