Outgoing Scholarships are available to tenants or employed barristers of each of the Inns up to five years' practice as a barrister (not including pupillage). Scholarships usually start in July and last for three months, but arrangements are necessarily dependent on what is suitable to the host firm. It should be stressed that, whilst offering opportunities for travel within the country to be visited, a Pegasus Scholarship should not be regarded as a holiday. Pegasus scholars are expected by their host firm to play a full part in the practice of the firm. The experience is unlikely to be mutually worthwhile unless the scholar throws himself or herself wholeheartedly into the work.
Applications for the 2017 awards are now open and the closing date is
1pm on 30 November 2016.
The Pegasus Scholar would be based in the High Court and Supreme Court in Kampala for three months. You would be under the management of the Chief Justice of Uganda, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe and supervised by Andrew Khaukha, Technical Advisor to the Judiciary.
Tasks on which the Pegasus Scholar would be expected to work will be determined by the Chief Justice and the Technical Advisor. Work will likely be a mix of:
Legal research for judges (in particular the Chief Justice) to assist in determining appeals before the Supreme Court;
Legal research and drafting of proposals for law reform in Uganda;
Drafting and analysis of initiatives to improve the running of the justice syste in Uganda.
Depending on the Pegasus Scholar's expertise, there may also be opportunities to observe and conduct mediation sessions in the family and commercial courts and/or to work on shaping Uganda's fledgling public defender/legal aid system. The Pegasus Scholar will be able to observe court proceedings in a variety of courts in Kampala (and, subject to agreement, outside Kampala). The Pegasus Scholar may also be able to visit Luzira prison to conduct interviews with detainees.
Each year a scholar is sent to a commercial law firm in Bermuda. The scholarship lasts for 6 weeks (usually during the summer). The 2017 placement is likely to be with Appleby. The law firm normally provides accommodation and a living allowance.
One placement is available in India. The placement will be arranged by the Kapila Hingorani Foundation around your legal interests, ideally in the fields of criminal, human rights or other areas of public interest law. It is envisaged that the placement may entail time with both law firms and NGOs engaged in areas of public interest law. The scholarship lasts for up to 8 weeks. Flights costs are paid and a monthly allowance is provided.
One placement is available in Dubai. The time spent on the placement is split between a commercial law firm and the DIFC courts. The scholarship lasts for up to 3 months (usually starting in September). Assistance is provided in finding accommodation and a monthly allowance is provided.
Each year one scholar is sent to Hong Kong. These scholarships are arranged with the help of Neil Kaplan QC and the Hong Kong Inner Temple Society. The Pegasus Scholar usually spends his/her time marshalling for a High Court Judge, working with barristers and working with a law firm. The Hong Kong Inner Temple Society and previous Pegasus Scholars assist when arranging accommodation and the Trust provides a stipend.
Three scholarships are available each year to Wellington, New Zealand. These scholarships were formerly organised by the offices of Lord Cooke of Thornden KBE and are currently organised by the Crown Law Office. Scholars can spend three months with a law firm, the Crown Law Office or in barristers' chambers and almost all practice areas can be considered for these placements. In each case help is given with finding accommodation and a stipend to cover expenses is provided.
Each year one scholar spends 6 to 8 weeks in a commercial law firm in Singapore. A monthly allowance is provided jointly by the host law firm and the Trust.
A placement of up to 3 months with the European Court of Human Rights. The successful scholar will be expected to fit in with the court's timetable as they only take scholars on specific start dates. The Trust provides a stipend and will cover travel costs.
The American Inns of Court Foundation arranges two scholarships in the United States of America. These scholarships are available to barristers who practise in any kind of law. At the moment the placements are only in Washington DC. Successful candidates have the chance to visit the Supreme Court. The host law firms can often assist with finding accommodation and the Trust provides the scholar with a stipend to cover living and travel expenses. These placements usually take place in September/October and are for 6 weeks.
The Trust may be able to assist those who have arranged a placement independently. If you are considering this option, please contact the secretary of the scheme on 020 7797 8210.
The Trust has in the past sent a scholar every second year to work with the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, unfortunately we will be unable to do so in 2017 and cannot at this time confirm whether a 2018 placement is likely.
Three references are required to support your application. One of these should be from either your pupil supervisor or a senior member of chambers. Ordinarily an academic and a personal reference are also submitted. If you think an alternate reference or two professional references may be more appropriate please call Eamonn O'Reilly on 020 7797 8210 to check if they can be submitted instead. A copy of the referee's letter to be forwarded by you can be downloaded here.