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Scholarship Award:

We offer one scholarship award each year to support an aspiring employed immigration barrister to complete the vocational stage (BPTC) of their training whilst gaining legal experience through working with us as a legal associate at the same time. 

The Richmond Chambers Scholarship

The Richmond Chambers Scholarship Award is offered to a full-time legal associate who wishes to study the BPTC on a part-time basis over 2 years alongside working at least 4 days per week.  

We offer an award of £10,000 to assist in meeting the cost of the part-time BPTC course fees.  This may be taken in a lump sum at the start of the 2 year course, or by way of two instalments of £5,000 each at the start of each year of the course.  

This award is not affected by any other awards or scholarships that you receive and is conditional upon remaining employed as a legal associate (or pupil)  for 24 months from the date of the award. This will usually be the duration of your BPTC course.   

In addition, an interest-free study loan of up to £10,000 (to meet the balance of the course fees) is available to a successful scholarship student.  

Who is eligible for a Richmond Chambers Scholarship Award?

This Richmond Chambers Scholarship is available to a current legal associate who is employed on a full time basis with Richmond Chambers and who has successfully passed a probation period.

Application process

Application should be made by letter (max 500 words) to the Head of Chambers, setting out: 

1) Why you want to practice as an employed immigration barrister; and 

2) Why Richmond Chambers should award you the scholarship.  

In support of your application, you are invited to submit a portfolio of up to 5 pieces of written work undertaken during your employment with Richmond Chambers.  Work submitted must be substantially your own and include a note from the barrister for whom the work was completed, certifying the same.  Articles published on our Knowledge Centre may also be included.

For scholarships commencing in September 2020, the deadline for applying is 30 March 2020.  Interviews and assessments will be carried out in May, alongside the pupillage assessment process.  Applicants will be invited to undertake the same written and oral assessments as pupillage candidates.  

For applicants who are also applying for pupillage at the same time, the same written and oral assessments will be used for both applications.  There will be a different/supplementary interview for the scholarship and the pupillage. Separate consideration will be given to each application and success in one application does not depend upon or imply success in another.   

Where an applicant is offered both pupillage and a scholarship award in the same round, pupillage may be deferred by 12 months in order to allow the applicant to take advantage of the award.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by 1 June 2020

Applicants should note that the BSB is currently updating the way in which pupillage is delivered.  Under the old rules, there was provision for applying for a reduction in the length of pupillage based on experience.  This is something that Chambers has supported in the past and would give consideration to supporting again, in appropriate cases and subject to compliance with the new rules. 

Scholarship Criteria

In awarding a scholarship, the panel will be looking for real future potential as an employed immigration barrister and a firm commitment to Richmond Chambers.  

The panel will look for: 

  • Outstanding academic ability; 
  • Excellent performance as a legal associate;
  • A well written and persuasive covering letter;
  • Excellent performance in the written and oral assessments;
  • A compelling performance in interview; and 
  • Positive references from barristers at Richmond Chambers for whom work has been completed.

The panel will not award a scholarship unless they are satisfied that the criteria set out here are met.  

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