Conditions for Applicants and Scholars

Conditions for Applicants

GDL and BPTC Scholarship applications 
Including Hebe Plunkett Scholarship applications to be applied towards the GDL or BPTC

  • You do not need to be a member of the Inn to apply, but
  • you may only apply to one 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 scholarship is to be paid. This rule applies to all four Inns. If you are already an Inn member, you may only apply to your Inn. 
  • Part time students may apply in advance of their first or second year.
  • You must intend to pursue a career at the Bar of England and Wales in order to apply.
  • You do not need to have a confirmed place on the GDL or BPTC course at the time of your interview, but
  • you must intend, and be able to undertake the course (GDL or BPTC) in the next academic year.
  • For GDL and BPTC scholarship interviews the Inn will not interview you by teleconference
  • For other scholarships, and internship funding interviews, the Inn will consider the candidate’s circumstances and may allow a teleconference interview. Candidates must seek permission well in advance of the interview.
  • Interview dates are not flexible and should be committed  to your diary
  • You can only be awarded a GDL or BPTC scholarship once.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you may apply again in the following round (the same deadlines apply). This includes part time students prior to commencement of the second year of study.

References

  • Two references are required (unless stated otherwise) - details on referee eligibility and guidance for referees on completing references can be found in Notes to Scholarship Referees
  • It is helpful if your referee can express an opinion as to your performance and/or potential in relation to the general merit 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)
  • Both 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

Scholarships for pupillage

  • You must be a member of the Inn to apply for scholarships for Senior or Ann Goddard Scholarships for pupillage
  • You are expected to attend interviews in person, however, in exceptional circumstances the Inn will consider the candidate’s circumstances and may allow a teleconference interview. Candidates must seek permission well in advance of the interview.
  • Two references are required (unless stated otherwise) - details on referee eligibility and guidance for referees on completing references can be found in Notes to Scholarship Referees
  • We require one academic reference and one from your pupil supervisor
  • Both your references must also be received by the application deadline 
  • You will not be interviewed without receipt of both references

Senior Scholarships for pupillage

  • Conditional upon successful candidates having passed the BPTC examinations unconditionally at their first attempt

Other scholarship applications

  • You must be a member of the Inn to apply for internship scholarships, The Michael Beloff and Lee Essay Prize and other scholarships and prizes. 
  • A candidate may hold different scholarships in successive years, but with the exception of the Hebe Plunkett Scholarship, prizes and internship funding, may not hold more than one scholarship in any one year.

Conditions for Scholars

In order to receive your scholarship, you must

  • be a member of the Inn (and no other) by the admission application deadline, 31 May, if the money is to be paid.
  • present proof of your enrolment on the BPTC or GDL
  • undertake to
    • qualify for Call to the Bar
    • diligently pursue practice at the Bar of England and Wales
    • commit to support the professional development of future Inn members
  • and keep the Inn periodically apprised of your career progression.

Please note that:

  • Scholarship deferrals are granted only in exceptional circumstances.  Scholars must submit a written request to the Scholarships Committee.
  • Scholarships may be paid in instalments at the discretion of the Scholarships Committee. Part time students may receive their scholarship funds in two annual instalments. 
  • Scholarships are paid by cheque and must be collected from the Education Department. Those studying at validated institutions outside of London may make arrangements to have payment sent to them (BPTC students can collect their cheque at the Introductory Weekend). 
  • If at any time before completing pupillage a person becomes unable to comply with the undertaking given, the scholar must report that fact to the Director of Education and may at the discretion of the Scholarships Committee be required to repay all or part of any sums awarded.

Disclosures

The scholarship application does not ask you to indicate whether there may be a matter which calls into question whether you are a fit and proper person to become a practising barrister. However, please be aware that:

  • If you are awarded a scholarship, or internship funding, you must be a member of the Inn before any funds will be paid
  • In order to become a member of the Inn, the Inn must be satisfied that you are a fit and proper person to become a practicing barrister
  • When you apply to become a member of the Inn, you must disclose any matter which might reasonably be thought to call into question your fitness to become a practicing barrister
  • Matters that call into question your fitness to practise will be referred to the Inns’ Conduct Committee [ICC] to decide whether you are eligible for admission to the Inn
  • If the ICC decides not to admit you, you will not be eligible for your scholarship

The Bar Standards Board Handbook governs the Inns of Court and states under Part 4 (Admission to an Inn of Court) that in order to be eligible for admission to an Inn of Court a person must “be a fit and proper person to become a practicing barrister". It also states "if the applicant for admission to an Inn falls within Rule Q17, the Inn must refer the question whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to become a practicing barrister to the Inns’ Conduct Committee to decide.  An applicant falls within Rule Q17 if:

  1. the applicant has been convicted of a Criminal Offence (or is the subject of pending Criminal Proceedings) or
  2. the applicant has been convicted of a disciplinary offence by a professional or regulatory body (or is the subject of pending proceedings for such an offence) or
  3. the applicant has been the subject of a Bankruptcy Order or Directors Disqualification Order or entered into an individual voluntary arrangement with creditors or
  4. the applicant has previously been refused admission to or expelled from an Inn or
  5. there is any other circumstance which in the opinion of the Inn calls into question the applicant’s fitness to become a practicing barrister"

Data Privacy

The Inn will retain and/or use the information supplied in your application to administer and determine your application. This may include information from third parties, for example the references that you arrange to be provided.  We will disclose this information to the committees and interviewers who consider your application. If and/or when you become a member of the Inn, your application & references will be kept in your membership file.

We may share information about your identity with the other Inns of Court for the administration of the scholarship process.

If you are successful, your name will be published in the Times together with the name of the scholarship you receive.

Ethnic monitoring

The information provided on the Ethnic Monitoring form is entirely voluntary and will not affect your application.  This information will be provided, nameless, to the Race Relations Committee of the General Council of the Bar for the monitoring of the ethnic origin of candidates.

Your rights

The Inn adheres to the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the 'GDPR').  Please see the Inn's Data Privacy Policy for further information. 

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