Bethany Hargreaves who attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form from 2013 to 2015 has been named as a finalist for Future Legal Mind, a legal award run annually by National Accident Helpline. Bethany, who is in her second year at the University of Manchester, is one of a handful of finalists for this national award for UK undergraduate law students which was set up in 2014 to recognise young legal talent.
Bethany is in line for a potential £5,000 prize and work placement at law firm Simpson Millar, after impressing industry judges with an essay on the UK’s civil justice system. Candidates were asked to answer the question: “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?” The winner’s essay will be posted on Lawyer2B.com, and all finalists will receive £250.
Bethany is a keen runner and has taken part in multiple charity events, after honing her craft in the Lancashire countryside. She has also volunteered overseas in countries including Mexico and Thailand. She believes this has developed a “global mindset”, and she wants to make positive contributions to society. She added: “Future Legal Mind is an invaluable opportunity for law students. The legal profession is extremely competitive and FLM provides an extremely important boost to CVs.”
Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline, and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind, said: “It’s hugely important that we foster the next generation of lawyers by encouraging talented individuals and that’s what we aim to do with the Future Legal Mind award. The standard of entries this year has been exceptionally high, giving our legal judging panel lots to discuss. We’ve also received more entries than ever before, so shortlisted candidates should be extremely pleased with their achievement at getting this far.”
To find out the Future Legal Mind 2017 winner on 29th March and for details on how to enter the 2018 award, click here: national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind.