We offer up to three 12-month pupillages with an award of £75,000. Of this, an advance of £25,000 is available for drawdown early for BPC fees (incurred or to be incurred) or other expenses at the pupil’s request.
As well as support from chambers via an advance on your pupillage award, there are several other third-party funding sources and scholarships that we would encourage you to explore if you are concerned about the cost of completing the BPC.
The Keating Chambers Scholarship
In September 2022, we were delighted to launch a new social mobility scholarship in partnership with Gray’s Inn, designed to support Bar Course students from backgrounds under-represented at the Bar. The scholarship awards £15,000 to the winning candidate, and will support a Bar Student from a background under-represented at the Bar, who may not have otherwise been able to embark on this journey. We will also offer the successful applicant an unassessed mini-pupillage at Keating Chambers and mentoring.
Other Funding Support
A few other funding options are detailed below (non-exhaustive).
One of the most significant sources of funding are Inns of Court. They have a substantial pot available each year for funding support, varying from small amounts of funding to significant scholarships (including the Keating Scholarship mentioned above).
Some BPC providers also offer their own scholarship programmes, including BPP and University of Law.
Additionally, there are various competition prizes and grants available to encourage and promote the study of law. Some suggested essay competitions to consider are the Society of Construction Law (SCL) Hudson Prize and the Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay Competition.