Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition

Interested in honing your writing skills and enhancing your CV achievements? If yes, then enter the Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay competition. This is an annual event aimed at developing and fostering an interest in law reform in pupils, law students, CPE/GDL students, BPTC students and those aiming for a career at the Bar.

The competition is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and offers prizes of:

  • £4,000 for the winner
  • £2,500 for the runner up
  • £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL entry
  • £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
  • 2 x £500 highly commended awards.

To enter, submit an essay of  no more than 3000 words which identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful.

For further details on applying, go to the Bar Council website and read examples of previous winning essays.

Deadline for applications is by email, no later than 17.00 on Friday 29 September 2017. For further questions, please contact

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Phoebe Whitlock wins First Prize in Bar Council Law Reform essay competition

Her winning entry in the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) category explored software patent reform.

•by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Phoebe Whitlock, a 2016 graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course in The City Law School, has won First prize in the GDL category of the Bar Council's Law Reform Essay Competition.

She submitted the essay, Rivalling Silicon Valley: The case for the reform of Software Patents.

Prince of Wales scholar

Phoebe studied for the GDL qualification following the successful completion of her undergraduate degree in Politics.

This year she is studying on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) as a Prince of Wales scholar and an Advocacy scholar. She is also editor of the Gray's Inn Student Law Journal and Student Director of Streetlaw Enterprise.

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