Bar Council launches essay competition

Would-be lawyers across the UK are being asked to put pen to paper and enter an essay competition organised by the Bar Council for a chance to win a cash prize of up to £4,000.

The competition, which is in its ninth year and sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust, is open to law students or pupils who make an impressive case for law reform in the form of a 3,000-word essay.

Professional affairs secretary Wendy McLaughlin said: “It’s a great competition that has been helping students for nine years now and the money I’m sure will go towards helping with the financial burden of studying law.”

The prizes have been split into two categories and the successful candidate, who already has a pupillage, can stand to win £4,000 while the runner up will walk away with £2,500.

Those with a qualifying law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) can scoop £1,500 if they impress the judges, meanwhile the runner up will be awarded £1,000.

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2010 and prizes will be presented at the Law Reform Committee Lecture on 23 November 2010.