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 The Gide / Gray's Inn French-English Law Essay Prize is awarded annually and open to individuals in full time legal education for less than six years at the time of submission of the essay
  • 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 Scholarships  

The next application period for Hebe Plunkett Scholarships:

  • applications open  Wednesday 1 June 2022
  • applications close Friday 30 September 2022

The Hebe Plunkett Scholarships are for students or pupils who will incur additional expenditure to complete their course or pupillage because of a disability or a chronic health condition. A Hebe Plunkett Scholarship 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 scholarship 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. 

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 Gide / Gray's Inn French-English Law Essay Prize

Submissions will open in 2022.  To register to receive further information once it is available, please email Gide.

This competition is open to individuals in full time legal education for less than six years at the time of submission of the essay. It is not a requirement to be a member of Gray's Inn to enter an essay.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,500 plus a two-week paid internship with Gide London.  The runner-up will receive a prize of £1,000.

The winning author’s essay will be published in the Inn’s Student Law Journal and on the Gide website.

Application Details and Deadline

  • The essay competition will open at Easter each year (2022 is the inaugural year).  The opening date for submissions will be publicised on the Inn's and Gide’s social media.  Essays will be accepted from the opening date with a deadline for essay submissions at the end of August.  The winner will be announced in early September.
  • The topic will be announced at Easter 2022 and involve a comparison of the law affecting commercial transactions in the French and English legal systems. The essay submitted must be an original essay and must not be an essay also submitted as part of the author’s course of study.
  • The essay will be required to be the original work of the entrant. The essay is to be written unsupervised, meaning that it must be written without help from anyone. Applicants will be required to state that the essay is their own unaided work.
  • The essay must be a maximum of 2,500 words in length (including footnotes).
  • Essays exceeding the stated length will not be considered.
  • Co-authored essays will not be considered.
  • The panel of Judges from Gide and Gray's Inn will be chaired by Lady Justice Nicola Davies.

The Michael Beloff Essay Prize

Applications will open July 2022.

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. 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

Applications will open July 2022.

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 student members of the Inn. 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. 

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