SMB is thrilled to be entering our second year of running the Bernie Simons Essay Competition. First launched in 2020, the competition is based on the principles of our firm’s Founding Partner, Bernie Simons; An outspoken advocate for civil rights and a revolutionary lawyer whose values continue to impact the ethos of our firm to this day.
SMB invites competition essay entries from students who are currently in Years 11-13 and attend a UK state secondary school in the London area. This year, students will be asked to write an essay on one of these three topics relating to personal rights and freedoms:
We received an amazing response last year, from many talented and passionate individuals. This competition is an important opportunity to encourage students to consider the possibility of a career in the law, no matter their background, develop their skills in critical thinking, and elevate the voices of our exceptional youth.
Winners of this competition will receive the exciting opportunity to gain two days’ work experience at our firm offices on the week commencing 25th July 2022. As well as this, they will also receive personal mentoring and have their winning entries published on our website.
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