Other Scholarships and Prizes

The Inn provides several scholarships and prizes in addition to our major GDL, Bar Course and Pupillage Scholarships: 

  • the Hebe Plunkett Scholarships for disabled students and pupils
  • the Michael Beloff Essay Prize and The Lee Essay Prize are run annually and offer cash prizes
  • the Nicholls Prize is awarded annually to the winner of the Gray's Inn Moot Competition
  • the Norman Tapp Memorial Prizes are awarded annually to the best senior mooters from the Bar Course year
  • the pupil who demonstrates the best advocacy performance on the day of The Trial Exercise is awarded The James Hunt Prize
  • the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize provides a wig and gown to a member entering pupillage

The Hebe Plunkett Scholarship  

The Hebe Plunkett award is for students or pupils who will incur additional expenditure to complete their course or pupillage because of a disability or a chronic health condition. The Hebe Plunkett Award is made to meet additional costs which are necessary to ensure the student or pupil can perform to the best of their ability.

In the application for the award students or pupils are required to clearly outline the nature of the additional expenditure (for example software, equipment, treatment costs), why it is necessary for the completion of the course or pupillage and a detailed explanation of the likely costs to be incurred.  Applicants are to provide enough information to allow the panel to make a decision based on need and with a clear explanation of the additional costs. Detailed medical information should not be provided. 

Applications are accepted at any time. Applicants should write a letter of not more than 500 words in length which describes need, the nature of the additional support required and its cost, to the Scholarships Committee (Hebe Plunkett).  Letters should be submitted via email to the Scholarships team . A decision will be made within 6 weeks of receipt of the application.

The Michael Beloff Essay Prize

Submissions are currently closed. View the 2020 question and application details.

A prize of up to £1,000 will be awarded for an essay on a selected subject in Administrative Law. 

Open to student members of the Inn who are seeking pupillage, or any members of the Inn who have been called to the Bar for a period of not more than twelve months and are seeking pupillage.  In either case applicants may not have already gained a Michael Beloff Essay Prize.

Application and deadline

  • The essay question will be released in our news and on the Inn's social media in July with a deadline for essay submissions in October
  • You must submit a PDF version of your essay using the online form
  • The essay must be your original composition and be between 3,000 and 5,000 words (including footnotes)
  • Essays exceeding the stated length will not be considered
  • Your essay is to be signed using a pseudonym and must not contain your real name
  • The winner will be invited to include their essay as the lead publication in the Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal

The Lee Essay Prize

Submissions are currently closed. View the 2020 question and application details.

A first prize of up to £1,500 and a second prize of up to £500 will be awarded for an essay on a selected subject on the Common or Statute Law of England and Wales. 

Open to any students or members of the Inn who have been called to the Bar for a period of not more than twelve months. In either case applicants must not have already gained a Lee Essay Prize.

Application and deadline

  • The essay question will be released in our news and on the Inn's social media in July with a deadline for essay submissions in October
  • You must submit a PDF version of your essay using the online form
  • The essay must be your original composition and be between 3,000 and 5,000 words (including footnotes)
  • Essays exceeding the stated length will not be considered
  • Your essay is to be signed using a pseudonym and must not contain your real name

Nicholls Prize 

The prize is generously made available by Three Raymond Buildings (3RB) in honour of Clive Nicholls QC a Bencher of the Inn. 

The Norman Tapp Memorial Prizes  

Three prizes of up to £325 each will be awarded annually to the runners up in the final of the Gray's Inn Moot Competition. 

The James Hunt Prize

The James Hunt prize is awarded to a pupil who demonstrates the best advocacy performance on the day of The Trial Exercise, which is held at the Royal Courts of Justice each spring and marks the fifth and final stage of the Pupil Advocacy Course.

The Ede and Ravenscroft Prize

Ede and Ravenscroft donate the prize of a wig and gown each year to a trainee barrister member entering pupillage. The winner is chosen by the Scholarships Committee.

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