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Essay Competition and Internship Programme

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Essay Competition and Internship Programme

Hedges Law Essay Competition Winter 2017 is now closed.

Hedges Law is proud to run an Essay Competition linked to our Internship programme. The goal of the competition, which is open to 14-18 year olds from schools in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, is to compete for the prize of an exciting internship at Hedges Law.

Whilst detailed legal knowledge is not a pre-requisite for the competitions, the essay questions provide an opportunity for creative and logical argument, research skills, and presenting a persuasive argument in written form.  All of these skills are essential for any aspiring solicitor or barrister, or indeed Judge.

Participants are invited to attend our Prize-Giving event, at which the winners and runners up are announced. Although only the winners are awarded an internship, runners-up are presented with a certificate, and all contestants are encouraged to include their participation in the competition in their personal statements for university applications.

In its Internship programme, Hedges Law goes above and beyond the normal ‘work experience’ model. Interns are given ‘hands on’ tasks under supervision from a solicitor, including helping with case-work, attending Court and contributing to marketing/business development initiatives. Time is taken to explain to each intern the context of and background to work carried out at the firm, as well as to give them ad-hoc careers’ advice.

One of the integral values of Hedges Law to consciously give back. This internship programme meets that objective by giving local students the opportunity to experience the reality of day to day life working in a law firm, and make an informed decision about a future career in the law. Hedges Law hopes to inspire local young people to pursue a glittering legal career path.

In partnership with local schools

We are pleased to have partnered with the following schools:

  • Headington School

  • St Gregory the Great School

  • Didcot Girls’ School

  • Rye St Antony  

  • Abingdon College

  • Cherwell School  

  • Queen Anne’s School

  • Greene’s Tutorial College

  • Magdalen College School

  • Shiplake College

  • Wychwood School 

  • Cheney School

  • Cheltenham College

  • Oxford High School

  • Abingdon School

Winter 2017 competition

The question set for the Winter 2017 competition was: “We will never again, in any future conflict, let those activist, left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave – the men and women of Britain’s armed forces.”     - Theresa May, PM - Under the government's proposals, British soldiers would be exempt from action under European Court of Human Rights law. Would this be a good thing?

The winners and runners up of our Winter 2017 competition were announced at a Prize-Giving ceremony at the prestigious Jesus College on 11 May 2017, with around 55 guests (students, parents and teaching staff) in attendance. The 4 winners were: Jamie Chen, St Edward’s School; Kate Kielty, Headington School; Georgie Dibbo, The Abbey School, Reading, and Alexandra Ellis, St Helen's & St Katherine's School.

Essay Competition Prize Giving 2017