If you’re a Diploma student, or an LLB student in your final or penultimate year, this is your chance to win three weeks’ paid work experience in the Scottish Parliament’s Legal Services team as well as a £500 cash prize.

To enter, we want you to blog on the following topic, to be aimed at young voters in Scotland:

We’re looking for an engaging blog post and you can use any medium you choose for this. If you prefer the written word, you can write a traditional blog which may include images and/or relevant video content. Or, if you're keen on telling a story visually, you can create a video blog. Note though that there's no requirement to include video content in your entry. Please also ensure you don't breach any intellectual property rights in any material you use!

What might you get up to during work experience?
What the team at the Parliament have to say about working there...
Birdseye view of Scottish parliament

"In the SPCB team, we advise all teams and offices across the Scottish Parliament, which means our work is very varied and new challenges come along frequently. A normal day in the office can include advising on an art exhibition, software licensing and freedom of information, MSP expenses or an employment matter. I enjoy working as a part of our friendly and knowledgable team and with other colleagues from other professional backgrounds across the organisation."

Heike Stephenson, Solicitor

A wide shot of the Scottish Parliament debating chamber with school children

"Working in the Solicitor's Office at the Scottish Parliament is a unique experience set within the heart of political life in Scotland. The work is topical, challenging and also very rewarding."

Stephen Wright, Solicitor

"I have gained invaluable experience while working in the solicitor’s office in Parliament. Every day brings about a new, topical challenge and the team instantly made me feel at ease, getting me involved with their varied and high-profile workload. I cannot imagine a better place to build practical public law skills in Scotland."

Ruth Foulis, Trainee Solicitor

What's going to make a great entry?

Your entry should be no longer than 750 words, or 3 minutes of audio or video.

 The winner will be picked on the basis of:

  • ability to keep your content relevant
  • 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
Submitting your entry

Submit your entry to DarrenKerr@lawscot.org.uk - if you want to host your blog or video blog online, you can send in a link. Or, if you'd prefer, you can send an attachment. Let us know if you have any technological worries.

Closing date

Friday 19 April 2019 is the deadline for all entries.


Please direct any questions to DarrenKerr@lawscot.org.uk

Student competition winner 2018

This year’s annual student competition run by the Law Society in partnership with the Scottish Parliament invited students to consider the role of committees in the Scottish parliament and take a creative approach to answering the question.