BPTC & GDL Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or equivalent post-graduate conversion courses. Only candidates who intend to practise at the Bar of England or Wales are eligible to apply.

These scholarships will be paid in one instalment at the start of the academic year for a full-time course.

If the course is undertaken part-time, applications can be made either before the first or before the second year of the course. If an award is made at the beginning of the course, it will be paid in two instalments (half at the start of each year).

Applications

Application forms for both BPTC and GDL scholarships are available on the website, usually about two months before the closing date.  Click on the corresponding link on the right hand side of this page. 

The Inn welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. There is no age limit for any scholarship or prize.

Applications for scholarships may be made before joining the Inn, but no award will be paid until the successful candidate has been admitted to the Inn.  Candidates can only apply to one Inn.

BPTC Applications 2018/19

Due to an ongoing update of our ICT system we are unable to publish the BPTC scholarship application in line with our normal timetable. Please use the document on the right hand side of this page to help you prepare your answers for when the application form becomes available.  

Interviews

The first Inn to do so, it has long been Middle Temple’s policy to interview all candidates for BPTC/GDL scholarships (the only prerequiste is that candidates must have either received an offer of a place on the BPTC/GDL or have an application pending before their interview takes place).  The first criterion for making an award is invariably merit, but financial circumstances will be taken into account when fixing the amount of the award.  Please click here to view the criteria considered.

The Inn is prepared to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for candidates travelling from outside the M25 to attend the interview, up to a maximum of £65 per candidate.  Please click here for further information.

Important dates for your diary

 Please click here to see deadlines for application and scheduled interview dates.