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Environmental Law Competitions Launched

Oct 19, 2009

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Vicki Elcoate

The UK Environmental Law Association has launched a new programme of competitions to encourage budding environmental lawyers.

The aim is to promote environmental law – a growth area within the Law – and to encourage excellence in its study.
Environmental lawyers work in an increasing number of areas from climate change to waste management to nature conservation. And there are careers in environmental consultancy, environmental science and with regulators for non-lawyers.
UKELA’s Chair, Peter Kellett says: “Winning one of the UKELA competitions could give your career a real boost and entering is excellent practice. If you find environmental issues fascinating and are interested in making the law work for a better environment, then these are the competitions for you. I encourage undergraduate and postgraduate students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers to have a go”.
This year sees the launch of the new Simon Ball Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement with prizes donated by Oxford University Press. Simon Ball was a leading environmental lawyer and author who died in his thirties. This will appeal to those who do well in their studies and also get involved in environmental activities outside their place of study.
There is also the Andrew Lees prize for the best 1,000 word article and presentation. Andrew Lees was a leading environmental campaigner who died in Madagascar campaigning against an open cast coal mine.
For those seeking an internship, a bursary scheme provides financial help to cover day-to-day expenses. Work experience is vital in an increasingly competitive jobs market.
And for the lawyers to be there are Mooting competitions sponsored by No 5 Chambers, with other prizes provided by Lawtext publishing and UKELA. The final will be judged by UKELA’s President, Lord Justice Carnwath, next spring.

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