Scholarships

Scholarships are available to all, irrespective of background, to support and encourage students to become barristers. Most of these awards are for those undertaking their Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), and the remainder go to those in their CPE/GDL and/or pupillage years.

For the year 2013, Gray's Inn gave in excess of £800,000 in scholarships, awards and prizes. These have been and will continue to be awarded on merit. Below is a summary of the main scholarships, awards and prizes offered by Gray’s Inn:



  
For full details on all Gray's Inn scholarships, awards & prizes (including deadlines, number of awards given and
amounts awarded) please visit the relavant sections from the menu on the left or download our latest
scholarship handbook:
 
 
Hard copies are also available in person at the Education Department.
 
Submitting an application
 
The Hebe Plunkett Award, CPE / GDL Awards, BPTC Scholarships and Awards and Senior Scholarships for Pupillage require an application submitted via the online scholarship application system. Online application periods open approximately six weeks in advance of the closing date. Please visit the relevant section from the menu on the left for specific opening and closing dates and then click here to access the online application system. New users will be required to create an account.

If you are using the system in Internet Explorer 9 or above please ensure you disable ‘compatibility view’ before starting an application. Please click here for instructions on how to do this.

For all other scholarships and awards please visit the relevant section from the menu on the left to determine the application procedure.
 
General factors applied when considering applications
  • Intellectual ability: The ability to conduct legal research and give written advice, as demonstrated by performance in school and university examinations, the interview and, where appropriate, other experience.
  • Motivation to succeed at the Bar: Knowledge of the profession and the Courts, and steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister, will be taken into account.
  • Potential as an advocate: Both in oral and written skills. This can include the applicant’s experience in public speaking, mooting, debating, participation in mock advocacy exercises, etc.
  • Personal qualities: The qualities required of members of the Bar include self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability, and the capacity to work effectively with clients, colleagues and chamber’s staff.

For full details regarding the application process, references and general conditions for applicants & scholars please visit the Conditions for Applicants & Scholars

Equal Opportunities
 
The Inn's Equal Opportunities policy is applied to applicants for all scholarships, awards, internship funding and prizes and includes the following:
 
“This Society, in common with the other Inns, is committed to a policy of fairness and equality of opportunity without discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or political persuasion or, from October 2006, age (‘prohibited   grounds’). The Society will have regard to the needs of disabled persons and will comply with such provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and of Regulations and Codes made under it as may be in force from time to time and which apply to them.”
 
A complete copy of the Inn's Code, and of the complaints procedure, is available on request from the Director of Education.

Contacts

Applications (not including those submitted via the online application system) and references are to be sent to:

Quinn Clarke, Director of Education
Education Department
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
8 South Square
London
WC1R 5ET
 
  • Applicants submit applications separately and
  • Referees should submit references directly.
 
For any queries please contact:

Kyri Savva, Education Officer                        
020 7458 7951    
                            
Juliet Harrison, Registrar
020 7458 7808
 
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IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please note that candidates may apply for a scholarship/award to one Inn only. Multiple applications are not allowed, and the Inns circulate one another with a list of applicants for all scholarships and awards. Successful applicants must have joined that Inn and no other if the money is to be paid. Candidates may apply to the Inn for more than one scholarship or award in any one year, but, with the exception of awards made on the basis of performance in the BPTC, will not be granted more than one scholarship or award in any one year.
 
ANY STUDENT WHO MAKES A MULTIPLE APPLICATION TO THIS AND ANY OTHER INN, OR WHO JOINS ANOTHER  INN, WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO THE GRANT OF A SCHOLARSHIP OR AWARD FROM THIS INN. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS RULE APPLIES TO ALL FOUR INNS.