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Meet the finalists

Future Legal Mind is one of the UK's leading essay competitions, 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:

Our judges will review the shortlisted candidates' essays and videos to choose their winner, who will be announced in May.

This year, we look forward to supporting the legal career of one exceptional law student or trainee, by offering them a £2,000 prize fund along with mentoring and ongoing support from our experienced in-house lawyers.

Read more about our shortlist below:

Our 2021 shortlist


Gabrielle Butler

Gabrielle, 19, is a first-year law student at the University of Cambridge and hails from Shifnal, Shropshire.

Learning about the Trump administration's sustained attack on the rights of transgender individuals in the USA, prompted her decision to study law.

In her essay, she argued that the laws surrounding women's access to justice after experiencing sexual violence need reforming.

Watch Gabrielle's video:

Gabrielle, 19, is a first-year law student at the University of Cambridge and hails from Shifnal, Shropshire.\nLearning about the Trump administration's sustained attack on the rights of transgender individuals in the USA, prompted her decision to study law.\nIn her essay, she argued that the laws surrounding women's access to justice after experiencing sexual violence need reforming.\nWatch Gabrielle's video:

Lou Lou Curry

Lou Lou is studying the LLM Legal Practice course at BBP University. She volunteers at various law clinics and is due to take on a role as a paralegal in criminal defence work once she's completed her exams.

The 21-year-old from Fulham aspires to become a barrister, providing advocacy for a diverse range of clients.

Watch Lou Lou's video:

Lou Lou is studying the LLM Legal Practice course at BBP University. She volunteers at various law clinics and is due to take on a role as a paralegal in criminal defence work once she's completed her exams.\nThe 21-year-old from Fulham aspires to become a barrister, providing advocacy for a diverse range of clients.\nWatch Lou Lou's video:

Edeh Gharibi

Edeh comes from Cardiff and is a second-year law student at Cardiff University.

She dreams of specialising in discrimination law. In her entry, she argued that current legislation does not protect people who face “multiple discrimination” relating to their social and political identities.

Watch Edeh's video:

Edeh comes from Cardiff and is a second-year law student at Cardiff University.\nShe dreams of specialising in discrimination law. In her entry, she argued that current legislation does not protect people who face “multiple discrimination” relating to their social and political identities.\nWatch Edeh's video:

Bevan Mariadas

Bevan, 24, is completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and hopes to become a barrister working in clinical negligence, personal injury and inquests.

Hailing from Gants Hill, East London, Bevan's essay focused on an area of the law that he wants to see reformed - the laws around psychiatric injury for secondary victims.

Watch Bevan's video:

Bevan, 24, is completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and hopes to become a barrister working in clinical negligence, personal injury and inquests.\nHailing from Gants Hill, East London, Bevan's essay focused on an area of the law that he wants to see reformed - the laws around psychiatric injury for secondary victims.\nWatch Bevan's video:

Elena Michael

Elena runs her own consultancy for children whose studies are impacted by their mental health. She also works as a children's Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy administrator and is studying the Bar Practice course at BBP University.

Co-founder of #NotYourPorn - a campaign which fights for the removal of non-consensual content from UK porn sites, her passion for this is reflected in her essay.

Watch Elena's video:

Elena runs her own consultancy for children whose studies are impacted by their mental health. She also works as a children's Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy administrator and is studying the Bar Practice course at BBP University.\nCo-founder of #NotYourPorn - a campaign which fights for the removal of non-consensual content from UK porn sites, her passion for this is reflected in her essay.\nWatch Elena's video:

Nnemdi Ozoemena

Nnemdi, 19, comes from Borehamwood and is a second-year Law student at Durham University. She dreams of becoming a human rights solicitor.

In her essay she focused on the issue of non-consensual, or “forced adoption” within family law, arguing that laws in this area are “broken”.

Watch Nnemdi's video:

Nnemdi, 19, comes from Borehamwood and is a second-year Law student at Durham University. She dreams of becoming a human rights solicitor.\nIn her essay she focused on the issue of non-consensual, or “forced adoption” within family law, arguing that laws in this area are “broken”.\nWatch Nnemdi's video:

Angela Pober

Angela Pober is studying a Graduate Diploma in Law online with the University of Law. In her essay, the student from Beeny in Cornwall focused on gaining better access to justice for the farming community.

Angela has aspirations of becoming a barrister to provide “accessible legal representation” to those “who feed the nation”.

See Angela's video:

Angela Pober is studying a Graduate Diploma in Law online with the University of Law. In her essay, the student from Beeny in Cornwall focused on gaining better access to justice for the farming community.\nAngela has aspirations of becoming a barrister to provide “accessible legal representation” to those “who feed the nation”.\nSee Angela's video:

Shakira Schofield

Shakira is from Bolton and is in the second year of her Law with Criminology degree at the University of Salford. She aspires to become a solicitor working in criminal, public or EU law.

In her competition entry, she focused on the changes she'd like to see made to the Suicide Act.

See Shakira's video:

Shakira is from Bolton and is in the second year of her Law with Criminology degree at the University of Salford. She aspires to become a solicitor working in criminal, public or EU law.\nIn her competition entry, she focused on the changes she'd like to see made to the Suicide Act.\nSee Shakira's video:

Calvin Williams

Calvin, 21, from Lewisham in South East London, is a budding patent attorney who works at Withers & Rogers LLP in London and is studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University.

Calvin's feels passionately about intellectual property and patent law in offering scope to “reward” people's original ideas.

See Calvin's video

Calvin, 21, from Lewisham in South East London, is a budding patent attorney who works at Withers & Rogers LLP in London and is studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University.\nCalvin's feels passionately about intellectual property and patent law in offering scope to “reward” people's original ideas.\nSee Calvin's video

Keely Wright

Keely, 21, is studying for her law degree finals at the University of Greenwich. She lives in the Isle of Dogs in East London and aspires to become a solicitor.

In her essay she focused on “wrongful convictions”, believing that this corner of the law is governed by “counterproductive and contradictory” measures.

Watch Keely's video:

Keely, 21, is studying for her law degree finals at the University of Greenwich. She lives in the Isle of Dogs in East London and aspires to become a solicitor.\nIn her essay she focused on “wrongful convictions”, believing that this corner of the law is governed by “counterproductive and contradictory” measures.\nWatch Keely's video: