There are frequently competitions – essays, presentations, moots, business challenges, social media posting etc. which allow you to showcase your excellence/talents/creativity. They are worth entering for many reasons but especially because it will build your profile and set you apart from the competition. Plus, you might actually win something! Prizes range from prestige to money, work experience, publication to trips abroad.
The competitions listed on this page are ones which I think may be relevant to law students (not all will be in law!) but there may be many more ‘out there’ – keep an eye on LinkedIn and social media platforms (you should be following some legal organisations/employers/lawyers etc.)
If any of the links provided don’t work go to the organisations home page and search in the website.
The Gide / Gray’s Inn French-English Law Essay Prize – win £1500 + 2 week paid internship
Gray’s Inn and Gide are launching their French-English Law essay prize, which will open for submissions in 2022. We are keen to get the word out to any interested students who have been in legal education for less than six years at the time of submission of the essay (the deadline will be in August 2022). Interested students can register to receive further information once it is available by emailing Gide. It is not a requirement to be a member of Gray’s Inn to enter an essay.
The winner will receive a prize of £1,500 plus a two-week paid internship with Gide London. The runner-up will receive a prize of £1,000. The winning author’s essay will be published in the Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal and on the Gide website.
The topic which will be announced at Easter 2022 will involve a comparison of the law affecting commercial transactions in the French and English legal systems, with submissions of no longer than 2,500 words required by the end of August 2022, and the winner and runner-up being announced in late September 2022.
The panel of Judges from Gide and Gray’s Inn will be chaired by Lady Justice Nicola Davies who will be joined on the panel by: Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, a judge at the Conseil d’Etat in Paris; Simon Whittaker, Professor of European Comparative Law and a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford; Michael Butcher, co-founder and Past President of the Franco-British Lawyers Society; Philippe Dupichot, Professor of law at the Sorbonne and Head of Gide’s Scientific Council; and Nadège Nguyen, partner in Gide’s Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate practice group.
Ali Malek QC, Treasurer of Gray’s Inn says “it is important to engage with lawyers in the foreign jurisdictions both civil and common law based. We have a lot to learn from each other. The inauguration of the Gray’s Inn French-English Law Essay Prize reflects how Gray’s Inn is moving forward with an international outlook. We are delighted to be partnering with the leading law firm Gide in launching this competition.”
The Aspiring Solicitors’ commercial awareness competition
Win work experience at top firms (may lead to TC)
This annual competition really does give winners the edge – winners in the past have gained training contract offers from sponsoring firms. This is a chance for you to gain exposure to some top named firms and show them how good you are in a different type of competitive field. You enter as an individual and go through various ’rounds’ before being placed in a team for the finals. You will need to be a member of Aspiring Solicitors to enter but this is free and comes with lots of benefits so sign up today. To find out more see the information on https://www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk/commercial-awareness-competition/ The closing date is usually October.
BIUCAC Commercial Awareness Competition
As above, this is an annual competition which is sponsors by some leading firms giving you the chance to win work experience, mentoring and more. Find out more on https://www.biucac.com/
Kent students have done well in this competition with a 3rd place winner rin 2021 – https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/news/6761/kent-law-student-finishes-third-in-national-commercial-awareness-competition
There is a lot of opportunity to get involved with mooting at KLS and we also enter lots of students into regional and national competitions. See the Moodle Mooting Page at LW638 for more help – Course: Mooting (2021/2022) (kent.ac.uk)
There are several essay competitions every year with prizes that include money and work experience. They usually open for entries during autumn or spring term. The following may not currently be ‘live’ competitions but, I’ve provided the names and links so that you can research them and make a note of when they will be next run (they are usually the same time every year).
- Human Rights Lawyer’s Association competition – a team competition where finalists present at the RCJ. Has been put on hold during the pandemic. Read more here https://www.hrla.org.uk/judicial-review-competition/
- The Law Society – Graham Turnbull Human Rights essay competition – win £500.
- Times Law Awards competition – top prize £3500 – https://www.oeclaw.co.uk/times-law-awards.
- Future Legal Mind – win £1500 and mentoring with work placement – https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/news/future-legal-mind.
- The Property Bar Association – essay competition for future property barristers. Win £1000 – https://www.propertybar.org.uk/events/pba-essay-competition-2021
- V/Lexjustis – International Law and Technology Writing Competition 2021 – win £1500 + internship
- The Bar Council Law Reform Essay – win £4000 – https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/becoming-a-barrister/students-and-graduates/law-reform-essay-competition.html
- UELKA Andrew Lees – this is an environmental law essay with the prize being a change to speak at their annual conference. Competition has not run during C19 but will be back in the future https://www.ukela.org/UKELA/Networks/Students/Andrew-Lees-Essay-prize.aspx
- CLEA – Commonwealth Law Student Essay Prize – biannual competition – there are no details on the website about the 2020 competition (I have made an enquiry with the organisation and will update this page when I hear back from them) but I am including the weblink as this may simply be a C19 issue and the competition may be back in 2022 – http://www.clea-web.com/essay-competition/
- European Law Students Association – Moot Court Competitions – https://elsa-uk.org/mcc/ I’m including these Mooting competitions here because they are not ones that the KLS Mooting programme includes.
- Society for Computers and Law – LawTech essay prize – win £300 + publication – summer term – https://www.scl.org/student-essayprize-2021
- The International Dispute Resolution Centre – The Richard Mustill Essay prize – Win £10,000 – biannual competition (next one in 2022). Entries in Spring. There is not currently any details showing on the IDC website but the homepage is at www.idrc.co.uk
- Spicy IP – Intellectual Property Law essay competition – It looks like this will be an annual competition, keep an eye on this page to see if there are any updates for this year. You’ll win money in Indian Rupees but it is an international competition https://spicyip.com/2020/08/announcing-the-winners-of-the-1st-shamnad-basheer-essay-competition-on-ip-law.html
- UK centre for Animal Law – prize is publication. Launches in November each year. https://www.alaw.org.uk/student-essay-competition/ They also have an annual animal law moot (https://www.alaw.org.uk/studentsacademics/)
StudentCompetitions.com – https://studentcompetitions.com/ – This website is trying to collate all of the student competitions nationally and some globally too.