The Inns of Court compared

What does each Inn have to offer students?


      Lincoln's Inn       Inner Temple       Middle Temple       Gray's Inn  
Architecture     The Old Hall was built in 1490 and the larger Great Hall in 1845, the same year as the library. The Stone Buildings are Regency. The largest Inn, it covers 11 acres. New education suite consisting of ten advocacy rooms and a lecture theatre to be completed in 2018/19.       12th-century Temple Church (shared with Middle Temple) stands opposite the modern Hall, which was built after the original was destroyed in the Second World War and stands on the site of an ancient hall of the Knights of the Temple.       Middle Temple Hall, completed in 1572, is probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London. The Readers’ coats of arms, which can be seen on the wood panelling, date from 1597. Tucked away down the cobbled Middle Temple Lane, Fountain Court is a calm oasis.       The ancient Hall and Chapel are still intact, despite suffering serious war damage. The rest is largely a 1950s red-brick recreation of the historic pre-war buildings. The smallest Inn.  
Gardens     Always open and especially popular at lunchtimes. The North Lawn will be available once the redevelopment works have finished.       Well kept and stretch down to the Thames. open to the public from 12.30pm to 3pm on weekdays.       Small and award-winning, overlooking the Thames.       The famous 'Walks' were designed by Sir Francis Bacon in the early 17th century and are open to the public during lunch hours.  
Student members     c. 700       c. 300       c. 600       c. 300  
Total membership     c. 24,000       c. 12,000       c. 6,000       c. 5,500  
Accommodation     14 rooms in self-contained flats available for students.       Not for students.       Not for students.       Four rooms in the Inn for BPTC students – 'residential scholarships'.  
Bar     Due to the redevelopment work, a temporary Old Court Room Members' Bar is open weekdays 10.30am to 10.30pm. The newly renovated Members’ Common Room will re-open in 2019.       The Pegasus Bar has a terraced open-air area. Good for people-watching but not a place to go incognito.       Members' lounge 'Taskers'. There's also a street food market in Fountain Court on selected dates, plus a Champagne bar in summer.       The Bridge Bar is above the gateway between South and Gray's Inn Squares. It's open to members, residents and tenants on term-time weekdays from 8am to 11pm.  
Famous members     • Sir Thomas More
• John Donne 
• Lord Denning
• Muhammad Ali Jinnah 
• Wilkie Collins
• Baroness Thatcher
• 15 other British Prime Ministers
• Lady Arden
Cherie Booth

       Judge Jeffreys (of 'Bloody Assizes')
 Bram Stoker
 Mahatma Gandhi
 Dr Ivy Williams (first woman called to the Bar)
 Lord Falconer
 Lady Black
       Sir Walter Raleigh 
 William Blackstone
 William Makepeace Thackeray
 Barbara Calvert (first woman to head a chambers)
• Helena Normanton (first woman admitted to an Inn)
• Baroness Chakrabarti
       Sir Francis Bacon
 Thomas Cromwell
 Dame Rose Heilbron (1st female QC)
 Lord Bingham
• Baroness Hale
Dinah Rose
Points of interest     Used as a prime filming location, e.g. Downton Abbey and Wonder Woman. Offers European visits and scholarships for junior barristers to spend time in the ECJ, ICC, ECHR and the EFTA.       Inner stands out for the resources it dedicates to outreach programmes and increasing access to the Bar. The Pegasus Trust funds members in their learning about the practical workings of common law systems in other countries.       Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night enjoyed its first performance here. Hall has a table made from a hatch cover from the Golden Hind. Every new barrister signs their name in a book on this table.       The first performance of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors took place here. The ornate carved screen in the Hall is made from an Armada ship. Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt first met at dinner in Gray's Inn Hall.  
Scholarship interview process     Panel interview with no set question beforehand. Expect chat about preferred areas of practice and items of legal interest in the news. Scholarship awarded solely on merit, but all awards apart from a few top ones are means tested.       Panel interview with set question. GDL scholars entitled to automatic funding for BPTC, but can apply for higher award. Merit and academic excellence prioritised, but all awards (save for the top ones) are means tested. Read more about the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS), which aims to open up access to the Bar and mini-pupillages in particular.       Every applicant interviewed in a 15-minute panel interview that tests a range of skills. Awards based on merit and then weighted according to financial means.       Shortlisted applicants interviewed by a three-person panel prioritising an ability to think on one’s feet over legal knowledge. Extra-curricular achievements taken into consideration – e.g. music, sport or overcoming adversity. Scholarships awarded on merit, then weighted by financial background.  
Scholarship money     A total of over £1.5 million available. GDL: £150k available for up to 32 scholarships. Values of scholarships all means tested. BPTC: £1.275 million available for around 100 scholarships. Five guaranteed Mansfield Scholarships worth £20k. Values of all other scholarships are means tested.       A total of around £1.8 million available. GDL: two major scholarships, plus various awards totalling £183k. BPTC: seven major scholarships worth between £20k and £22k, plus further awards totalling £1.4 million.       A total of around £1.3 million available. A fund of over £1.1 million for BPTC scholarships and awards. A fund of £90k for GDL scholarships and awards. Overseas scholarships as well.       Over £1 million available. 50+ BPTC scholarships and awards of between £5k and £24k. 20 GDL awards of between £3k and £10k. Various internship scholarships and miscellaneous awards – e.g. Hebe Plunkett awards for disabled.  
Scholarship deadlines     BPTC: 2 November 2018
GDL: 3 May 2019

      BPTC: 2 November 2018
GDL: 3 May 2019
      BPTC: 2 November 2018
GDL: 3 May 2019
      BPTC: 2 November 2018
GDL: 3 May 2019