The Middle Temple has always prided itself on its commitment to encouraging the most talented students, regardless of background. We were the first Inn to make the decision (now common practice amongst the Inns) that all candidates for scholarships should receive an interview and that financial need would be an important factor in setting the level of award.
Applications for the Bar Course Scholarships for 2020/21 will shortly be open. Applications for the GDL Scholarships will open in mid-March 2021 and close on the first Friday of May 2021.
There are two competitions for Major Scholarships each year: one for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), or equivalent conversion course, and one for the Bar Course.
Applications for both GDL scholarships and Bar Course scholarships become available on the website usually about 6 weeks before the closing date.
Bar Course Scholarships
A number of Entrance Exhibitions are awarded annually, together with the Major Scholarships; each Exhibition covers the Admission and Call Fees (currently £230).
Exhibitions for students from Oxford and Cambridge Universities are named Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitions; exhibitions for students from other universities are named Blackstone Entrance Exhibitions.
One Lord Justice Sachs Entrance Exhibition worth £500 may be awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate of Christ Church, Oxford.
When awarding scholarships to prospective GDL and / or BPTC students, the Inn takes the following criteria into account:
The following Major Scholarships, i.e. scholarships for the BPTC and GDL years, are awarded:
The Queen’s Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to the single best candidate who demonstrates exceptional promise.
Queen Mother’s Scholarship
This fund is intended to assist outstanding candidates.
The following Overseas Scholarships are available for members of any Inn who have completed the BPTC:
The Hon. Sir Peter Bristow Scholarship was instituted in 1978 to help barristers "to study the workings of the institutions of the European Communities in the places where they are established and in particular the workings of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg".
The Harold G. Fox Education Fund was established in 1966 to build relationships between lawyers in Canada and the Middle Temple. Each year, the Fund sponsors two scholars to undertake a ten-month placement in a law firm in Toronto. These scholarships are now open to members of all the Inns.
The scholars are each awarded C$38,000 together with reasonable travelling expenses to and from Canada. Two lakeside furnished apartments in Toronto, minutes from the CN Tower, are owned by the Fund and are provided for each scholar at a subsidised cost of C$800 per month.
Middle Temple supports and participates in the Pegasus Scheme, which is administered by Inner Temple. Scholarships are available to tenants or employed barristers of each of the Inns up to five years' practice as a barrister (not including pupillage). Scholarships usually start in July and last for three months, but arrangements are necessarily dependent on what is suitable to the host firm.