The Competition

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

Choose one of the three 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.

Find out about The University of Law’s Real World Questions campaign by clicking here.

Does the world need more entrepreneurs?

Things to consider:

  • How can managers maintain productivity in challenging times?
  • Does the right business structure balance financial risks?
  • Does the world need more entrepreneurs?
  • Recession – what did businesses do last time? Can the past help us in the future?

Will stop and search protect or polarise our society?

Things to consider:

  • How has the law been impacted by COVID? (vaccinations, employment law, policing powers)
  • How will legal technology impact lawyers?
  • How has technology impacted the role of a barrister and court room work?

How is Mental Health protected by the Law and is it enough?

Things to consider:

  • What determines the sentence of a crime
  • Does everyone get a fair trial?
  • Does Stop and Search protect or polarise society?
  • Is prison an effective form of punishment?
  • How do the police deal with critical incidents?
  • Is the criminal justice system diverse enough?

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

Click the icon to download the winning essay for 2021 in the Law category.

Click the icon to download the winning essay for 2021 in the Business category.

Click the icon to download the winning essay for 2021 in the Criminal Justice category.

Hear from our 2021 winners on their experience; how they felt receiving their first prize awards, their cash, laptops, mentoring and work experience placements

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 18 September 2022.

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.

Director of Employability, University of Law
John Watkins
Campus Dean, University of Law
Zoe King
Lawyer and Project Coordinator at Deutsche Bank
Chris Miller
General Counsel, Food and Ventures, the Co-op
Gill Gardner
About us

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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.