Funding and scholarships
Significant financial assistance is available from several
institutions of the Bar. The main sources of funding are as
Scholarships and grants from the Inns of
Between them, the Inns make awards of about £5million annually,
the majority of which is divided between awards for the law
conversion course (GDL), Bar Professional Training Course and
All of the Inns award their scholarships and grants on merit,
with financial need taken into account by some of the Inns. It is
important to note that candidates may apply for a scholarship to
one Inn only, and must be a member of that Inn to take up an award
that is offered.
For further information on the scholarships and grants available
from the Inns, on the criteria that used to determine awards, and
application procedures and deadlines please visit their
The Bar Council's law reform essay
The Bar Council runs an annual law reform essay competition
which is open to law undergraduates, GDL and BPTC students and
pupils, with prize monies totalling £10,000.
Professional and Career Development Loans
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that
can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow
between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two
years of learning (or three years it includes one year's
relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the
interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month
afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs
such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan
to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.
Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a
commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an
option once all other student funding options have been
investigated. For further information on financial assistance to
support your learning, please visit
Local Authority grants
Some Local Education Authorities can make discretionary awards
for the conversion course and the BPTC. It is relatively rare for
such awards to be given but you should contact your local authority
to check its policy.
Salaries during pupillage
From September 2011, the regulatory minimum salary during
pupillage is £12,000 per annum, set by the Bar Standards Board.
Many chambers pay more than the regulatory minimum to their pupils,
and salaries during pupillage can be up to about £65,000 per annum,
depending on practice area.
If you secure a pupillage before you start the BPTC course, your
pupillage provider may allow you to 'draw-down' some of your
pupillage award as an advance during your BPTC year. This obviously
means that you will receive less money during your pupillage year,
and the option is therefore only available for students with
relatively well-paid pupillages.
Part time work
Some students take on temporary work during the vacation periods
during the GDL and the BPTC, building valuable, transferable
skills. Some students take on part-time work during term-time, and
if they are on a part-time course, full-time employment.