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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 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 Friday 17 December 2021. 
  • 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. Last year's deadline was Friday 2 October 2020.
  • UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA): Students - events, competitions and internship opportunities. 
  • The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland's Tom Morrison Essay Prize - annual competition aimed at students with a passion for governance or recent graduates at the start of their governance career. This year's essay question is 'Climate change: the existential threat of the century. Discuss the opportunity for the governance professional to be a part of the solution.' Enter now for a chance to win £1,000, or £500 as a runner-up. Entries closed on Monday 21 March 2022.