Are you the Law Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching the best universities in the UK to find the outstanding law undergraduate. We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record.

To enter you must:

  • be a penultimate year undergraduate at a UK university.
  • study law.
  • have a minimum of 340 UCAS points, AAB equivalent (excluding general studies).
  • be expecting at least a 2.1.
  • have the right to work in the UK outside of term time.

Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.

Awards ceremony takes place on 24 April 2015 at Canary Wharf, London.

A place on Mayer Brown’s three week Summer Vacation Scheme, including accommodation allowance, plus an Apple iPad.

How do I win?

A place on Mayer Brown’s three week Summer Vacation Scheme, including accommodation allowance, plus an Apple iPad.


It’s not easy to win the Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through.

Stage 1

Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by Mayer Brown.

Stage 2

Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete three online tests designed exclusively by our partners SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include a situational judgement test, OPQ test and an inductive reasoning test. We will then invite 35 candidates to pass through to the next stage after the closing date on 5 February 2015.

Stage 3

The 35 best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage. This will involve an assessment centre including presentation led by Mayer Brown. Mayer Brown will then decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first and second stages.

Stage 4

The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London as special guests of Mayer Brown. The awards take place on 24 April 2015, where the winner will be announced.

photo of trophys

Read more about why last years winner Alexander Hughes thinks you should apply.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown and the Law Undergraduate of the Year

As a leading global law firm, we provide solutions to the increasingly complex global challenges our clients face, drawing on a wide range of legal and commercial experience. To sustain and build on our success we are seeking lawyers who are keen to make a genuine contribution to the future of the business. We begin our search for talent at undergraduate level and by sponsoring this award, we can access a wide pool of talented individuals who want to be part of our successful team.

What makes an award winner?

We are looking for candidates who not only have a consistently strong academic record but who also have a wide range of interests and achievements outside their academic career. Additionally, we would like to see innovative candidates who can demonstrate a drive for results, good verbal and written communication skills, an ability to analyse, good judgement, thoroughness, client focus and excellent interpersonal skills.

Find out more about us and our graduate programmes at: www.mayerbrowngraduates.com

Mayer Brown

Previous winner

Alexander Hughes, LLB (European Legal Studies), University of Southampton

Alexander, Law Undergraduate of the Year

Alexander being presented with the award by Caroline Sarson, graduate recruitment & development manager at Mayer Brown

Alexander regularly participates in mooting and negotiation competitions, notably reaching the Grand Final of the Thomas Finlay International Mooting Competition in Dublin. He has mentored first year law students as well as sixth-form students in the local area. Alex’s academic achievements have been recognised through receiving two law school prizes for his performance in his most recent examinations. He plays rugby at University and his various work experiences have led him to pursue a career in Commercial Law.

Read more about why last years winner Alexander Hughes thinks you should apply.

Apply

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All elements of the competition must be completed by 4 February 2015.

Things to note before you apply:

  1. You may only apply for one award.
  2. Before you begin, make sure you’ve checked the entry criteria.
  3. In order to take the online tests, flash player needs to be up to date. You can complete your application on the following browsers:
    a. Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    b. Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    c. Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    d. Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.
  4. You do not have to complete all sections in one sitting, you can save your progress and return at any point before 4 February 2015.
  5. When answering the bespoke questions you can save your progress on all answers, by clicking the ‘Save’ button at any time. You should save the page at least every 20 minutes in order to avoid being logged out and losing your answers.
  6. If you have any general queries please email undergraduateoftheyear@groupgti.com.

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