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Law, politics & public protection

Law, politics & public protection

Taking part in competitions can enhance your career opportunities in this sector. You could win a cash prize, an internship or even a chance to travel abroad.

Deadlines are staggered throughout the year, so check each link for up-to-date information.

  • targetjobs: Future Lawyer of the Year - opportunity to win a place on Clyde and Co's vacation scheme, as well as the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with the firm’s CEO Matthew Kelsall. Open to penultimate or final year undergraduates on track for a 2.1 or above. Applications opened in October and will close at noon on 30 January 2023. 
  • The Times Law Awards Essay Competition - annual essay competition open to all students. Finalists win a cash prize, plus the prospect of having their entry read by the Lord Chancellor and senior members of the judiciary, as well as the editor of The Times. This year's competition closed on Monday 16 January 2023. 
  • FutureLegalMind - annual essay competition offering current law students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and legal trainees within 2 years of their law career the chance to show off their legal expertise and win prizes. This year's winner will receive a £1,500 cash prize and mentoring from experienced in-house lawyers. Applications closed on Friday 25 March 2022.
  • The Bar Council Law Reform Essay competition - submit a 3000-word essay which makes the case for a practical law reform for a chance to win up to £4000. Opens in July and closes in October each year.
  • UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA): Students - events and competitions. 
  • The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland's Tom Morrison Essay Prize - annual essay competition aimed at students with a passion for governance or recent graduates at the start of their governance career. Enter now for a chance to win £1,000, or £500 as a runner-up. Entries close at 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 17 March 2023.