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Today we welcome the addition of Professor Gary Slapper to the judging panel for our inaugural Future Legal Mind award, created to give future leaders of the legal world an opportunity to excel.
The award will be judged on the basis of a 1,000-word essay on a legal subject, with one undergraduate and one postgraduate winner. Each winner will receive £5,000 towards their studies in 2015, along with a work experience placement at national solicitor firm Colemans-CTTS. The winning essays will be published by leading online careers site Lawyer 2B.
Professor Slapper is Global Professor of Law at New York University and director of NYU London, the university’s UK campus. He is an esteemed legal author, with titles spanning from the academic, such as his encyclopaedic work The English Legal System, and what Noam Chomsky has described as ‘path-breaking’ with Blood In The Bank, to more light-hearted reads, including Weird Cases – a collection of writings taken from his eponymous column for The Times.
“Law is something that affects everyone, all the time. It governs everything from the embryo to exhumation.
“Choosing the people who get to be the lawyers and judges in our society is therefore important. Training to study law is very expensive, and the process can exclude people whose life experiences should be part of the fabric of the law.
“Investing in the next generation of legal minds is an important part of shaping our future. I shall be intrigued to see how the applicants respond to the questions about how access to justice will change in our rapidly-evolving world, and I am delighted to be part of an initiative which gives conscientious and sharp students a good chance to succeed.”
Professor G J Slapper
To enter the competition, undergraduate students must submit an essay answering the 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?” Postgraduates 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?”
Professor Slapper joins fellow judges Russell Atkinson, CEO, NAHL Group plc; Jonathan White, Legal Director, National Accident Helpline, Janet Tilley, National Managing Partner, Colemans-CTTS and Richard Simmons, Editor, Lawyer 2B, on the Future Legal Mind panel.
All UK resident undergraduate and postgraduate students of law, or those pursuing a legal qualification, are eligible for the award. Entries will be accepted up until the closing date, Thursday 5 February 2015. A shortlist of essays will be announced at the beginning of March 2015, with the winners announced on 30 March.
Visit this page and fill in our form to register your interest now.
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