Article Writing Competition by NLU Odisha: Submit by May 10

About the Organisations

ProBono India is India’s first platform that started in 2016 and which focuses on highlighting all legal aid and awareness activities around the world on one platform. It is a platform which provides free legal aid service to serve the needs of people.

The Society of Law and Literature, National Law University Odisha, Cuttack was established in the year 2020. The objectives of the Society are to create an atmosphere where literature is to be read and promoted through artwork, theatre, article writing, article/book review, film making, street play and the analysis of the literary aspect of judgments, to publish a cumulative research paper inclusive of new findings and the emerging topics by bridging the gap between literature and law and to create a forum where literary activities can be conducted and promoted.

About the Competition

The Society of Law and Literature, National Law University Odisha, Cuttack is pleased to announce its first collaboration with ProBono India with regards to the Article Writing Competition on the tentative theme “Teaching of Legal Language in Indian Law Schools needs Urgent Attention”.

The objective of the Competition

As we all know, the law is a complex subject, especially for laymen. Efforts are being made to simplify the same for the benefit of the larger public. Many a time it becomes difficult to understand the legal language because of the usage of legal jargon which is derived from Latin, French and English languages and which are in use for decades.

The Law Curriculum covers a subject on Legal Language in the very first year of study in a law school. This subject is of utmost importance to understand the law and its intricacies but we have observed that this subject is not very well received by students in most law schools.

Most of the time it is left to the students to study on their own which leads to difficulty in understanding various law subjects while subsequent study, as well as, in practice. This situation needs urgent attention and we can come up with some feasible solutions. The main objective of this competition is to discuss and deliberate the challenges faced by legal education in the linguistic aspect.

Submission Guidelines

  • Students of Five/Three Years’ law, LL.M., M Phil, PhD can participate in the said competition. Only one co-author is allowed.
  • The word limit for an article should be between 1200 to 1500 words.
  • Font type should be Times New Roman, Heading size is 14, Text size is 12, Spacing is 1.5, Footnote is size 10, and no spacing is allowed.
  • All references are to be mentioned in the footnote and using OSCOLA referencing style only. Any plagiarised article will be outrightly rejected.
  • The cover page must contain Name, Affiliation, Mobile Number, and E-mail ID.
  • The article is to be submitted to sll[at] marking a cc to[at] by May 10, 2020.
  • The result will be declared on May 31, 2020.
  • 10 best articles will be compiled and published on the website of National Law University, Odisha and ProBono India. 3 of the best articles will be given a certificate of merit and all participants will get a certificate of participation.

Contact Details

Mukesh Kumar is the convenor of the Society of Law and Literature (8077806022)
Aayush Akar is co-convenor of the Society of Law and Literature (7014286027)

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