A search for the most promising legal talent of 2021 is now underway.
The Future Legal Mind Award is run annually by National Accident Helpline to find the UK’s brightest legal prospect.
Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to law students and to legal trainees who are within the first two years of their careers.
This year’s winner will receive a £2,000 prize fund to support their career development and will take part in mentoring with experienced lawyers from the National Accident Helpline team.
Jonathan White, Legal Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “Running this competition shows us, year after year, that there are so many talented people across the UK pursuing careers in law, which is great news for the sector.
“Each year, we look forward to finding and championing that standout individual who shows us they’ve got what it takes to go far in the legal world.
“We’re always pleased and proud to see our past winners and finalists going on to make their mark in different areas of the law – and we look forward to finding this year’s most talented and promising lawyer-to-be.”
The winner of Future Legal Mind 2020 was Joseph Kelen, then a University of Cambridge student, who is now studying the Bar Vocational Course at The City Law School in London.
Joseph said: “Entering Future Legal Mind is great advocacy experience and great fun.
“It presents exactly the sort of challenge – advocating for a change in the law and for yourself, in a short amount of time and in plain, simple terms – that I definitely hadn’t had many opportunities to do before.”
To enter Future Legal Mind 2021, students and trainees are invited to write an essay response to a question about their legal passions and which area of the law they would like to see reformed.
The full essay question can be found at https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/news/future-legal-mind
Essays must be submitted by midnight on Friday 26 February 2021 and will be reviewed by a panel, who will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of 10 people.
The shortlist of 10 will each be asked to submit a smartphone video to support their written entry, and the competition judges will review the essays and videos to decide who will be named Future Legal Mind 2021.