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  1. The Competition is open to all students studying in years 10-13. 
  2. Choose one of the Real World Questions essay options. 
  3. Use the resources page to learn more about possible areas to explore and to develop your essay writing skills.
  4. Make sure your essay is between 1,000 – 1,500 words.
  5. 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.
  6. See Terms and Conditions page to check details about your entry.
  7. Submit your entry below, before the deadline date of 18th September 2022.
  8. Your essay must be your own work. Plagiarism checks may be applied to your submission.

If you are under 16 at the time of entering, you will need your parent or guardian to complete a Parental Consent Form to confirm they are happy for you to enter the competition.

You can access this form by clicking here.

Please note that if we do not receive the consent form, your entry will not be valid. Any queries, please email

Essay options:


Option 1: Does the world need more entrepreneurs?

Option 2: Will stop and search protect or polarise our society?

Option 3: How is Mental Health protected by the Law and is it enough?

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Entries must be 1500 words or less. Please do not include photos. Upload your entry in Microsoft Word format. Please ensure file size is under 2mb.
The University of Law reserves the right to verify an entrant's age or education status and check submissions for plagiarism


Terms and conditions

Eligibility: This Promotion is open to residents of England and Wales currently attending school, sixth form, or college in the school years 10 through 13.  Excluded are employees of The University of Law (“the Promoter”), their families, or agents, businesses or anyone else professionally connected with this Promotion.  Entrants in school years other than 10 through 13, or who are attending university, or who are in employment are not eligible.

Promotion Period: Enter between 00.01 GMT on 20th June 2022 (“Opening Date”) and 11:59 GMT on 18th September 2022 (“Closing Date”).

No purchase necessary.  Entry is made online, internet access is required.

To Enter: Input and submit details via the form and upload your essay answering one of the three set questions.  Essays must be of a length between 1000 and 1500 words, in Microsoft word format, with a file size under 2mb.  Submissions must be the entrants’ own work – plagiarism checks may be applied.


Law essay grand prize:

  • £1000 cash prize
  • A week’s work experience with the Co-op’s Legal Team, and a place on an exclusive Insight Day at Clyde & Co (plus £50 per day for travel expenses if required to travel)
  • Two hour session with John Watkins on employability
  • A Windows 10 laptop

Business essay grand prize:

  • £1000 cash prize
  • An exclusive workshop with PwC recruiters on how to succeed in the selection process (plus £50 per day for travel expenses if required to travel)
  • Two hour session with John Watkins on employability
  • A Windows 10 laptop

Policing and criminology essay grand prize:

  • £1000 cash prize
  • A week’s work experience with DWRM, who work with universities to offer a wide range of degree courses to students in prisons, as well as providing specialist support to them whilst in prison and on release
  • Two hour session with John Watkins on employability
  • A Windows 10 laptop

Six runners up (two runners up from each category) will receive:

  • A Windows 10 laptop

The prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.  Preferred dates for work experience and employability sessions will be arranged on the basis of feasibility, mutual convenience and prevailing COVID safety measures.  Arrangements may be delayed due to safety considerations, and work from home experience may also be offered.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for an alternative of equal or greater value.

Entrants may not submit multiple entries per person, one entry is permitted per person.  Any duplicate, 3rd party, or scripted entries may result in suspension or disqualification.

Winner Selection: Winners will be judged by a panel of diverse judges from within The University of Law, the Co-op, and external organisations.  Entrants will be shortlisted and a shortlist will be presented to the judges to decide on the best essay within each category, and two runners up within each category.  Judges will choose winners based on a combination of essay writing skills, use of independent research and ability to engage our judges with creative content.

Winner Notification: The Winners will be contacted via the email address entered within 48hrs of the announcement, and the Winners will be required to respond to accept the prize and provide details within 7 days of initial contact.  If respondents refuse their prize or fail to respond after this time, new Winners may be contacted.

Prize delivery: In order to facilitate booking and prize fulfilment, entrants may be required to provide personal information.  The delay or refusal of this information may affect the delivery of the prizes.

The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The Promoter may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for this purpose and a prize may be withheld unless and until the Promoter is satisfied with the verification. Entrants may be expected to prove their education status and age to verify they are currently attending school, sixth form or college.

The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it reasonably believes is attempting to fraudulently enter, cheat, or compromise the system either by technical means (e.g. scripting or automation), or manual means (e.g. creation of multiple accounts per entrant), or by plagiarism of submitted work.

No responsibility is accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed or as a result of any network, computer hardware or software failure of any kind. Proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

Entrants agree that personal data shall be collected and processed by the Promoter, stored on the Promoter’s database and used for the administration of its ongoing relationship with participants and in connection with the Promotion.  Entrants may receive marketing communications via email if they have opted in to receive them, and may unsubscribe to these emails.  View the The University of Law Privacy Policy here:–doc-repo/08.-policies/pdf_policies_privacy-policy.pdf

The Promoter cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss or injury suffered by any entrant entering the Promotion or as a result of accepting or participating in any Prize. Nothing shall exclude the Promoter’s liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.

If for any reason the Promotion is not capable of running as planned for reasons including but not limited to tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Promotion, the Promoter reserves the right (subject to any written directions given under applicable law) to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion.

If an act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter and which prevents the Promoter from complying with these terms and conditions the Promoter will not be liable for any failure to perform or delay in performing its obligation.

The winner will be required to participate in any reasonable publicity arising from the Promotion, and their essay may be shared or promoted in part or in full by the Promoter.

The names of winners are available on request by emailing 14 days after Closing date.

By entering this Promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions.

The Promoter’s decisions are binding in all matters relating to this Promotion, and no correspondence shall be entered into.

The Terms and Conditions of this Promotion shall be interpreted and applied on the basis of English Law and the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

Promoter: The University of Law, 2 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8HQ