Cambridge Law Essay Competition Winner

On Saturday 25th June, my family and I attended a prize-giving ceremony at Newnham College, Cambridge, where I was presented with the certificate for my winning entry in the Law Essay Competition and a £400 prize.


Upon arrival at Newnham College, prize winners and their guests were shown around the beautiful gardens and College facilities. The College is conveniently situated opposite the Law faculty, and boasts a collection of 90,000 volumes in its award-winning library! Newnham’s founders had very much the same vision as our second Principal Miss Beale, and were also dedicated to playing a crucial role in furthering women’s education in the late 1800s, when a Parliamentary report stated that girls should be taught to become ‘decorative, modest and marriageable’.

The Essay Competition has seven categories – History, Science, Engineering, Philosophy, Woolf, Feminism and Law, and this year they have received the largest ever number of entries since the introduction of the prizes. In the Law category, entries from Wycombe Abbey and Benenden School received commendations, followed by joint second-prizes from Sevenoaks’ School and Mayfield School.

After the ceremony, I had the opportunity to chat with the Admissions Tutor, Dr Sam Lucy, and Principal of the College, Professor Dame Carol Black, which turned out to be an extremely inspirational and motivational conversation. I strongly recommend any aspiring lawyers to take part in this competition. No doubt they will enjoy themselves and benefit from the process as much as I did.

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