Future Legal Mind 2017 launches offering students a major career boost and cash prizes

Legal essay award opens to law students this week with a £5,000 top prize

The third annual Future Legal Mind award launches this week, offering UK law undergraduates the chance to win a valuable work placement and cash prizes totalling over £7,000. 

The prestigious award, in association with industry publication Lawyer 2B, offers the country’s brightest legal minds a leg up into a much sought after profession.

Last year’s Future Legal Mind winner, Tom Phillips, said: "Participating in Future Legal Mind was a fantastic experience. The competition enabled me to connect with professionals in the legal industry and meet a group of talented law students.”

Entrants are required to submit an original essay on a specific subject relevant to today’s legal profession. 

This year's Future Legal Mind essay question is: "If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?" 

Essays must be a maximum of 1,300 words, excluding footnotes and a 100-word summary and need to be submitted by January 18th, 2017.

While the winning essay will earn the author the top prizes, a further nine shortlisted candidates will each receive a £250 runner-up prize, and be able to describe themselves as a ‘Future Legal Mind Finalist’.

Previous winners and shortlisted candidates say the award has enhanced their career prospects and is a great thing to have on their CVs. 

"I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage,” says Tom Phillips. "I would encourage all law students to enter the 2017 Future Legal Mind Competition - it is a unique and valuable opportunity."

Future Legal Mind 2016 Finalist, Simone Farrer, added: “The status of finalist has featured prominently in job applications I have made to date and I'm certain it gave them an added boost to help me secure the positions I applied for.”

Students can now enter their essay at: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

Publication date: 25 November 2016