Scottish Parliament, FSLA launch essay competitions

Would-be lawyers across the UK are being asked to put pen to paper and enter a range of essay competitions in a bid to gain spots on a series of internship programmes.

Students could stand to win a rare opportunity to work in the legal department of the Scottish Parliament if they can put into writing why lawyers are important to the Parliament’s continued success.

The essay competition, launched by the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament, marks two important anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of the Law Society and the 10th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.

Director of Law Reform at the Law Society Michael Clancy said: “The contribution Scotland’s solicitors make every day to shaping and creating the law is tremendous and this competition will encourage students to explore that contribution.”

The Financial Services Lawyers’ Association (FSLA) meanwhile is running an essay competition which will see the winner walk away with £2,000 in prize money.

The successful candidate will also receive a six-week internship at the FSA including two weeks with the Regulatory Decisions Committee, two weeks with the Enforcement Division and two weeks with the General Counsel’s Division.

Entrants will have to write 1,500 words on the question ‘Does the law provide sufficient measures to take against directors of banks that fail?’ and submit it to by 30 April 2009.

Entries for the competition launched by the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament should be 2,000 words long and should be emailed in Word format to by 12pm on 27 March.