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We believe it's crucial for the legal sector to evolve and in a way that inspires the next generation to build their careers in law. That's why we continue to run Future Legal Mind, our annual search to find the shining legal stars of tomorrow.

This year, the competition will be split into two categories, offering two law students - one undergraduate and one postgraduate - the chance to win £1,500 to go towards their studies. They will also be able to take part in mentoring with experienced lawyers and complete a work experience placement at National Accident Helpline's law firm, National Accident Law.

Future Legal Mind is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK. Previous winners have gone on to become solicitors and barristers, and to undertake other prestigious legal roles.

Returning for the eighth consecutive year, entries are now open for Future Legal Mind 2022.


Who can enter?

Future Legal Mind is open to:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate Law students studying at universities and colleges in the UK

See the full terms and conditions.


How do I enter?

To enter Future Legal Mind 2022, students are invited to submit essay responses to the following questions: 

Undergraduates:

Now that the UK has officially left the EU, what legal changes would you recommend making over the next ten years?  

Postgraduates:

Is the UK court system fit for purpose and what role should other, alternative forms of dispute resolution play? 

Essays must be:

When submitting your entry, please also include:

  • Your full name
  • The circumstances under which you are eligible to enter - this should be the university or college you are studying at and your course
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number

The prize

The winners in both categories will:

  • Be announced as our Future Legal Mind 2022 and feature in publicity
  • Take part in a mentoring session with one of our experienced in-house lawyers
  • Receive a £1,500 prize fund
  • A legal work placement opportunity

The competition stages

Stage 1

  • Entrants should send us their essay answering the question above by midnight on 25th February 2022
  • Our judging panel will review the essays and choose a shortlist of five people in each category

Stage 2

  • Our shortlists will be announced on Monday 28th March 2022
  • The finalists will each be asked to record a short smartphone video explaining why they think they should be named our winner

Stage 3

  • Our judges will review the finalists' essays and videos and choose our winners
  • Our winners will be announced on Tuesday 14th June 2022

Last year's competition

Last year's competition

Our Future Legal Mind 2021 winner was BPP University law student Elena Michael.

Elena, who is studying to become a barrister, impressed our judges with her ideas about regulating the commercial porn industry. After qualifying, Elena hopes to undertake an LLM and pursue a PhD in digital sexual crimes before applying for pupillage.

See her winner's video:

Our Future Legal Mind 2021 winner was BPP University law student Elena Michael.\nElena, who is studying to become a barrister, impressed our judges with her ideas about regulating the commercial porn industry. After qualifying, Elena hopes to undertake an LLM and pursue a PhD in digital sexual crimes before applying for pupillage.\nSee her winner's video:

2020: University of Cambridge graduate Joseph Kelen, now studying an LLM at Harvard Law School

2019: University of Buckingham student Charley-Anne Gordon

2018: University of Surrey student Gbemisola Obolo

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

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

2015: Undergraduate winner - University of York student Amy Loughery

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


Interviews with past winners and finalists

If you're thinking about entering next year's Future Legal Mind, check out some great advice from our past winners and finalists.

In the interviews below, they share their experiences of the competition and give useful hints and tips for applicants.