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We believe it's crucial to attract the brightest minds to the legal sector, which is why we run Future Legal Mind - our annual competition to find the shining legal stars of tomorrow.

Future Legal Mind has been running since 2015 and is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK.

Entries are now open for our 2021 competition - and we look forward to finding the UK's next Future Legal Mind!

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Prize package

This year we are looking forward to supporting the legal career of one exceptional law student or trainee, by offering them a prize package including:

  • A £2,000 prize fund
  • A mentoring session with, and ongoing support from, our experienced in-house lawyers

Achieving a qualification in law provides a great foundation for careers today.

Tell us about why you chose to study law and which area of the law you feel most passionate about.

Is there an area of the law or UK legal system which you think is broken and requires urgent reform?

Essays must be:

  • No longer than 650 words in length
  • Submitted by us by midnight on Friday 26th February 2021
  • Essays can be submitted by emailing them to futurelegalmind@nahl.co.uk
  • Essays must be attached to your email as either a Microsoft Word document or PDF document

When submitting your entry, please also include:

  • Your full name
  • The circumstances under which you are eligible to enter - this could be the university you are studying at and your course, or details of your job role
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number


The competition stages

Stage 1

  • Entrants should send us their essay answering the question above by midnight on 26th February 2021
  • Our judging panel will review the essays and choose a shortlist of 10 people


Stage 2

  • Our shortlist will be announced in March 2021
  • The 10 finalists will each be asked to record a short smartphone video explaining why they think they should be named as our winner


Stage 3

  • Our judges will review the finalists' essays and videos and choose the winner
  • The winner will be announced in May 2021

Our past finalists and winners

Over the past six years of Future Legal Mind, we have had some exceptional law students and trainees named as our finalists and winners. 

Find out more about our Future Legal Minds from previous years:

Future Legal Mind 2020

Future Legal Mind 2019

Future Legal Mind 2018

Future Legal Mind 2017

Future Legal Mind 2016

Future Legal Mind 2015

We are proud to have helped to give a boost to the careers of our excellent competition winners over the past six years, and we wish them all the best as their legal careers continue to flourish.

2020 winner: University of Cambridge student Joseph Kelen 

2019 winner: University of Buckingham student Charley-Anne Gordon

2018 winner: University of Surrey student Gbemisola Obolo

2017 winner: University of Law student Hana Kapadia, who is now a trainee solicitor

2016 winner: City Law School student Tom Phillips, who is now a barrister

2015 Undergraduate winner: University of York student Amy Loughery

2015 Postgraduate winner: City University student Lukas Hamilton Eddy, who is now a barrister

Resources

As part of running the Future Legal Mind award, we produce useful resources to guide and inspire applicants working on their competition essays.

We also publish insight and tips to help aspiring lawyers in their careers.

  • Seven sins of the law firm interview - With entry-level positions at law firms getting tougher to win, graduates need to make sure they don't make any mistakes in their application or interview. We asked five key decision makers what the worst mistakes were that they'd seen job applicants make.
  • Law degree life hacks - We asked law students and our very own panel of law graduate personal injury specialists for their tips on how to survive a law degree.