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Bar Course & GDL Scholarships


Scholarships are available for the Bar Course and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or equivalent post-graduate conversion courses. Only candidates who intend to practise at the Bar of England or Wales are eligible to apply.

These scholarships will be paid in one instalment at the start of the academic year for a full-time course.

If the course is undertaken part-time, applications can be made either before the first or before the second year of the course. If an award is made at the beginning of the course, it will be paid in two instalments (half at the start of each year).

Scholarships will be awarded on merit after taking into account the candidate’s intellectual ability, motivation to succeed at the Bar, advocacy potential and personal qualities. The amount of the award will depend on the scholar’s financial circumstances. Usually, the award will meet a percentage of the difference between the scholar’s resources and needs. The cost of meeting the special needs of disabled scholars will be given special consideration. Please click here to view the criteria considered.


The Inn welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. There is no age limit for any scholarship or prize.

Applications for scholarships may be made before joining the Inn, but no award will be paid until the successful candidate has been admitted to the Inn. Candidates can only apply to one Inn.

Applications 2022/23

Applications for the GDL Scholarships are now open - please click here to access the application form .

Applications for the GDL scholarship are open and will close on Friday 6th May at 4 p.m. 

Applications for the Bar Course scholarships will reopen in September 2022 for courses commencing between September 2023 and April 2024.

The closing dates for scholarship applications are usually as follows:

  • Bar Course: First Friday in November of the year preceding the start of the Bar Course.
  • Scholarships for the GDL: First Friday in May of the academic year preceding the start of the GDL course.



The first Inn to do so, it has long been Middle Temple’s policy to interview all candidates for Bar Course/GDL scholarships (the only prerequiste is that candidates must have either received an offer of a place on the Bar Course/GDL or have an application pending before their interview takes place). The first criterion for making an award is invariably merit, but financial circumstances will be taken into account when fixing the amount of the award.  Please click here to view the criteria considered.

The Inn is prepared to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for candidates travelling from outside the M25 to attend the interview, up to a maximum of £65 per candidate.  Please click here for further information.

Important dates for your diary

Please click here to see deadlines for application and scheduled interview dates.