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Law student essayists could win placement in Scottish Parliament

09 October 2013 | tagged News release

Law students are invited to get their thinking caps on to win £500 and a three-week work placement in the Scottish Parliament.

The Law Society of Scotland and Scottish Parliament's annual essay competition is this year open to all LLB students in Scotland and asks 'Which Act of the Scottish Parliament passed in the second year (2012/2013) of Session 4 will have the biggest effect on Scots Law and why?'

This is the fifth year of the competition, which was launched in 2009 to celebrate two important anniversaries - the 60th anniversary of the Law Society and the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.

Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society, said the essay competition has encouraged law students to think about the input solicitors have in shaping the country's laws.

"We have had some excellent entries in previous years and this essay, unlike many of the essays law students are expected to write during their degree course about the technical aspects of law, gives them an opportunity to reflect on the legal profession's role in law making and the impact these laws have."

The winner receives £500, courtesy of the Law Society, and the opportunity to experience how the legal department of the Scottish Parliament works during their three-week placement.

Lynda Towers, Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, said: "We hope this competition will encourage students to explore the various aspects of Scots law and analyse the role of the Scottish Parliament and the impact its laws have on people living in Scotland."

Entries should be no more than 2,000 words and should be emailed in Word to by Friday, 29 November 2013.

The winning essay will be printed in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.


Notes to editors

See the Law Society website for more information about this year's LLB Essay Competition

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884. For the out of hours service please call 0131 226 7411. Email: 

09 October 2013

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