Lincoln's Inn provides a Marshalling scheme for its current full time and part time BPTC students.
Please do not apply until you are eligible for marshalling (have started the BPTC) and only submit the form once, multiple entries will be ignored. Please note that the Marshalling Scheme does not guarantee a placement for each applicant, following submission of the application form below, you will be emailed if we find a suitable match.
Marshalling involves the student accompanying a judge at a particular court over a one to three day period. It provides an invaluable opportunity for the student to gain a real insight into the daily workings of the court, and how judges consider and manage cases. It also deepens the student’s understanding of law. The judges participating in the scheme do so on a voluntary basis and warmly receive marshals who then have the chance to see court proceedings from a whole new perspective. You will be able to discuss the case with the judge, give your opinions and, most importantly, learn from the judge and other judges that you will meet over your time at the court.
Feedback from students who have taken part in marshalling is very positive and as a result there is always a large number of students who wish to do so. As a result we restrict access to the scheme to those that have not marshalled with a judge in any capacity previously. This also allows us, as far as possible, to match students with judges who do the kind of work they are most interested in. Equally, we try to arrange placements at Court centres in the areas requested by the student. Sometimes it is not possible to make these as close as the student might wish but in such cases the students should be flexible, so that they can benefit from the scheme. That is particularly so for placements which might be sought in Central London but which are only available for the dates requested a little further out but still easily accessible on a daily basis.
In keeping with the closure of the courts in the summer, the scheme operates a rolling rota system, therefore is closed during the month of August.
If you are interested in applying for the scheme, please complete this application form.A member of the Education team will be in touch should an appropriate placement be found by email. Please note that placements are not guaranteed, but we will do our best to accommodate as many students as possible.
Marshalling can sometimes be arranged for Called members of the Inn but they should be aware that priority is givento those still on the BPTC.