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.

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). 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 on the first Saturday of July.

For students intending to start the GDL in 2021:

Applications open: Friday 18th March 2022 1.00pm, Application deadline: Friday 6th May 2021 5.00pm

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

Friday 6 May 2022

Please see our website for how to apply:
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