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BPTC

Total amount available to be allocated: up to £1,400,000

All of Lincoln’s Inns BPTC Scholarships are awarded on merit. The value of each award is calculated through a means test based on the applicants’ disclosed financial resources and obligations.

Top Scholarship:

Lord Mansfield

Major Scholarships:

Lord Denning; Marchant; Tancred

Minor Scholarships:

Cassel; Droop; Kennedy; Mary MacMurray; Sir Thomas More

The Lord Mansfield is our most prestigious scholarship and the Inn offers up to five of these awards, each carrying a minimum value of £20,000.

Our Major Scholarships are our next most prestigious awards. The Lord Denning, Marchant and Tancred Scholarships are all offered as Major Scholarships. The Tancred scholarships are awarded by the Inn but the money for these awards is provided by the Tancred Foundation.

All Minor Scholarships awarded by Lincoln’s Inn are offered at the same level.

Apart from the minimum value of the Lord Mansfield Scholarships, the value of each award is calculated through a means test based on the applicants’ disclosed financial resources and obligations. A separate Means Testing Panel review applicants’ individual circumstances through the use of financial information provided during your Scholarship Application.

All Lincoln’s Inn Scholars also benefit from reduced qualifying session fees as well as free admission to the Inn and no call to the Bar fee.

If you have any questions about the scholarships at Lincoln’s Inn, please visit our FAQ page. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please contact the Scholarships Coordinator, Thomas Hope below.

Application Process

In order to apply for a BPTC Scholarship, students will need to submit an online application through the Inn’s Scholarships Application Portal.

Candidates will need to submit two references with their application, one of which must be an academic reference. Guidance notes for referees can be downloaded here.

Lincoln’s Inn does not interview all applicants. Candidates will be shortlisted and those who are offered an interview will be notified in February.

Interviews take place in March and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their interview by the end of March. Interviews are held in London, Birmingham and Manchester and applicants can indicate their preferred interview location on their application form.

The value of each award is calculated through a means test which is reviewed by a panel separate to the interviews.

Application Deadline

For students intending to start the BPTC in 2019:

Applications open:

Application deadline:

Friday 7 September 2018

Friday 2 November 2018 at 4.00pm

Application Criteria

All BPTC Scholarships are awarded on merit. Applicants will need to satisfy the following criteria in order to receive a scholarship:

  • Intellectual strength, ordinarily evidenced in large part by real excellence in performance at University.
  • A confident person capable also of being sensitive to other people and to the situation with which he or she is dealing.
  • High motivation and drive with evidence of serious commitment to some aspect of work at the Bar through, for example, mooting and mini-pupillages.
  • Complete integrity.
  • A high level of intelligent articulacy; someone confident, but perceptive, who knows what he or she is talking about.

General conditions for BPTC Scholarships:

  • Applicants can only apply to one Inn of Court for a scholarship.
  • Scholarships are only awarded to those who intend to practise at the Bar of England and Wales

BPTC Year Accommodation

The Inn has a number of student flats available for BPTC Scholars. Student Accommodation is only offered as part of a scholarship and cannot be applied for separately. The rent for the accommodation is taken directly from your scholarship award.

BPTC Year Prizes

The Inn offers a number of prizes to students who complete the BPTC.

Buchanan Prizes
Prizes of £100 each will be made to any student member of the Inn graded ‘Outstanding’ in the BPTC.

Ede & Ravenscroft Wig and Gown Prize
A wig and gown is awarded to the student who obtains the highest mark on the BPTC.

Joan Denning Prize
A prize of £500 or any part of £500 to be awarded to any student from a Commonwealth country who obtains an ‘outstanding’ in the BPTC. Students must intend to practise in their own country.

Tun Azmi Foundation Book Prize
A book prize of £500 to be awarded annually to the Malaysian student who attains the highest marks in the BPTC.