Lechmere Essay Prize

One prize of £500 may be awarded every year for an essay from a member of the Middle Temple on a prescribed topic of not more than 3,000 words.  The word count does not include footnotes, but footnotes should be used for pure reference purposes and not include analysis. 

Submissions will be accepted from members of the Inn who are students or newly Called and looking for pupillage, or currently undertaking pupillage.  Candidates must intend to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Entries must be typed and clearly marked with the entrant’s name and student number.  They must be accompanied by a signed and dated copy of the declaration which is provided with the essay topics.

The Guidance on Plagiarism and Note on Penalties can be found here - please read this carefully.

Essay Topic 2019:

Do events since 23 June 2016 strengthen or weaken the case for the United Kingdom adopting a written, codified Constitution?

All submissions must be made electronically by emailing the completed essay and cover sheet to scholarshipapplications@middletemple.org.uk.  The cover sheet can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.  Please ensure that you put your name on your essay.

The deadline for submissions is 16th August 2019. 

Past Winners

Kavish Shah

Rebecca de Hoest

Thomas Frazer

Natalie Kyneswood
Click here to read her essay.

Kevin Touhey

Yasmin Omotosho

John William Devine