Future Legal Mind 2022 is launched

updated on 03 November 2021

The search for the most promising legal talent of 2022 is underway as the Future Legal Mind Award 2022 is launched.

Entering its eighth year, Future Legal Mind remains one of the UK’s leading law competitions. This year’s competition, run by the National Accident Helpline, has been split into two categories to offer one undergraduate and one postgraduate law student the opportunity to be named ‘Future Legal Mind 2022’.

As well as receiving a prize fund of £1,500 each, the two winners will be offered mentoring support with experienced lawyers and a work experience placement at National Accident Law (National Accident Helpline’s law firm).

The competition has been designed to give future lawyers a chance “to share their understanding and insights for making valuable changes to the law.”

Legal director of National Accident Helpline, Jonathan White said: “We continue to run Future Legal Mind as part of our aim to promote innovation in the sector and to help inspire new generations to build their careers in law.

“Seeing how our past winners and finalists have gone on to excel in their legal professions makes us extremely proud. We now look forward to finding the next, rising stars of tomorrow.”

Elena Michael, who was named Future Legal Mind in 2021, is currently studying for the Bar at BPP University Law School in London. Other previous winners have secured roles in the legal profession as solicitors, barristers and other prestigious legal roles. 

Elena spoke about her experience of the competition: “I really enjoyed writing and recording my entries for Future Legal Mind.

“It offers a unique way to present your legal interests in a succinct yet engaging way. If you’re passionate about a specific area of the law, I urge you to enter Future Legal Mind.”

To enter the competition, students are required to submit their answers to the following questions in essay form:

  • Undergraduates – Now that the UK has officially left the EU, what legal changes would you recommend making over the next 10 years? 
  • Postgraduates – Is the UK court fit for purpose and what role should other, alternative forms of dispute resolution comprise?

For more information about the competition and entry requirements visit the National Accident Helpline website. Students must submit their essays by midnight on Friday 25 February 2022. Those who are shortlisted will then be required to film and submit a smartphone video in support of their written entry.