UCC School of Law’s Schools Essay Competition Open for Entries

14 Sep

We are inviting post-junior certificate students to take part in our essay writing competition

Following on from the success of last year’s Schools Essay Competition, UCC School of Law are once again inviting post-junior certificate students to consider the relevance and impact of law on their lives and society in general.

Last year’s competition saw a record number of entries from across the country. Indeed, such was the exceptional standard of the essays, for the first time in the competition’s history, the judging panel not only nominated a winner in each category, but felt it necessary to highly commend three additional submissions.

This year, we are once again asking students to submit an essay of approximately 1,000 words in length on one of the following topics.

  1. “The gender gap and Irish business.” Discuss
  2. “Brexit will have both positive and negative consequences for Ireland”. Discuss
  3. “Whistle-blowers perform a public service and the law needs to better protect them.” Discuss
  4. “Future generations will apologise for direct provision in the same was that we now apologise for Magdalene Laundries”. Discuss
  5. “The Geneva Convention and the laws of war are irrelevant for soldiers when fighting terrorist groups such as ISIS.” Discuss
  6. “The Citizen’s Assembly shows democratic participation in action”. Discuss

All essays must be submitted by Thursday 30th November 2017, with the winning essays announced in early January 2018.

The winning authors will receive a minimum of €200 in prize money and attend a prize giving ceremony in UCC on Thursday 25th January 2018.

Click the link to download the application form: Law Essay Competition Application Form.

To enter, submit your essay to:

Law Essay Competition,

School of Law,




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