Wannabe barristers have until Friday 2 November to apply
Millions of pounds are up for grabs as the wealthy Inns of Court consider a fresh round of Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) scholarship applications — and it’s still not too late to apply.
The foursome — Inner Temple, Gray’s Inn, Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn — collectively dish out around £5 million each year to help support young bar hopefuls through their vocational training. With some London-based students forking out northwards of £19,000 to secure a place on the pre-pupillage course, the Inn’s scholarships offer a financial lifeline for many aspiring barristers.
This year, it breaks down roughly like this between the four Inns: Inner Temple (£1,800,000), Lincoln’s Inn (£1,600,000), Middle Temple (£1,300,000) and Gray’s Inn (£900,000). It’s worth noting that these figures include Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) scholarships and pupillage awards, however, the lion’s share of the cash is set aside for BPTC-ers.
Aspiring barristers have until Friday 2 November (be sure to check the varying deadline times on this day) to apply and don’t need to be a member of a particular Inn to be considered. However, if successful, students must be a member of the Inn in order to collect their cheque.
So what are the Inns looking for in a successful candidate? Well, each Inn applies its own assessment criteria, but key factors include intellectual ability, motivation to succeed as a barrister and personal qualities.
In terms of the application process, students submit an application form (usually online), followed by a face-to-face interview at the Inn. Some Inns will even help with travels expenses for those living outside London.