There are frequently competitions – essays, presentations, moots etc – which are worth entering both because it is  good for your CV and also because you may win something worthwhile.  Prizes range from prestige to money, work experience, publication to trips abroad.

The Legal Design Sprint 2020!

As part of Justice Week 2020, the Bar Council and the City Law School are teaming up to run a competition for university students around 4 themes: Protecting freedom, fighting for rights, defending democracy and saving the planet.
What is Legal Design? Legal Design is a way of re-imagining legal processes, with teams employing tools and techniques through different stages of the design process. If you have never tried it before – or even heard of it – don’t let that stop you! There will be plenty of guidance to help teams along the way. You can find out about the launch day of last year’s Legal Design Sprint here from Emily MacLoud (one of the last year’s organisers) read some reflections from one of the participants, Emma Flint and get an insight into the design process in a great piece from a member of last year’s winning team, Damian Curran, here.

When and where?
You must be available to take part in the initial event on Monday 3 February 10:00-16:00 – which will be held at City’s campus in central London – before taking the rest of February to perfect your designs. Then, you’ll come along and show us what you’ve done on the afternoon of Friday 28 February at the Bar Council offices, where winning teams will be awarded their prizes!

There is space for 8 college/university teams (of 2-4 people) so once you have assembled your dream team please drop Rose Malleson an email on, to let us know the following:
• Which college/university you will be representing
• Team member names and contact details (phone/email)
• Which course you are undertaking
• Why you’re interested in taking part
If you are an individual and really want to be involved, let us know anyway and we may be able to find you a team!

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 with all of last year’s team gaining 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

Closing date for entries – 4th October.  The closing date for this competition has now passed but we have left the details here so that you are aware of this annual competition for next year.  

Mooting Competitions

Do use the Mooting Mooting Page at LW638 for more help – 


Essay competitions

Future Legal Mind Award – win £2000 + mentoring

Talented and passionate budding lawyers are being invited to put themselves forward for the chance to be named as the country’s brightest Future Legal Mind.

The Future Legal Mind Award is a law essay competition which is now in its sixth year. Past winners of the competition, which is run by National Accident Helpline, have gone on to enjoy success in the legal industry, with several becoming barristers and solicitors.

University of Buckingham student Charley-Anne Gordon was named winner of the Future Legal Mind Award 2019. She said: “Winning the competition has given me a boost to finish my degree and take another step towards my career goal of becoming a legal academic. I’d encourage anyone who is passionate about pursuing a legal career to enter Future Legal Mind 2020. Writing the competition essay gave me a chance to express my passion for law and the areas which interest me most, and to show my skills and knowledge.”

The Future Legal Mind Award is open to current law students – both undergraduate and postgraduate – and to legal trainees, including apprentices, who are within the first two years of their law career.

The winner of Future Legal Mind 2020 will receive a prize package including £2,000 and a mentoring session with one of National Accident Helpline’s experienced in-house lawyers.

To enter, entrants must write an essay response to the competition question, which can be found at

Judges will review the essays and choose a shortlist of 10 entrants, who will be asked to create a smartphone video explaining why they should be named the winner. Judges will then review the videos and essays to choose their Future Legal Mind 2020.

Tom Fitzgerald, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “Every year we are more and more impressed by the quality of the entries we receive from the lawyers of tomorrow who are studying or working all over the UK. We are very proud of the achievements of our six Future Legal Mind winners to date and we’re looking forward to finding the country’s brightest legal talent of 2020.”
Entries for Future Legal Mind 2020 must be submitted by midnight on Friday 28th February.