This year’s title is:

“How can technology be used to increase gender and ethnic diversity in the legal workplace?”

The essay should be no more than 1,000 words. The closing date for submissions is 6 March 2020.

The winner will receive a £100 cash prize, a place at the annual Women in the Law UK conference in November and the opportunity for work experience or mentoring. Their essay will also be published on the Women in the Law UK website. The author of a second, highly commended entry will receive a £50 gift voucher and a free place at the Women in the Law UK annual conference.


Who can enter?

The competition is open to UK students seeking to enter the legal profession, including undergraduates (who do not have to be studying law) and LPC students, and to trainees aged 23 or younger on 6 March 2020.

All entries should include details of the entrant’s date of birth and educational institution.

We especially welcome essays from students from state-schooled students and those whose backgrounds are not traditionally fully represented in the legal profession.

Women in the Law’s work focuses on bridging the gender, ethnicity and socio economic gaps in at all levels of the legal profession.


How to enter

Email your essay as a word document to

Subject matter: Essay competition.

Original work only.

Thank you.