Law School student Syed Adil has been shortlisted in the hotly-contested UK-wide Future Legal Minds competition.
One of only two Scottish finalists, Syed is currently studying dual degree in Scots and English Law, with European Legal Studies, at the University of Aberdeen. He hopes to further pursue a Masters degree and be called to the Scottish and English Bar, developing a career as a cross-border Barrister and utilising his dual-qualifying degree to its full extent.
Run by National Accident Helpline, the competition – which is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK – invited students to submit their thoughts on two topics. These were ‘Now that the UK has officially left the EU, what legal changes would you recommend making over the next 10 years?’ and ‘Is the UK court system fit for purpose and what role should other, alternative forms of dispute resolution play?’.
Syed and nine other law students are now required to send a short recording of why they deserve to be named the winner, to be in with a chance to win £1,500 towards their studies as well as the opportunity to take part in and complete a work experience placement at National Accident Helpline’s law firm, National Accident Law.
Syed said: “With the word limit for the essay at 800 words, this competition was an exercise in concise argumentation and being shortlisted for the Future Legal Mind award has given me confidence in my reasoning abilities and to get my ideas across in the most concise way possible – a skill that every aspiring lawyer should hone.”
Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline said: “We believe it’s crucial for the legal sector to evolve and in a way that inspires the next generation to build their careers in law.”
“Our Future Legal Minds competition allows us to find upcoming legal stars and we’re delighted to reveal the top 10 finalists – we look forward to announcing our winners soon and wish Syed and Farid the best of luck.”
The winners will be announced on 27 June.