The search to find new and emerging legal talent is underway. Future Legal Mind, run by National Accident Helpline, is one of the UK’s leading essay law competitions.
Now in its eighth year, previous winners of the competition have gone on to become solicitors and barristers, and to undertake other prestigious legal roles.
This year, the competition is split into two categories, offering one undergraduate law student and one postgraduate law student the chance to be named Future Legal Mind 2022.
The winners will each receive a £1,500 prize fund to support their career development. They will also be able to take part in mentoring with experienced lawyers and complete a work experience placement at National Accident Helpline’s law firm, National Accident Law.
Jonathan White, Legal Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “This is a great opportunity for law students to share their understanding and insights for making valuable changes to the law.
“We continue to run Future Legal Mind as part of our aim to promote innovation in the sector and to help inspire new generations to build their careers in law.
“Seeing how our past winners and finalists have gone on to excel in their legal professions makes us extremely proud. We now look forward to finding the next, rising stars of tomorrow.”
The winner of Future Legal Mind 2021 was Elena Michael, who is studying for the Bar at BPP University in London.
Elena said: “I really enjoyed writing and recording my entries for Future Legal Mind.
“It offers a unique way to present your legal interests in a succinct yet engaging way. If you’re passionate about a specific area of the law, I urge you to enter Future Legal Mind.”
To enter Future Legal Mind 2022, students are invited to answer essay responses to the following questions:
- Undergraduates – Now that the UK has officially left the EU, what legal changes would you recommend making over the next ten years?
- Postgraduates – Is the UK court fit for purpose and what role should other, alternative forms of dispute resolution comprise?
Further details about the entry requirements can be found here.
Essays must be submitted by midnight on Friday 25th February 2022 and will be reviewed by a panel, who will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of five people in each category.
Those on the shortlist will each be asked to submit a smartphone video to support their written entry. The competition judges will review the essays and videos to decide who will be named Future Legal Mind 2022.