Are you the Law Undergraduate of the Year?


We are pleased to announce the following finalists for the Law Undergraduate of the Year Award. All 10 finalists of each award are invited to attend the final awards ceremony on 22nd April where the winner will be announced.

Orin Begum | University of Oxford Worcester College | Jurisprudence

Bethany Bowen | University of Oxford St Hugh's College | Jurisprudence (with Law in Europe)

Aisling Cowell | Durham University | LLB Law

Oliver Cross | Cardiff University Law School | Law LLB

Holly Hilbourne-Gollop | Bournemouth University | LLB Law

Oke Omoniyi | University of Sussex | Law LLB

Joachim Piotrowski | King's College London, University of London | Law

Victoria Potts | University of Warwick | European Law

Vanessa Sauls Avolio | Queen Mary, University of London | Law LLB

Amelia Skelding | Durham University | Law

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding law undergraduate. You must be innovative, an excellent communicator and show good judgement.

To enter you must:

  • have the right to work in the UK after graduation.
  • study law.
  • be a penultimate or final year undergraduate at a UK university.
  • have a minimum of 340 UCAS points (AAB at A level and/or equivalent).

What makes an award winner?

We are looking for well-rounded undergraduates who not only have a 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.

Closing date for entries is 28 January 2016.

Awards ceremony takes place on 22 April 2016 at Canary Wharf, London.

How do I win?

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.

Read more about last year's winner Cara Goldthorpe.

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 the Law Undergraduate of the Year award, we can access a wide pool of talented individuals who want to be part of our successful team.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at:

Hear from our 2015 winner, Cara Goldthorpe, in her own words:

Previous winner

Cara Goldthorpe, LLB Law with French Law, University College London

Keen to pursue a career in litigation, Cara has participated extensively in mooting competitions: her greatest achievement winning the London Universities Mooting Shield with the UCL team. She has worked as a paralegal in the Complaints Department at Lloyds Bank (full time during the summer break, part time during the university semester); and in her first year at UCL ran weekly ‘Debate Mate’ sessions for a class of primary school students.

Besides law, Cara enjoys creative writing, and her work explores the human condition. She is also interested in history and other cultures, and is currently on exchange in France.

Read more about last year's winner Cara Goldthorpe.


Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

  • flash player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    • Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by MIDNIGHT on Thursday 28 January 2016.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email on
The 2016 awards are now closed