Future Legal Mind is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK, held annually to find the shining legal stars of tomorrow.
We are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Future Legal Mind award:
- Nazmin Akthar
- Priya Bahri
- Conor Courtney
- Henry Day
- Jessica Hitchcock
- Joseph Kelen
- Tamar Knight
- Janahan Sivanathan
- Mari Watkins
- Ben Williams
Our judges are reviewing the essays and videos submitted by our finalists to help them make the difficult decision of choosing who will be the competition winner. Good luck to all of our finalists!
The winner will now be announced in late June, so please check back to find out who will be named Future Legal Mind 2020.
The winner will take part in a mentoring session with our experienced in-house lawyers and will receive a £2,000 prize fund.
Read more about our shortlist below.
Our 2020 shortlist
Nazmin is in the second year of studying part-time for the LPC (Legal Practice Course) at the University of Law.
The 33-year-old, from Bicester in Oxfordshire, has studied and worked in various legal roles. She is looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor and continuing her work in property law.
Watch Nazmin's video:
Priya is a trainee solicitor for the Disability Law Service, a legal charity specialising in benefits, community care, employment and housing law. Priya's role involves representing disabled adults, children and their carers in getting access to justice.
The 31-year-old's essay outlined some of the typical legal cases she faces in her role and called for social welfare law to be given a higher profile on legal training courses.
Watch Priya's video:
Conor is completing a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law at UCL.
The 23-year-old from Dublin aims to become a solicitor and currently volunteers at the Chelsea Citizens Advice Bureau and the UCL Rare Dementia Legal Advice Clinic.
Watch Conor's video:
Henry, 22, is a third-year law student at the University of Cambridge and hails from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
His aspiration is to become a legal academic, specialising in either international environmental law or international regulation of artificial intelligence.
In his essay, Henry wrote about his desire for the law to help bring about positive change globally.
Watch Henry's video:
Jessica is a Trainee Legal Executive at Ashton's Legal in Cambridge.
In her competition essay the 28-year-old, from Cambridge, wrote about her experience of being diagnosed with the health condition endometriosis and how she now champions women's health in the workplace.
Watch Jessica's video:
Joseph is studying Senior Status Law at the University of Cambridge and his aspiration is to become a barrister.
In his competition essay, the 25-year-old from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, focused on an area of the law which he wanted to see changed - the laws around vagrancy.
Joseph argued these laws are “counterproductive” as they leave people with a criminal record which gives them “no choice but to be on the streets”, as they are then unable to try to get a job or access housing benefit.
Watch Joseph's video:
Tamar is a first-year law student at Cardiff University.
The 20-year-old from Cornwall aspires to work as a solicitor and campaigner in environmental law, which was the focus of her competition essay.
Watch Tamar's video:
Janahan is in his second year of his law degree at Birkbeck, University of London.
In his competition essay, the 27-year-old focused on the changes he'd like to see made to immigration law.
Watch Janahan's video:
Mari is from Neath in Wales and is in the second year of her law degree at Swansea University. The 19-year-old aspires to become a barrister.
Mari's passion is for the great outdoors and land law, which was the focus of her competition essay.
See Mari's video:
Ben is currently studying the LPC at the University of Law's Moorgate campus. In his competition essay the 25-year-old, from Hatfield in Hertfordshire, focused on access to justice and legal aid.
After completing his training as a solicitor, Ben aspires to take on a role working on access to information and legal advice.
Watch Ben's video:
Future Legal Mind Award alumni: our past winners
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
2015: Undergraduate winner - University of York student Amy Loughery