Future Legal Mind Award 2021 is launched

updated on 01 October 2020

The Future Legal Mind Award 2021 has been launched and begins its search for the most promising legal talent of 2021.

Run annually by the National Accident Helpline, the competition is now in its seventh year. Law students and legal trainees within the first two years of their careers are eligible to enter, with the winning essay receiving a £2,000 prize fund to support their career development, as well as mentoring sessions with experienced lawyers form the National Accident Helpline team.

Legal director of National Accident Helpline, Jonathan White said: “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.”

Joseph Kelan, who won last year’s Future Legal Mind Award while at university in Cambridge, is now studying the Bar Vocational Course at The City Law School in London. Speaking about the competition, 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 be in with a chance of winning this year’s award, students and trainees must write an essay in response to a question about their legal passions and which area of the law they would like to see reformed.

Applicants have until Friday 26 February 2021 to submit their essay, which will be reviewed by a panel. The 10 applicants that make the final shortlist will then be asked to send in a smartphone video to support their essay, which the judges will use to determine who will be named the Future Legal Mind 2021.

You can find out more about the competition on the National Accident Helpline website.