The Competition

We want to hear your opinions on the current Real World Questions being asked of lawyers and business professionals today.

Choose one of the two questions below and write an essay that argues the differing views across the industry. Be inquisitive, research to expand your knowledge in the area and develop key skills that will help you achieve your ambitions.

We have given possible ideas you may want to explore and provided resources to get you started.

How fair is the Criminal Justice System?

  • Diversity in the justice system
  • Fair trials and legal funding
  • Management of critical incidents
  • Stop and search policies

How do businesses adapt to change effectively?

  • Artificial intelligence in the workplace
  • Managing productivity 
  • E-commerce vs. traditional companies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility;  ‘Green’ products and sustainability 
  • Adapting to Covid-19

This Year's Winning Essays

Why should you take part?

Develop key study skills for future study (Researching, referencing and essay writing)

Support and enhance your current study (subject area and EPQ)

Strengthen your Personal Statement and CV

Gain professional knowledge

You will also be in with the chance of winning some fantastic main prizes including £1000 cash and careers mentoring and regional runner up prizes.

The essays will be judged by a host of talented professionals in the business and legal world.

Entry instructions

How to enter

The competition is open to all students studying in years 10-13. See the entry page for more details and to submit your essay. Don’t miss out, the closing date is 13 October 2020.

Choose a title
Choose one of the Real World Questions.
Use the resources page to learn more about possible areas to explore and to develop your essay writing skills.
Make sure your essay is between 1,000 – 1,500 words.
Judging criteria
Your essay will be judged based on a combination of essay writing skills, use of independent research and ability to engage our judges with creative content.
Terms and Conditions
See Terms and Conditions page to check details about your entry.
Our Panel

Meet the Judges

Our judging panel draws from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Click below for details of our eight judges.

Specialist Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service
Eran Cutliffe
Programme and Student Lead, Policing Programmes, University of Law
Jennifer Schmidt-Petersen
Senior Lecturer, Accounting and Finance, University of Law
Olaposi Olatubosun
General Counsel, Food and Ventures, the Co-op
Gill Gardner
About us

The University of

What really sets us apart from other universities is the guiding principle that future lawyers and business leaders should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context, with plenty of practical interactive engagement. That's why we keep our contact hours high and our teaching groups small.

Our undergraduate courses combine academic rigour with practical skills to provide you with the essential groundwork needed to begin your journey into a variety of careers. 

You can attend a variety of live virtual events that will help support your decision making around future career pathways.

Our track record of excellence in learning and development has helped us establish worldwide connections within the legal and business industries. More than 250 of our tutors are qualified lawyers and business professionals, all have extensive practical experience which they are able to pass on to our students. 

Find more about our staff and alumni competition judges here.