FLBA Scholarship

In an effort to promote social mobility, equality and inclusion the FLBA is pleased to be awarding 1 scholarship in the amount of up to £25,000 to fund applicants intending to practise in family law. The FLBA is proud of this important initiative and is pleased to continue partnering with Bridging the Bar in configuring the selection panel. The objective of the scholarships is to increase opportunity for those wishing to train for the Bar by assisting candidates who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend the BPC/BTC and/or to pay the fees.

The scholarship is intended

  1. either, to meet their personal day-to-day living expenses whilst attending Part I and/or Part II of the new Bar Practice Course or Bar Training Course (‘BPC/BTC’), formerly the Bar Professional Training Course
  2. and/or, to pay the fees required to do so in part or in whole with a view to commencing a family law pupillage thereafter.

The amount awarded will be adjusted according to discretionary means and merit criteria, including the pupillage award available to the prospective scholar. The committee will retain discretion to award a further scholarship from the available funds, if appropriate. Accordingly, evidence of financial means and of any indebtedness will be required as part of the application process.

It is a precondition of the scholarship award that any applicant has already obtained a family law pupillage in chambers which wholly or primarily undertakes family law work, and has not yet commenced the Bar Training Course. Appropriate supporting evidence will required in circumstances under which the pupillage is not to be at a specialist family law chambers. The committee will, again, retain analytical discretion.

There is an expectation that any applicant will have a 2.1 degree.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Online application form, which is available to download below and must be submitted by email to scholarship@flba.co.uk by no later than 4.00pm on 1 July 2024.
  2. Timed essay (to take place on the day of interview) and interview, which will take place on 29 July 2024 in person.

Chambers are warmly encouraged to share this with prospective pupils who may fit the criteria.

Please do not hesitate to contact the email address above if there are any questions arising. The FLBA wishes you the very best of luck with your application.

FLBA Scholarship sub-committee