The 4th Future Legal Mind Award opens for entries this week, offering UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.
The award, sponsored by National Accident Helpline, offers the country's brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry.
Last year's Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said:
“Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies.
I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018."
Entrants are required to submit an original essay on a specific subject relevant to today's legal profession.
This year's Future Legal Mind essay question is:
The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture. What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?
Essays must be a maximum of 1,300 words, excluding footnotes and a 100-word summary and need to be submitted by January 14th.
Other previous winners and shortlisted candidates also say the award has enhanced their career prospects and has been great thing to have on their CVs.
2016 winner Tom Phillips, who said:
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 Future Legal Mind Award - it is a unique and valuable opportunity.
Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind Award 2018, said:
At National Accident Helpline, we set standards for our solicitors, and we believe that it is crucial to attract the very best people to the legal sector.
With that in mind, in 2014 we introduced the annual Future Legal Mind Essay Award, to bring recognition to young legal talent who share our passion for giving customers the best service.
Our winner is awarded with a financial contribution towards their studies and work experience at one of our high quality legal firms.
It's been heartening to see the positive impact the last three years' awards has had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind Award 2018.
You can read more about the award, and enter your essay here.