Temple Bar Scholarships
The Temple Bar Foundation was created in 1991 by the Right
Honorable Lord Denning of Whitchurch, former Master of the Rolls,
and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger to
strengthen ties between leading members of the English and American
bars and to advocate greater attention to the professional ethical
standards those establishments share.
What is the Temple Bar?
The Temple Bar is a great arched stone gate,
designed by Sir Christopher Wren, which once stood as an entrance
to central London. The area surrounding the Temple Bar was where
guilds of lawyers organized into what would become the four English
Inns of Court. This same area is now considered "Legal London." The
archway stood in place until 1878, when modern traffic forced its
removal to the countryside. It is the last of the original gates to
London to remain standing. The Temple Bar gate was returned to the
City of London and opened to the public in November 2004. It now
serves as an entrance to Paternoster Square just north of one of
Wren's other great achievements, Saint Paul's Cathedral.
Temple Bar Program Highlights
The scholarship begins in late September.
First week highlights:
- Attend the ceremonial opening of the legal year at Westminster Abbey
- Attend a welcome reception held at the Old Hall, Lincoln's
- Visit the four Inns of Court
- Meet with preeminent leaders of the English bench and bar
- "Shadow" a barrister and observe and discuss English trial
- Spend time with a justice of the Supreme Court of the United
- Observe appellate arguments
- Discuss legal issues with the country's highest judges
How are Temple Bar Scholars selected?
The three principal selection criteria for Temple Bar Scholars®
academic achievement in law school
- Experience as a law clerk for a judge or justice of a leading
appellate court, including the Supreme Court of the United
- Demonstrated interest in international law issues
What are the costs?
Scholars are provided air transportation, lodging, and a modest
stipend to help cover their expenses for the duration of the
program. Entertainment and additional travel expenses are the
responsibility of the scholar, as are any costs associated with a
How do I apply for a Temple Bar Scholarship?
- Individuals interested in participating as a Temple Bar scholar
must submit a resumé and short personal statement to the selection
committee no later than April 30
- Applications should be accompanied by a letter of
recommendation from the judge or justice for whom the applicant
- Scholars will be selected by May 30
Applications are available by clicking on the PDF link
in the box to the above right or e-mail Cindy Dennis to request a complete