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.

Win a week of work experience with leading law firms

The University of Law (ULaw) has an Instagram competition.
See here for full
How to enter: you have to post a 30 second video about who inspires your career goals and why. Closing Date: Friday 29 November.
There will be 5 successful entries per university campus.
For further details on how to enter, please see the full competition terms and conditions at

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 – 


MEDICAL LAW moot at Leicester University – SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER.
The Moot problem is on the Mooting page as are the rules:
To apply you need to prepare a Skeleton argument on behalf of the Appellant and submit to Darren Weir on   by Friday 15th November 5pm.

Essay competitions

René Cassin’s annual ‘Human Writes’ essay competition 

Theme/title: “Social media: friend or foe of human rights?”

Social media gives activists a platform for mobilisation. It enables them to hold public officials to account. A campaign can be launched with a few characters and the click of a “post” button.   But it also exposes people to risks. Social media censorship can go too far and threaten freedom of expression. Or not go far enough and allow abuse and human rights violations to go unchecked. So, does social media help to protect human rights, does it threaten it?

Every year René Cassin, a human rights charity, runs this competition to get people thinking about key human rights issues.

We are delighted that Adam Wagner will judge this year’s entries. Adam is a human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and the founder and chair of RightsInfo, the digital human rights charity. He will be looking for well researched, well argued and well written essays.

1st Prize

• £100
• Publication on the René Cassin website (along with other shortlisted entries)
• Copy of East West Street – Philippe Sands‘ acclaimed account of the Jewish legal minds who sowed the seeds for human rights law at the Nuremberg trials.


  • The René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition is open to all. The age of the applicant will be considered.


  • Monday 11 November 2019, 12 noon. Winners announced early December.

Further information and enquiries

Please email us at if you have any queries about this competition

The Law Society’s Graham Turnbull essay competition 2019 – win £500

The title of the 2019 essay is: “Has the rule of law been replaced by the rule of politics?”
The maximum word count for the essay is 2,000 words.
Essays must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 25 November to Sarah Richardson.
For more information and to see the eligibility criteria, download the Graham Turnbull essay competition guidelines from 
The winner of the competition will be announced at the lecture on 10 December at the Law Society.

Property Bar Association Essay Competition



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PBA Essay Competition 2020
Open to all undergraduates, LLM, GDL and BPTC students
The essay question will be launched on the PBA Website on 1 November 2019

1st Prize – £1,000, a copy of Megarry & Wade, The Law of Real Property and your essay published in EG
2nd Prize – £500 and a copy of Megarry & Wade, The Law of Real Property
3rd Prize – £250 and a copy of Megarry & Wade, The Law of Real Property

Deadline for entries is Friday 3 January 2020.

Prizes will be presented by the Master of the Rolls at the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple on Thursday 2 April 2020 (we invite all competition entrants to attend the reception).


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.