Although the records of Middle Temple were destroyed in the Peasants Revolt of 1381 the Inn shares it’s beginning with the other three Inns. Middle Temple has been the site for many female firsts, including the admission of the first women, Helena Florence Normanton, to any Inn. The Inn is also renowned for the first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which was enjoyed at Middle Temple Inn during the Candlemas feast of 1602.
Middle Temple and Inner Temple are both located in the wider Temple area, with Middle Temple taking up the western part of “The Temple” – the former headquarters of the Knights of the Templar until their dissolve in 1312. The Temple land has continued to be let to the two Inns on the grounds that they continue to provide education and accommodation to lawyers and students and maintain the Temple Church which sits between Fleet Street and the River Thames.
Middle Temple falls appropriately in the middle of the largest inn, Lincoln’s Inn, and the smallest inn, Gray’s Inn, in terms of its size. It has approximately 5,000 practising barristers on its books, with roughly 600 student members admitted each year.
Middle Temple’s scholarship fund holds around £1.25 million to be awarded across Bar Course scholarships, GDL awards, and smaller awards provided for post-Bar Course activities. Middle Temple also provides funds to support overseas placements, essay prizes, and a pupillage hardship fund. The Inn also awards funding for five spots on the Keble Course annually, a Criminal Course held at Keble College, Oxford.
Middle Temple also provides two weeks of funded work experience every summer for up to eight undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds under its Access to the Bar Awards.
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