Newcastle Law School

Year 9 Carnegie Essay Competition

Are you thinking of choosing to study for a degree in law? Is it on your radar, but you’re not sure whether you’d enjoy it? Or would you just like to put your writing skills to the test? Our Y9 Essay Competition might be for you!

Academics at the Law School have chosen a topical issue to consider – is killing people always wrong? We’ve even provided you with some guidance about things you might want to talk about when answering. If you get your answer to us by 24th April 2020, then you will be in with a chance of winning a cash prize.

This is an excellent opportunity to practice the skills you will be using every day as a law student – honing those argumentation skills, showing the ability to find and use evidence to support your case and communicating to us what you think about the issues of the day. It’s also a great thing to mention in your UCAS Personal Statement – whatever subject you decide to go for at Uni.

To enter you must be a year 9 student with a widening participation background. To check your eligibility please complete the postcode checker.

You will also need to complete an Essay Application Form. For the question, guidance and information on how to submit your essays, please see our Year 9 Essay Guidance. We’re also happy to answer any other questions you have about the competition via our email:

Good luck, and happy writing!