The Foundation and LawWorks are now inviting law students to enter their fifth annual competition, by submitting an article between 750 and 1000 words.
The article should be aimed at the legal profession, as the winning entry will be published (last year’s was published in the New Law Journal). In addition to discussing existing and potential pro bono education the writer may, for example, wish to discuss the implications of any proposed pro bono education on the wider profession as well as any possible effects an improvement in pro bono education might have in relation to the ongoing cuts in government funding of legal aid and free legal advice.
The winner will receive the Access to Justice Foundation Student Prize, which will be presented by HM Attorney General at the student awards at the House of Commons in April 2014.
Please submit your article in Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 5pm on Monday 24 February. Undergraduate and postgraduate law students may apply, including LPC, BPTC and CILEx students. The competition will be judged by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation chaired by former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC.
The Access to Justice Foundation receives funds from Pro Bono Costs, introduced in October 2008 by Section 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007 and works with a matrix of Legal Support Trusts to raise funds for pro bono work. In 2011 the Foundation launched the It’s Not Just Peanuts Campaign, aimed at releasing dormant client account funds to support its work.
For more information about the Access to Justice Foundation visit www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk and LawWorks visit www.lawworks.org.uk