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Uk Supreme Court Blog Essay Prize

Guardian Law are pleased to support the UKSC Blog's annual essay competition, which is also in conjunction with the supreme court. We're looking for entries of up to 1,000 words in answer to either of the following questions:

1. Judging the constitution: What role should the UK supreme court play in determining the constitutional law of the UK?
2. Rogue justice: Do we need more or fewer dissenting voices in the UKSC?

The competition is open to anyone studying an undergraduate or post-graduate degree at a UK university, and shortlisted entries will be judged by recently retired supreme court justice Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood.

The winner's article will be published on the UKSC Blog and Guardian Law. They will also be given one week's work experience at Olswang LLP, with an opportunity to shadow Hugh Tomlinson QC and visit the Guardian offices, an iPad mini and £250 in cash.

Selected runners up will also have their essays published on the UKSC Blog. Entries should be in a "blog" style and should be emailed to the editors by 5pm on Friday 26th April 2013.

The annual law essay prize for secondary school students has been launched.

The prize is awarded each year for an essay that shows an outstanding understanding of, and ability in, the field of law. The prize is open to students worldwide who are in their final or penultimate year of school. The Lord Toulson Essay Prize in Law is sponsored by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

The 2017 essay question is "Should we repeal the Human Rights Act 1998?" It is intended to give students a chance to engage with important legal debates and explore the kind of issues that they would be exposed to in a Cambridge law degree. Each candidate will be assessed on the ability to think critically about the question and the quality and originality of the argument made.

The winning student will receive £300, with £200 for second place and £100 for third place. The winner and all runners up will be invited to attend an award ceremony at Jesus College in late summer 2017. 

Essays may be up to 1,500 words in length, including any footnotes and headings. You can read more about the essay prize here. The competition closes on 26 April 2017.

Lord Toulson is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was educated at Mill Hill School, London, and at 16, he came to Jesus College to study law. He worked as a barrister for many years, before being appointed as a judge of the High Court in 1996. From 2002 he served as the Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales, and in 2007, was promoted to the Court of Appeal. In 2013, he was appointed to the Supreme Court. He is an Honorary Fellow of the College.

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