Basic Information for Students

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns of Court are membership organisations for barristers and students intending to practise at the Bar.

As well as offering training and support to its members, the Middle Temple acts as a professional home for barristers.

The Inn’s membership includes students, barristers and judges. The governing body is known as Masters of the Bench (or Benchers).

Only the Inns of Court have the right to ‘Call’ men and women to the Bar of England and Wales. Student members of the Inn acquire the academic degree of barrister when they are Called to the Bar. The requirements for this ordinarily include successful completion of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and attendance at a prescribed number of Qualifying Sessions.

The most senior members of the Inn, the Masters of the Bench, are represented in the committees which collectively govern the Inn. For more information on this see  Governance.


The Middle Temple offers scholarships for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). For more information and for details of other scholarships available, please click here.

Student Services

The Inn offers a number of services to its student members to help them hone their skills as advocates and introduce them to life at the Bar. Amongst other things, the Inn offers the following:

Middle Temple Students’ Association (MTSA)

The Inn also has a students’ association, which offers mooting and debating opportunities, holds social events and runs workshops. Members of its elected committee sit on all of the Inn’s Committees whose work is of concern to students, including the Executive Committee.

For more information on the MTSA, click here.