Media Release: Law Society and Scottish Parliament annual essay competition for new lawyers

LAW students are in with a chance of winning a rare opportunity to work in the legal department of the Scottish Parliament if they can put into writing which aspects of Scots law should be recommended for change by any Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

The question the students are being asked to consider is: ‘Which of the Scottish Law Commission’s unimplemented reports should a committee or a Member of the Scottish Parliament take forward to implement after the next election and why?’

This is the third year of the new lawyers essay competition, which was originally launched to celebrate two important anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of the Law Society and the 10th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.

Michael Clancy, director of Law Reform at the Law Society, said the idea was to encourage law students in the final and penultimate years of the L.LB from all of Scotland’s L.LB providing universities to think about the input of Scotland’s 10,000 solicitors in shaping the country’s laws.

“We are delighted to be running the competition for the third year. It’s a great opportunity for law students to compete to win a fantastic prize of £500 and a three-week summer placement in the Parliament’s legal department.”

Lynda Towers, Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, said: “We hope this competition will encourage students to explore the various aspects of Scots Law and anaylse the role of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Law Commission.”

Entries should be 2,000 words long and should be emailed in Word to by 12pm on May 4th, 2011.

The judges will make their decision in May and the winning student will be invited to receive their prize at the Final of the Donald Dewar Debating Tournament in June and have their winning essay printed in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.


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