LGBT+ Lawyers Division launches its inaugural essay competition

The LGBT+ Lawyers Division is proud to launch its inaugural essay competition.

This year’s title is:

'What remaining legal barriers exist for the LGBT+ community in terms of equality, including any issues with the application of the current law?'

The essay should be no more than 2,000 words. The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2019.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £750 and their essay will be published on the Law Society website. A second, highly commended essay will also be published, with the writer receiving £250.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to GDL and LPC students, GDL and LPC graduates, paralegals, trainee solicitors and solicitors as of 31 March 2019.

How to enter

Download the application form (Word 60kb)

For more information, email

Why should I enter? Hear from committee member Paul Maddock

Since its launch two and half years ago, the Law Society's LGBT+ Lawyers Division (LGBT+LD) has led on a range of fantastic initiatives with the aim of improving LGBT+ diversity and inclusion across the legal profession. On this basis, the LGBT+LD is proud to launch its inaugural essay writing competition.

I believe it is important for the legal profession to continually consider the wide range of issues which impact the LGBT+ community, and what better way to do this than by taking part in the LGBT+LD's essay writing competition?

This is a fantastic opportunity to flex your inner journalistic muscles and put pen to paper to critically analyse an LGBT+ essay topic. Essays are not just for students and the competition is open to solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals, LPC and GDL graduates and LPC and GDL students! We are really looking for new and interesting points of view which will help shape the LGBT+LD's work moving forward.

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