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Commonwealth Law Student Essay Competition

Commonwealth Law Student Essay Competition

2016 will see the launch of our 6th Essay Competition. The competition is open to all students registered on an undergraduate law degree course within a Higher Education Institution in a Commonwealth Nations (see below for the full competition rules).  The competition is not yet open.

The winning entry will also be published in the Newsletter of the Commonwealth Legal Education and may also be published in the journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education.


To be announced


Commonwealth Legal Education Association


1st Prize: £500

2nd Prize: £300

3rd Prize: £200


The closing date will be posted on the CLEA website: and published in the CLEA newsletter.


  1. The competition is open to any of the students on undergraduate degree in law at a Faculty/School of Law or equivalent institution in a Commonwealth country.
  2. Eligibility shall be determined by the essay coordinators whose decision shall be final and conclusive
  3. Students of both full-time and part-time degree programmes are eligible.
  4. All entries must address the topic of this year’s competition and not exceed 2,500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography).
  5. The essay must be an original piece of work free of any plagiarism. No essay should have been previously submitted or shortlisted in any previous essay competition. The essay must not have been be previously published either in full or part.
  6. All entries must be in English and must be presented formally acknowledging sources with footnotes and references in one of the accepted styles such as OSCOLA or Harvard for legal essays and a bibliography.
  7. Entries must be in electronic form as a word document. Footnotes should be placed at the foot of the page, not at the end of the text. Please make sure that the essay can easily be opened as a Word document and does not have any restrictions placed on it in terms of access. The text should be in Ariel 12 font, 1.5 line spacing and the footnotes in subscript.
  8. The entry should have a cover page giving:
    i. The Entrant’s full name
    ii. Postal address and email address
    iii. The course of study and the name and address of the institution
    iv. The word count of the essay (excluding footnotes and bibliography)
  9. The judges will be particularly looking for:
    i. Originality of ideas
    ii. Feasibility of outcomes iii. Depth of research and analysis
    iv. The use of comparative Commonwealth materials
    v. Logical structure
    vi. Literary merit of materials used
    vii. Good presentation
  10. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form and a scanned signed copy of a declaration by the entrant that the essay represents his/her own unaided work. It must also be accompanied by a similar supporting statement by a teacher or administrator of the law school of which an entrant is a student, to the effect that he or she satisfies the criteria for entry. The statement must be stamped with the institution’s stamp.
  11. All entries should be sent by email to the following email address on or before the published closing date to
  12. The closing date will be posted on the CLEA website: and published in the CLEA newsletter.
  13. The entries will be assessed by a team of markers and essay coordinators whose decision will be final and no correspondence in this connection will be entertained.
  14. The Association reserves the right to decline to award any or all prizes in the event of a failure of entries to reach an appropriate standard.
  15. The author of the essay retains the copyright of the respective work, but CLEA reserves the right to print, reprint, and distribute all submitted entries at any time, regardless of whether or not they are prize-winning entries. The credit will be duly attributed to the author of the essay.
  16. £1000 of cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of first, second and third places as follows: 1st Prize: £500  2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize £200.


Further details are available from: the Essay Coordinators:


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