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Anglo-American Exchange

This scholarship has been established to foster relationships between the Middle Temple and the United States of America. It is intended to enable a member of the Inn who is newly Called, or about to be Called, to observe the methods of practice in a fused profession.

The successful candidate will be attached to Nick Critelli Associates in Des Moines, Iowa. This is a small but highly prestigious law firm, which specialises in trial work and litigation. Arrangements are also made to sit with judges in the Federal Court in Des Moines and the Iowa Court of Appeal. A single scholarship, worth £3,000, is awarded each year for a stay of about six weeks in the autumn.

Experience has shown that American lawyers are very interested in the English legal system and the Inns of Court, in comparison with their own system, and the candidate is often required to discuss the merits of both legal systems on formal and informal occasions. It is important, therefore, that the successful candidate is a good ambassador for both the Bar and the Middle Temple.

Priority may be given to suitable candidates who have not previously benefited from other equivalent awards.  The selection panel will, if it thinks fit, create a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed.

At the conclusion of the scholarship, a short report to the Inn of the time spent in America should be submitted to the Scholarships Officer.

Please click here to read the 2018 scholar's report.

Please click here to read the 2019 scholar's report.

Applications Are Currently Closed

Applicants are required to download and complete the application form and submit it, signed and dated, along with a full Curriculum Vitae and a recent academic reference. 

The selection panel reserves the right to draw up a shortlist for interview.  The application process, including interviews, have been put on hold while the Inn tries to establish how the scholarship can go ahead in light of the current crisis. Applicants will be informed by email of any developments.

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

Please email your application to the Scholarships Officer at