Student competition 2016/17

How would you like to win...

Three weeks' paid work experience in the Scottish Parliament's legal team


£500 cash from the Law Society of Scotland



Question Mark Icon   How do you enter?


Tick Icon   1. Start by pondering the question

How does the rule of law, in the way it is upheld by the Scottish Parliament, have a direct impact upon our lives as citizens of Scotland?

Remember, as a law student, you’ll know what the rule of law is and understand its bearing on Scottish Parliamentary decisions and our society as a whole. You'll associate it with major issues such as poverty, development, corruption or opportunities. But its significance can get lost in legal jargon, meaning 16 or 17 year old voters won’t necessarily understand its importance and how much it affects us all. That's who you're trying to get your message through to.


Tick Icon   2. Pick a format for your entry

You can create either:

- A video of up to three minutes' length: Make sure it's creative and engaging for 16 and 17 year olds, but don't forget that the content has to be spot on.


- An 800-word blog: We're still expecting creativity here, so make sure you make your blog interesting and engaging and don't be afraid to include links, videos and pictures to help tell the story.


Tick Icon   3. Remember what the judges are looking for

The winner will be picked on the basis of:

  • the topic selected and how relevant it is
  • creativity and originality shown
  • depth and accuracy of the topic analysis
  • knowledge of the Scottish Parliament’s work and strategies
  • the ability to break through the legal jargon to convey a clear, simple message that our youngest voters can engage with

Please note, you must be a 3rd, 4th year or fast-track LLB student or Diploma in Professional Legal Practice student to enter.


Tick Icon   4. Follow the instructions for submitting your entry

You will need to submit your entry by logging into the Members' section of our website.

So you'll need to sign up as a student associate to gain access. We'd recommend signing up straight away (it'll take less than five minutes).

Sign up to become a student associate

Once you've completed the sign up form, you'll receive your login credentials within a couple of days.

When you're logged into the Members' section, go to the 'student associate' tab, and in the 'student competition' section you will find the instructions about how to upload your file.

The closing date is 26 February 2017.


Tick Icon   Who are the judges?

Your entry will be judged in 2 rounds:

1. By our legal and media-savvy judging panel, made up of a combination of Law Society of Scotland and Scottish Parliament representatives, who will make sure you've got the content and the creative skills we're looking for. This panel will create a shortlist of entries. 

2. By your target audience: we will show the shortlisted entries to a class of secondary school children. This will be the true test of whether you've got your message across, in a format that appeals to them.


Tick Icon   What's the prize?

The winner will receive:

A three-week paid work experience placement at the Scottish Parliament. This will take place in June 2017, whilst the Parliament is still in session, plus you will have finished your exams and summer semester.

£500 cash prize donated by the Law Society of Scotland

The competition winner will also have their successful project featured in:

  • the Law Society Journal
  • the Law Society’s email newsletter
  • Student blog: they will be invited to write about their submission and then their work experience at the Parliament

Shortlisted entries will also be promoted via the Law Society of Scotland's media channels.


Question Mark Icon   What if I have another question?

Email Olivia Parker at and she'll be happy to help you with your query.