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Total amount available to be allocated: up to £173,000

The Inn offers up to thirty-two scholarships for non-law graduates of outstanding ability. The GDL scholarships are separated into three named awards. They are, in order of prestige:

  • Lord Bowen
  • Lord Haldane
  • Lord Brougham

All of Lincoln’s Inn’s GDL 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.

Scholars awarded from 2018 will also benefit from reduced qualifying session fees (for 10 Qualifying Sessions) as well as free admission to the Inn and no call to the Bar fee.

Please note that students who receive a GDL Scholarship are not guaranteed to receive a Bar Course Scholarship.

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, Siân Carpenter below.

GDL Scholarship Statistics

Our recent scholarship statistics are as follows:

GDL 2019

GDL 2020

GDL 2021

No. Applications




No. Interviewed




No. Awarded




How to apply

In order to apply for a GDL 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 (unless you graduated from your most recent course over 5 years ago). Guidance notes for referees can be found here.

Lincoln’s Inn does not interview all applicants. Candidates will be shortlisted and those who are offered an interview will be notified by the end of May.

GDL interviews take place in London on the first Saturday of July. It is possible to be interviewed remotely if necessary, you can download our remote interviewing policy on this page.

When to apply

For students intending to start the GDL in 2022:

Applications open:

Friday 18 March 2022 1.00pm

Application deadline:

Friday 6 May 2022 5.00pm

Application Criteria

All GDL 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 GDL 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

GDL Scholarship Application Form

Students can apply for a GDL scholarship through the Inn's Scholarship Application Portal.


Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions about our scholarships.