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Academic Fellows Scheme

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of the four barrister Inns of Court of England and Wales. The Inner Temple celebrated its 400th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter in 2008. In 1608, the charter was granted by King James I under the condition that the lands be used for educational purposes for those studying the law. This had already been a major aspect of the work of the Inns of Court from as early as the 14th century and remains fundamental to what the Inns do today.

The Inner Temple is well known for its academic and progressive ethos. Many of the leading legal academics have been members of the Inn as well as senior barristers, judiciary and international leaders.

The Academic Fellows Scheme seeks to build even stronger ties with legal academics at universities across England and Wales. It also aims to recognise the outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research of early to mid-career academics to the profession. The honorary non-remunerated post will last for three years. Four Fellows will be elected per year.

Academics are encouraged to express interest in attending one of the four Dinners for Legal Academics throughout the year. Attendees will then be welcome to apply for the position of Academic Fellow.

Inner Temple's Academic Fellows are:

  • Dr Jo Braithwaite (London School of Economics & Political Science)
  • Dr des Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Dr Maksymilian Del Mar (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Dr James Goudkamp (University of Oxford)
  • Per Laleng (University of Kent)
  • Dr Barbara Lauriat (King’s College London)
  • Dr David Lowe (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Dr Ronan McCrea (University College London)
  • Joanna Miles (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Andrew Scott (London School of Economics)
  • Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner (University of Hull)
  • Dr Paul Wragg (University of Leeds)

Associate Academic Fellows are:

  • Professor Andrew Francis (Keele University)
  • James Lee (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Catherine MacKenzie (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Iyiola Solanke (University of Leeds)

For information on these Academic Fellows, please see: Inner Temple Academic Fellows.

To express interest in this scheme, please email Anthony Dursi, External Relations & Outreach Manager.

Inner Temple Book Prize

As part of the Inn’s continuing commitment to promote the study and development of law and the education and training of those intending to practise it, the Inn established the Inner Temple Book Prize in 2007. One prize of £10,000 and one for young authors (within ten years of being awarded their first degree) of £2,500 were awarded for the first time in December 2008 and will be granted every three years. The next prize will be awarded in December 2011. For further information, see: http://www.innertemplebookprize.org/

Academic Tutors

For information on the Bar to provide to your students or if you would like a barrister to give a talk at your institutions, please contact Anthony Dursi, External Relations & Outreach Manager.

We can provide you with information packs and presentations and work closely with student law societies, career services and law faculties to ensure that students are well informed on the routes into the profession and the qualifications and characteristics required to progress.

Academic Membership

If you an academic wishing to transfer to the Bar, you will need to apply to the Bar Standards Board in the first instance. Depending on your experience and qualifications, they will send you a letter detailing their decision with the conditions you must fulfil in order to be Called to the Bar.

Once you have received your letter from the Bar Standards Board, you may apply to join an Inn. You must be a member of an Inn to be Called to the Bar. Please refer to How to Join an Inn for further information on becoming a member of the Inner Temple.