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FAQs

Can I apply for a scholarship for all types of Bar Course?

Yes. There are a variety of options available for students to complete the vocational component of their training. We refer to this simply as the Bar Course, and you can apply for a scholarship for any of the courses offered by the course providers.

Can I apply for a scholarship from more than one Inn?

Students can only apply to one Inn for a GDL or Bar Course Scholarship. All applicant names for these scholarships are shared between the Inns to ensure that students have not applied to more than one Inn. Only Lincoln’s Inn Pupils can apply for our Pupillage Grants.

There are some International and European Scholarships that are open to members of all Inns e.g. the EFTA Court Scholarship or the Pegasus Trust run by Inner Temple.

Can I apply after a deadline has closed?

Applications are only accepted during the application windows outlined on our website. No late applications are accepted.

Do I need to join the Inn before applying for a scholarship?

It is not necessary to join an Inn of Court before applying for a Bar Course or GDL scholarship, however you will be required to join the Inn as part of the terms and conditions of acceptance of one.

You will need to be a member of an Inn to apply for the International and European Scholarships.

Can I apply as a part-time student?

Yes. Part-time students are eligible to apply for either year of their course but may only receive one scholarship. i.e students who are offered and accept a scholarship in their first year are not eligible to re-apply for the following year.

Do named awards carry individual financial values?

All Lincoln’s Inn GDL Scholarship, Bar Course Scholarship and Pupillage Grant values are calculated using a means test. The merit level of a scholarship bears no correlation to the amount of money awarded EXCEPT in the case of the Lord Mansfield Bar Course Scholarship, which carries a minimum value of £20,000, regardless of means.

Are the Inn’s scholarships open to international applicants?

Applications from residents outside of England and Wales are accepted; however scholarships are only awarded to those who intend to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Will Lincoln’s Inn contact my referees?

We ask for two references to be submitted alongside your application. You will be unable to submit your form without your references being uploaded. Incomplete application forms cannot be submitted and late application forms will not be accepted. The onus is on the student to ensure that their referees have submitted their references before the deadline.

Does Lincoln's Inn interview all applicants?

No – there is an initial sift prior to the interview stage.

How and when will I find out if I have been selected for interview?

After submitting your form you should be sent an email giving you an approximate date when you will be notified if you have been selected for interview. Once the sifting process is complete, all applicants will be notified by email.

Where are the interviews held?

Lincoln’s Inn conducts Bar Course scholarship interviews in London, Birmingham and Manchester. You can indicate your preferred interview location on the application form.

GDL and International scholarship interviews all take place in London.

Am I eligible to apply if my start date is in January?

Yes. Our scholarships do apply to those who have a January start date. You will still need to apply one academic year before you begin your course.  E.g. You would apply in September – November 2021 for a January 2023 start date.

What happens at the interview stage?

Applicants are usually interviewed by a panel of three members of the Inn, chaired by a Bencher or senior member of the profession.

Interviews usually last around 15-20 minutes. The questions asked are all relevant to the criteria found on the website. Students are sent a list of the possible types of questions prior to attending the interview.

When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?

For the Bar Course scholarships, we are aware that students will usually need to let their providers know their intentions by the first week of April and we will do our upmost to ensure everybody is told before then.

For all others, we usually let applicants know within a month of the interview date.

Can I apply for a GDL Scholarship if I am going to do a two year LLB/LLM or an alternative law conversion course?

We accept GDL scholarship applications for those wishing to undertake a two year LLB/LLM as long as it is not their first degree and that they are not already eligible to start the Bar Course. 

We also accept GDL scholarship applications for those wishing to undertake alternative Law Conversion Courses. These are treated in the same way as the GDL.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact scholarships@lincolnsinn.org.uk

If I receive a GDL scholarship am I guaranteed a Bar Course Scholarship?

No – there is no guarantee of a Bar Course scholarship should you receive a GDL scholarship.

Can I receive more than one scholarship from the Inn?

Members cannot receive more than one of each type of scholarship or grant and cannot reapply after an award has been accepted and paid.

If I am unsuccessful with a scholarship application, can I apply the following year?

Yes, you can.

Previous applications are removed from the system and are not noted anywhere on subsequent applications.

I have an additional query not covered above, whom can I contact?

Any additional queries can be directed to the Scholarships Coordinator via email.