Competition Info



Considering career options as a student can be daunting. This competition is designed to give students in year 12 or equivalent an interactive and fun understanding of the varied tasks required of a Solicitor. Not only will participating in this competition be informative, fun and a great experience, it will also demonstrate to future educational institutions and employers that you mean business (well, law!). Once your teacher has registered the school, you will receive login details to the Student Portal where you can access the initial rounds of the competition.


Get registered

Once your teacher has registered your school, they will be able to provide you with login details to register as a student. There is no limit as to how many students register from one school.


Teams assigned

After the registration deadline (18 December 2018) we will assign teams of between 2 – 4 students from the same school. You will be able to make changes to these teams if you so wish at a later date.


Live legal webinar

Obviously we don’t expect students to know the law. However, to provide as much background knowledge as possible, this 30 minute webinar, hosted by Kingsley Napley trainees, will provide some legal tips of the trade that might help participants complete the first task. 

Don’t have time for a webinar? Do not worry. You will be able  to download the video of the webinar from the Student Portal after it has taken place .

Live Webinar will take place on 6 February 2019.

Let the games begin!


Heat 1: Identifying legal issues - Scenario based task

Students will be provided with a fictional scenario based on a school muck up day gone awry. The teams will be asked to analyse the facts set out in the scenario and identify a variety of legal issues. They will also have to apply the legal knowledge they have gained from the factsheets and webinar to answer a series of questions.

This task goes live on 31 January 2019. The deadline is 15 February 2019.


Heat 2: Interviewing a witness & drafting a statement

The second task is designed to test students on their ability to interview a witness. We will assess the students’ client care and communication skills, as well as their ability to extract key information from a witness. They will then have to use this information to draft a brief witness statement to support their client’s case.

Held between 25 February 2019 and 7 March 2019.


Heat 3: Pitching for a client

In the final heat, students will be asked to prepare a short presentation which would persuade a potential client to instruct them. Solicitors routinely have to pitch for work in the extremely competitive legal market. The students must use their presentation and interpersonal skills to stand out from the crowd and show the ‘client’ why they are the best solicitors to take their case on.

This task goes live on 14 March 2019. The deadline is 3 April 2019.



Feedback provided and finalists announced.

Feedback provided and finalists announced on 10 May 2019.


The live final at News UK

Four teams will be selected to participate in the final in front of an audience of up to 200 of their peers. The travel and accommodation for the final teams will be provided for finalists based outside of London.

The live final will be held on 19 June 2019.

Why enter?

  • The Legal Apprentice provides real insight into the types of tasks solicitors undertake as part of their daily routine.
  • Teachers and students will be eligible to win a range of prizes (read more in Prize Pool)
  • All students that enter will be invited to attend and watch the live final at News UK, where they can also hear from leading lawyers and speak to some of Kingsley Napley’s trainee solicitors.
  • Entering a competition such as this will add weight to any student’s CV or university application.
  • All schools that enter will receive a participation logo for their website.

What you need to know

  • The Legal Apprentice is free to enter.
  • Kingsley Napley will provide basic legal background to support school students to prepare their answers.
  • All students who enter will be invited to attend the live final at News UK.
  • Finalists’ travel and accommodation costs (for those based outside of London) will be covered by Kingsley Napley.

Prize Pool

  • All students comprising the winning team will receive £500 each and will be offered the opportunity to be interviewed by Kingsley Napley for the ultimate prize of winning a legal apprenticeship.
  • The student in second place (following the interview mentioned above) will receive a paid three month internship at Kingsley Napley LLP.
  • Remaining students from the winning team will receive one week of work experience at Kingsley Napley.
  • The winning team’s school will receive £5000 to put towards any technical advancement of their choice.
  • Runners up will receive £200 each.
  • The teacher who encourages the most students to enter will receive £100 Amazon voucher.
  • Full coverage of the live final will be featured in The Times.
  • Schools who enter will receive a website banner promoting their participation. Those whose students reach the final will receive “finalist” website banners and trophies.
  • All finalists will receive certificates.

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