Essay Writing Competition

We are pleased to announce our Essay Writing competition is now open to children aged 8-13 years of age.

The judge for the finalists will be Schona Jolly, Queen’s Counsel, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee for England and Wales.

The winner will receive a certificate and feedback from our QC and £150 for their school. All entrants will receive a free copy of the JLC Guide to Essay Writing.

Choose ONE of the following essay titles.
These are all topics we have used in our debates this year. Your answer must be no more than 600 words:

  • ‘Animals have shown such a capacity to think and communicate they should be treated as our equals.’ Discuss
  • ‘Every school should have a dog.’ (Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham) Do you agree with this statement?
  • If in the future scientists could upload your thoughts, memories and feelings to a computer, would that computer be you? Discuss.
  • Should the government penalise people with unhealthy lifestyles? Discuss.
  • ‘The benefits of developing self-learning AI (Artificial Intelligence) outweigh the dangers.’ Discuss.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Your essay must be typed and emailed to
  • Your entry must be no more than 600 words.
  • Your entry must include your name, age and school along with a parent/guardian email address. We will use this email address to send you the JLC Guide to Essay Writing, and notify you if you are selected as a runner-up or the winner.
  • The competition is open to children aged 8-13 years of age (on 1st May 2020).
  • Closing date for the competition is midnight on the 1st May 2020. The winner will be announced by 1st June 2020.
  • The top three finalists will be judged by a QC and the winner who is selected will receive a certificate with feedback from the QC.
  • The winning child’s school will receive £150 to use for books or science equipment.
  • The winner and runners up must agree to publication of their names and entries by The Junior Lawyers’ Club (JLC). After the competition ends we reserve the right to reproduce entries (anonymously) in workshops as examples for children to mark to improve essay writing skills.
  • The JLC accepts no responsibility for lost or delayed entries.
  • Entries cannot be returned.