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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.

  • The Times Law Awards Essay Competition - annual competition open to all students. This year’s essay question is: 'Stereotyping and unconscious racial bias: stumbling blocks for parties, witnesses and aspirant lawyers alike. How should the law and the profession respond?' 6 finalists will 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. The winning essay will also be published in The Times. Essays should be no more than 1,000 words and must be received by 30 November 2020.
  • 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 £2000 cash prize and mentoring from experienced in-house lawyers. Applications closed on 28 February 2020.
  • 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. This year's deadline was Friday 27 September 2019.
  • UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA): Students - events, competitions and internship opportunities.
  • UK Law Students' Association (UKLSA) International Moot and Advocacy competition (Digital) - inter-university mooting competition for law students in the UK.