BPP University Law School duo’s delight as pair reach final of national competition
Two BPP University Law School students have been named as finalists in the 2017 Future Legal Mind Award.
Morris Seifert, 22, and Thomas Stokoe, 24, were two of a handful of finalists for Future Legal Mind 2017, a national award for UK undergraduate law students, set up in 2014 to recognise young legal talent.
Morris (pictured right) and Thomas (pictured left) will both receive a £250 prize after impressing industry judges with their essays on the UK’s civil justice system.
Candidates were asked to answer the question: “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?” The winner’s essay will be posted on Lawyer2B.com, and all finalists will receive £250.
Morris Seifert, who is studying for his Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), said: “I was extremely pleased when I found out. I enjoyed writing the essay and the subject matter was very interesting, so to be shortlisted on top of that was great.”
Morris has previously reached the quarter-finals of the national BPP mooting competition, and has a particular interest in company and medical law. He’s optimistic that his participation in Future Legal Mind will bolster his CV and give him a boost in the competitive legal industry.
Morris added: “Working in law has always been the plan, and I’m aspiring to the Bar. It’s a difficult place to get to, and good academics are important, so something like this, that attests to academic prowess, will undoubtedly be an asset.”
Meanwhile, GDL student Thomas added: “I am very happy that my essay was shortlisted. I found the experience of researching and writing my submission highly interesting and worthwhile.”
Thomas said he also felt that his participation in Future Legal Mind was a valuable stepping stone towards achieving a successful career in law.
He added: “I’m hoping to complete some more work experience in law, and Future Legal Mind will undoubtedly make my CV stand out in applying for increasingly competitive work and training contracts.”
Student Hana Kapadia, 21, was named as the overall winner of this year’s award.
Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline, and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind, said: “It’s hugely important that we foster the next generation of lawyers by encouraging talented individuals, and that’s what we aim to do with the Future Legal Mind award.
“The standard of entries this year has been exceptionally high, giving our legal judging panel lots to discuss.
“We’ve also received more entries than ever before, so shortlisted candidates should be extremely pleased with their achievement.”
To find out more about Future Legal Mind, and for details on how to enter the 2018 award, visit: national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind