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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. The winning essay will also be published in The Times.  Last year's competition closed on 30 November 2020 - this year's is due to launch in October 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 £2000 cash prize and mentoring from experienced in-house lawyers. Applications closed on Friday 26 February 2021.
  • 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.