The Future Legal Mind award, launched today by the National Accident Helpline in association with Lawyer 2B, will offer students the chance to win £5,000 and work experience.
The competition will see one undergraduate law student and one postgraduate law student win £5,000 towards their studies during 2015 and work experience at the London or Manchester office of law firm Colemans-CTTS.
To be in with a chance of winning, entrants must submit a 1,000 word essay, with the winners published on lawyer2b.com.
Undergraduates will be asked the following question: ‘If the justice system were a blank canvas and you had the power to structure it, what would you do in terms of access to justice?’
Those planning to study the Graduate Diploma in Law, Common Professional Exam, Legal Practice Course or a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification must answer the question: ‘How do you think the provision of legal services should change over the next 10 years? How would this affect access to justice?’
The judging panel will comprise National Accident Helpline Group CEO Russell Atkinson, National Accident Helpline legal director Jonathan White, Colemans-CTTS managing partner Janet Tilley and Lawyer 2B editor Richard Simmons.
The competition opens today, Monday 20 October 2014. The final date on which entries will be accepted is Thursday 5 February 2015. Shortlisted entries will be announced in early March 2015 and the winners will be announced on 30 March 2015.
The award is open to all UK-resident university students currently pursuing a legal qualification at either undergraduate or post-graduate level.
Atkinson said: “This is an opportunity for students to really express their understanding of the justice system, showcase their desire to make a difference and gain a foot up in their journey towards joining the legal profession.
“We know that many talented law students find the cost of studying prohibitive, and we’re keen to give a helping hand to someone who otherwise might struggle to progress in their career.
“We want to help ensure that young lawyers with the talent and original thinking to make a real contribution to the future of our legal system aren’t prevented from entering it by lack of funds.”
Simmons added: “Aspiring lawyers now have to be more clued up than ever before about the legal profession.
“This award is a great opportunity for them both to demonstrate their knowledge and, just as importantly, express their opinion about how the justice system should look in the future.
“I am very much looking forward to seeing what they have to say.”
Further details, including the entry form, are available at national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind