About the Competition
The subject of law reform has a continuing and dynamic bearing upon the development
of jurisprudence and the just application of the legal system.
The Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council is concerned to demonstrate the
importance of, and to foster an interest in, law reform and to that end is promoting this
prize essay competition.
The competition is open to pupils, students studying for a qualifying law degree or
approved Graduate Diploma in Law course, Bar Professional Training Course students in
England & Wales and those aiming for a career at the Bar.
Entrants are invited to submit an essay of not more than 3,000 words (excluding references and footnotes) which identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful.
Please include the title of your essay but do not write your name anywhere on your essay. Essays are anonymised for marking.
£4,000 – Winner
£2,500 – Runner up
£1,500 – Best GDL entry
£1,000 – Runner up GDL entry
2 x £500 – Highly commended prizes
Submission Rules and Application Form
- Essays should identify and make the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and
- Essays must be about a reform to English, Welsh or European law.
- Essays must be of no more than 3000 words (excluding references and footnotes), typed and in double line spacing.
- Essays should be submitted by email to LawReform@BarCouncil.org.uk and should include a word count.
- Please include the title of your essay but do not write your name anywhere on your essay. Essays are anonymised for marking.
- The essay must be the sole creation and original work of the entrant.
- No person may submit more than one essay for each annual competition.
- For application form, click here.
The deadline for the receipt of entries is 17:00 on Friday 28 September 2018 to
LawReform@BarCouncil.org.uk. Please note that late entries will not be accepted.
For More Information, visit the official site by clicking here.
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