Mooting at the Supreme Court is good for the CV!

Brunel law students recently had the opportunity to take part in a mooting competition held at the Supreme Court. Not only was this a fantastic experience, boosting students’ public speaking skills and confidence but it also gives them something really interesting to talk about on CVs and applications.

Legal recruiters place a high value on extracurricular activities. They don’t have to have a legal angle but ideally the activities you choose to do outside of your studies and work will give you additional skills you can bring to the workplace.

Mooting is great for demonstrating that you have the ability to work in a team, conduct research and shows your public speaking skills, all of which are of value to legal employers.

Here are the highlights from the Supreme Court final:

Write to win…

….a week’s work experience at Olswang!

I know you’re probably sick to the back teeth with essay writing but if you can manage just one more then the rewards could be well worth it!

Legal work experience is highly valued by recruiters and can sometimes be difficult to secure, especially in some of the more high profile firms. If you’re good at essay writing but maybe don’t have much to say on those dreaded vacation scheme applications then why not try your hand at an essay writing competition to try to secure some work experience at leading firm, Olswang? There’s also a chance to shadow at Matrix Chambers, visit The Guardian newspaper’s offices and spend time at the UKSC. What are you waiting for?


Young Lawyer 2012 Essay Competition

Young Lawyer has teamed with legal training provider NCLT to offer you the chance of winning a free place on an LPC course of their choice.  All you have to do is to write an essay based on this question:

As you embark on your training to become a lawyer, the legal profession is undergoing the most radical change in decades, which will result in law firms losing the monopoly on the provision of legal advice.  “How do you think legal reform will affect you and other aspiring lawyers training to become solicitors?

The rules
Word count: 1,000-1,300
Criteria:  Essays will be judged on structure, coherence, accuracy and strength of argument
How to enter:  Email your essay to
Closing date:  29 June 2012
Find out more

UKSC Blog Essay competition

The UKSC blog covers developments in the UK Supreme Court, and it is run jointly be editors from Olswang LLP and Matrix Chambers.

How to enter the Essay competition:
Submit your answer to one of these questions:

  1. What has been the most imprtant Supreme Court case to date and why?
  2. Is the Supreme Court independent?

to by 5:00pm on Monday 27 February 2012

Find out more:
Visit where you can see the rules.

The prizes:
First prize:  A week’s work experience at Olswang LLP in March 2012 and publication of your essay on the UKSC Blog.
Runners Up:  Selected essays will be published on the UKSC Blog.

An LPC For Free?

Leading magazine for aspiring lawyers, Lawyer2B has teamed up with BPP Law School to offer a free place on each of its GDL and LPC courses for the September 2012 intake. All you have to do is write a 1500 word article to appear in the summer 2012 edition of Lawyer2B. The article should express your views on whether the City can act ethically. For more details on the competition, how to enter and some top tips for writing a prize-winning article go to the Lawyer2B website. Be quick as the closing date is Friday 10th February 2012.

While you’re there, why not sign up for their news alerts by clicking on the ‘subscribe’ tab at the top right-hand side of the homepage.

Cameras in court? Times Law Awards essay competition

Sponsored by One Essex Court the title for this year’s competition is:

Cameras in court:  justice’s loss or gain?

and you can find out more information about the competition and the prizes at

Entries must be clearly handwritten or typed with double spacing, and should be sent to The Times Law Awards, c/o One Essex Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9AR, or by email to

When sending in your essay, please remember to include your name, address, contact telephone number, age and details of the educational institution, barristers chambers or firm of solicitors that you belong to.

The closing date for entries:  Monday 28 November 2011 at 6:00pm

Black, Asian and Ethnic minority Law students – see the Legal Gateway Scheme

Introducing the Legal Gateway Scheme which includes the Legal Launch Pad (LLP) programme and is aimed at Black, Asian and Ethnic minority Law and non-Law students who wish to enter into the legal profession. The programme offers a unique mix of work placement, mentoring & coaching, skills development, workshops, networking and other opportunities. Applications for the above programme can now be made, and the closing date for the receipt of the completed application and all supporting documentation is at 3pm on 30 November 2011.

The programme provides developmental training, offers practical experience of working in a legal environment, Continue reading