The Academic Fellowship Scheme aimed to recognise the outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research of early to mid-career academics to the Bar of England and Wales. A key objective of the scheme was to support their research and to build stronger ties between barristers and legal academia.
The Inn worked closely with universities across the UK to provide information on the profession to aspiring entrants and those who teach them.
Over the ten year period of the scheme 40 academics were appointed Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple and it remained a positive way for academics to connect with the Inn's practising members.
In 2021 the scheme was paused to new applicants, to enable a review about its outcomes to be conducted.