Inns of Court open applications for big money BPTC scholarships

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Over £5 million up for grabs

Applications for the Inns of Court’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) scholarships are now open — but you’ll need to act quickly if you’re looking to get your hands on the free cash.

Each year, the flush foursome — Lincoln’s Inn, Middle Temple, Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn — dish out northwards of £5 million in much-needed financial support to the next generation of wannabe barristers. Legal Cheek‘s BPTC Most List shows students can fork out upwards of £19,000 to secure a place on the vocational course.

This time around, Inner Temple is set to offer seven large scholarships of about £20,000 each, plus a plethora of small awards totalling £1.5 million. Elsewhere, Lincoln’s Inn has set aside £1.4 million to cover around 100 scholarships, including five awards worth £20,000 a pop, while Middle Temple has a fund in excess of £1.1 million for BPTC scholarships and prizes. Finally, Gray’s Inn has made £1.2 million available this year to fund over 50 scholarships and awards.

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The cash prizes are awarded on the basis of merit, but Inns will also take into account an applicant’s financial need when determining the size of some scholarships.

If you’re thinking of applying (let’s face it, you’d be stupid not to), you have until Friday 1 November to apply and don’t need to be a member of a particular Inn to be considered. If successful, students must be a member of the Inn in order to collect the cash.

The fresh round of funding follows news that The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) is to launch its own training course for barristers priced at £13,000 — around 30% lower than any of the London-based BPTCs.

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The sourest of grapes

A BPTC scholarship might lead you to conclude that you have what it takes to secure pupillage and subsequently obtain your practising certificate, but it’s a will-o-the-wisp. Think carefully before undertaking and completing a course which, in the absence of a pupillage, completely stalls your legal career. Even if your year has been bankrolled by an Inn, believe me, the purgatory that follows is not worth it.


Criminally Junior

Works both ways though. I had huge self doubt about coming to the bar and didn’t think I stood a chance. Being awarded a large inn scholarship (or “cash prize”, ew) by a panel of experienced barristers and judges made a significant difference financially, but more than that it gave me the confidence to think I might actually belong in this world. And it turns out I do!



Good for you. Half of your peers, myself included, were imbued with the same confidence, only to have it smashed to a thousand pieces by an onslaught of pupillage rejections, in my case after quite a number of final round interviews. Never learning why I didn’t make the cut is the hard part.



Redbrickers, Northerners, BAME men (and women and everyone in between), lend me your ears!


Even if you don’t think you will get it- do it anyway.

I did. Bar Course paid for. Sorted!



Lend us a pound



Who earns more? NQ at Kirkland or junior at Blackstone chambers?



Junior at Blackstone would earn twice as much and work fewer hours.


I Am Not Giving You My Email Address

And they would qualify a year earlier, so by the time someone was NQ in a firm they would be two years in and earning even more.


Kirkland NQ

That’s hillarious. Come back when a newly called barrister at any chambers owns a major piece of Chelsea real estate, a Lambo in the garage and a yacht docked in Monte Carlo.



Yawn. Dull one trick pony is back.


You can call me Al

A one trick pony too thick to spell “hilarious”. Sad little boy.


First-year tenant at Blackstone definitely bills in excess of £100k. That isn’t money ‘earned’ though in the same way that a NQ solicitor ‘earns’. Barristers have to subtract from ‘earnings’ (more appropriate term is probably ‘billing(s)’) chambers’ expenses, travel, various types of insurance to cover critical illness, negligence claims etc… And then comes tax.



Minus student loan debt, BPTC/GDL loans, payments to ex-wives, mortgage and childcare costs.




Junior at Blackstone, by a country mile. Next question?

And the social cachet gulf is immeasurable too.



Social cachet?

The public hates lawyers.

Their wives likely do to, but at least there’s free holidays involved.


Insta Travel Blogger

Most importantly, you don’t need to repay the cash back if you don’t get pupillage!



No, you just have to deal with being stuck in professional limbo, hating life as a paralegal before settling on a career as a solicitor and chasing a TC, or limping out of the legal profession entirely.


Insta Travel Blogger

Limping out of the profession?

Have the time of my life managing a business whilst travelling the world. I watch everyone else I left behind suffer from crippling stress and anxiety. Each time I meet up with friends from the BPTC, I have a tan, fantastic photographs and feel great. They can’t stop complaining about dodgy solicitors, bad clerking, unpaid fees and how bad their dating life is because men ‘can’t handle female lawyers’.

You have a choice to paralegal for years trying to have the ‘perfect’ CV and to reach a ‘standard’ that keeps shifting, or you can move on to better things with no regrets.

Life’s too short for time-wasting ‘limbo’.


If you can’t do, do recruitment.


Lord Harley of Counsel

Can I get some likes please mother fuckers


You can call me Al

I like booze and drugs. There you go.


Legal Officer with a 2.ii

Tbh, you seem to lack the academics of commercial barristers but the levels of manipulation, self-delusion, boasting, gluttony and social awkwardness is exactly the same


Caroline Bratt

Calm your beans, lord neckbeard.


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