Membership of The Inner Temple is divided into three categories: Students, Barristers and Masters of the Bench (Benchers). The Inn also appoints Honorary, Academic and Royal Benchers. The Inn has over 12,000 qualified members, including Judges, Barristers (both practising and non-practising) Pupils and Students. Each year approximately 400 students apply to join The Inner Temple with the intention of training for the Bar.
The Inn is governed by 327 governing Benchers, who are responsible for deciding the policy of the Inn, managing the property, and supervising finances.
The Treasury Office is the administrative hub and first port of call for those visiting the Inn. The department’s main function is to handle all membership applications and the records of over 12,000 members across the UK and in 78 countries around the world; organise a wide range of professional and cultural events a year; support events on Circuit; welcome visiting delegations from around the world; provide administrative and membership services for the Inn’s members, professional community, residents and visitors; produce the term newsletter, Innerview, and the Yearbook. The department is also responsible for the silver and painting collections and for the interior upkeep of the Treasury Building. Friendly and approachable Treasury Office staff are also on hand to answer general enquiries, to deal with filming requests and to sell parking permits to those visiting the Inn or Chambers.
Education & Training is one of the primary functions of the Inn. We have a dedicated Education & Training Department with responsibilities ranging from educational outreach, the recruitment of undergraduates, the allocation of scholarships (worth a total of £1,736,306 per annum), the provision of student qualifying sessions and advocacy training for pupils and barristers.