For more information on essay criteria and entry submission, revisit this page on 25 November 2021.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the ILBF will launch its first essay competition on 25 November 2021, open to all undergraduate law students in the UK.

The ILBF Law Student Essay Competition is an opportunity for all those currently studying law at a UK university as an undergraduate to think about how the practice of law will be transformed over the next decade, engage with legal practitioners, and have the chance to win an exciting prize. The essay topic is:

Looking back from 2030 what should we do now to transform the legal profession (including by the use of machine learning technology) to ensure access to justice for all and that the profession is as diverse as the communities and businesses it serves.

Max word limit: 2000

Key dates

  • 25 November 2021: Launch of competition by The Rt Hon. the Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales through live video link (to be provided at a later date)
  • 1 December 2021 5pm-6pm: Online Q&A with competition judging team through live video link
  • 28 February 2022 4pm: Deadline for submissions
  • 31 March 2022 4pm: Announcement of winner by Lord Thomas and Prof. Susskind



  • Week long internship in 2022 at international law firm Brown Rudnick’s London office with up to £500 travel expenses
  • Publication of the winning essay in the IBA Litigation Committee newsletter in May 2022
  • Publication of the winning essay on the websites of ILBF and Brown Rudnick


  • Publication of the essays of the 2 runners-up on the websites of ILBF and Brown Rudnick

Competition Judges

  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Patron of and driving force behind the ILBF
  • Prof. Richard Susskind OBE, world renowned author of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” and President of the Society of Computers and Law

Competition Judging Team

  • Katrina Crossley, CEO of the ILBF
  • Paul Lowenstein, QC and Chairman of the ILBF Board of Trustees
  • Maryann McMahon, Morgan Stanley and ILBF Trustee
  • Jane Colston, Brown Rudnick and ILBF Trustee
  • Ellen Lake, Clifford Chance and ILBF Operating Committee
  • Yasmin Hassan, Edmonds Marshall McMahon
  • Chiara Iorizzo, McDermott Will & Emery
  • James Yang, KCL Law Society

The ILBF supports the rule of law and access to justice for all through sharing legal knowledge. Since our foundation over 15 years ago, we have distributed more than 70,000 legal textbooks to over 200 organisations in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. Our books support law students, teachers, lawyers and judges. For more information on how we make a difference, see: ILBF 15th Anniversary Film 2020.