The national award for law students, Future Legal Mind 2017, has launched in association with legal publication Lawyer 2B with a top prize of £5,000.
The award, now in its third year, offers a range of prizes to UK law students looking for a leg up in the legal industry.
Future Legal Mind 2017 entrants must complete an essay on the subject: “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?”
As well as the top prize of £5,000, the winner will gain a work experience placement to help them gain a foot in the door of the legal profession. Nine finalists, meanwhile, will each be awarded cash prizes of £250.
Last year's Future Legal Mind winner, Tom Phillips, said of the award:
I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage. I would encourage all law students to enter the 2017 Future Legal Mind competition - it is a unique and valuable opportunity.
Judges this year will include National Accident Helpline managing director Simon Trott, Lawyer 2B editor Richard Simmons and National Accident Helpline legal director Jonathan White.
To find out more about Future Legal Mind, and to enter this year's award, visit the Future Legal Mind entry page.