Members of the Inn join for life and therefore its membership consists of students, barristers, judges and many who have made their way in other walks of life. A significant number of the Inn's membership practices abroad.If you want to know more about becoming a barrister and joining the Inn, follow the link to Joining the Inn.
The Inn does not have social members. Barristers called by another Inn who wish to join ad eundem can also find information and an application form at the link above. Other legally qualified applicants are advised to contact the Registrar for further information:
. For those intending to join as student members, scholarships are available and details on these can be found in the Education section. The Inn provides more than £1.4m in scholarships and bursaries each year to aspiring barristers.
The Education section of the website sets out the requirements for qualifying sessions and how they are achieved, and has much other information for both students and barristers, whether pupils or established practitioners, and for those considering the bar as a profession.
The Members' Area is specifically for those who are already members of the Inn. Within it are dedicated pages for benchers, for which authorisation is required. Benchers can register by logging in on the Benchers' page, or by contacting the Bench Administrator:
. All members can access relevant information about dining in the Inn, members' accommodation and training and education opportunities from the Members' Area, as well as from the relevant departmental areas of the website. The Inn has alumni in many parts of the world and certain jurisdictions have their own alumni associations, details of which are available by following the link to Alumni.
The Banqueting and Room Hire link opens a separate website which gives information on the facilities which are available for public hire. The Inn is a unique and historic site which can provide high quality catering and operational support to a wide range of events and dining occasions. While most of its rooms can be made available, their primary function is in support of the Inn's educational and collegiate activities and these will inevitably take priority. Fortunately, the programme of events is set well in advance and most requests can therefore be met.
The Property Management pages set out matters affecting the Inn's residential and commercial portfolios as well as details for residents on property issues. There is also information on residential apartments, as and when they become available to rent. Flats are available in the first instance to members and secondly to members of other Inns: they are not available to let to the general public.
The Library, which may be used by all barristers of any Inn and by student members of Lincoln's Inn, has its own pages which provide information on services provided by the Library, including services for barristers based outside London. The Library pages also carry information about the Inn's Archives.
On the Chapel pages are details of Chapel services and music in the Chapel. The Inn is fortunate in having a professional choir whose music is of a very high order. Sunday Chapel services are open to the public. Members may arrange to hold marriages and christenings there, although these services are not available to the general public.
From time to time there are vacancies for employment in Lincoln's Inn, and details of current opportunities are listed on the Staff Recruitment pages.
The Inn has produced over time a number of books and pamphlets which draw on the knowledge or research interests of individual members or friends of Lincoln's Inn, and these are listed, together with details of suppliers, in the short section on publications.
Whilst some of the Inn's collegiate buildings are available from time to time for private hire, the income derived from this activity falls far short of that needed to cover their maintenance. The Inn has four Grade I listed buildings, with almost all the remaining buildings listed Grade II* or Grade II. The maintenance and conservation of these historic buildings sets considerable challenges, and to assist in the task the Inn has established a Heritage Fund which seeks to preserve these buildings for posterity. Contributions to the fund are, of course, always welcome!
Whether you are a university student contemplating a career at the bar, a newly-qualified barrister, a senior bencher or just an interested member of the public,we hope you will enjoy reading about Lincoln's Inn on these pages and will find the information you are looking for here.