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Aspiring Barristers runs two seasonal essay competitions each year taking place during the Spring and Winter months and provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring student barristers to enhance, refine and put to the test, their written advocacy skills.

Entries must be written in accordance with the relevant rules applicable which can be found here. The relevant Cover Page must also be attached to each entry.

The winning essay and runner-up essay will be decided by Aspiring Barristers' Judging Panel, comprising of practising Barristers, QCs and/or Judges. A 'highly commendable' essay will also be recognised by the Panel.

The deadline to submit an entry for Aspiring Barristers' Winter Essay Competition is midnight on Tuesday 28th February 2023.

Candidates can submit their essay entry by emailing and are asked to  include ‘Winter Essay Competition Entry’ as the email subject line.

Candidates are kindly asked to ensure their essay entry is pdf formatted.

Participation in the Essay Competitions are open to both Aspiring Barristers Members and non-Members. 

The essay question candidates are to answer for the Winter 2023 Essay Competition is as follows: '
Is an independent properly funded Bar worth fighting for?'