Stand out from the crowd!
You will stand out from the crowd. You will add credibility and marketability to your profile. And you will win access to the best IT Law event of 2017.
That's why you want to write the essay that wins the SCL Essay Prize 2017. With a range of highly current topics to choose from, you surely cannot resist the temptation to prove that you have that little bit extra. The little extra that will make law firms or other employers bow down before you with the sort of offers that you can only dream about.
It is a situation where circa 2,000 carefully chosen words might change your life for the better. Those chances don't come often. Enter the SCL Essay Prize competition and take the opportunity that beckons
Who can enter
You are eligible to enter this competition if you are a student (undergraduate, taught postgraduate, or research postgraduate) currently registered at an accredited academic institution or legal practitioner training course (e.g. to become a barrister, solicitor or advocate).
You must pick one of the following five titles:
Length of essay
A maximum of 2,500 words of text (and a minimum of 1,500), plus up to 500 words for citations (but not any further descriptive or explanatory material, so no padding your essay with footnotes).
Full competition rules are available appear at the bottom of this page.
The closing date for entries is 17.00 hours on Friday 12th May 2017. We look forward to receiving your entry!
Testimonials from past entrants:
"The SCL Student Essay Prize is an amazing opportunity for all those passionate about IT Law to differentiate themselves and gain a first-hand exposure to the field. By researching and expressing your views on a salient topic that matters to you, you will get the chance to have your essay published and available to a wide array of IT Lawyers. As winner of the prize last year, not only did my essay appear in the SCL's influential Computers & Law magazine, I had the unique opportunity to attend the IFCLA conference, a fantastic two-day event for IT Lawyers from all over the world, gathered to discuss the latest issues stirring up the field. This experience has opened doors for me like I could never have imagined. I highly encourage any student with an interest in tech law to pick up their pens and give this year's essay questions a go".
Lucie Audibert https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucieaudibert
2016 SCL Student Essay Prize Winner and SCL University Ambassador
"I would like to thank SCL for presenting such an amazing platform for students interested in the intersection between technology and law. Through entering the competition and being highly commended for my writing, I was able to contribute to contribute to other publications and receive submissions for my personal blog, become a member of the SCL Media Board, and also write a book review for the SCL website."
Lorraine Chimbga https://www.linkedin.com/in/raiine
2016 SCL Student Essay Prize Runner-up and SCL University Ambassador
SCL Essay 2017 Prize Rules
Your essay must be your original work and not previously published, or submitted for publication, elsewhere. You must have written the essay in the current academic year, and you are welcome to re-use work you have done for your studies. No jointly-authored papers are permitted. You may only submit one entry. Your essay must be in English.
How to submit you essay
You must send your essay as a PDF file by email to The SCL Chief Executive Caroline Gould at [email protected] to be received by 17.00 hours on Friday 12th May 2017. Your covering email must set out your name, mailing address, educational establishment and the course to which you are registered.
Copyright and publicity
You retain copyright ownership in your paper. You agree to your work being compared against electronic sources by automatic means, and other plagiarism checks the SCL considers appropriate. If you win, you grant to the SCL the non-exclusive right to publish the paper, in print and electronically, in SCL publications, and you agree not publish your papers elsewhere before to 1 October 2017. You agree to make any prepublication editorial modifications to the winning entry that are required by the editor of Computers & Law for this purpose.
If you are the winner or your essay is “Highly Commended”, you grant the SCL the right to publish your name, photograph, educational establishment and details of your essays.
The prize is £250 and a free ticket to the SCL Annual Conference on Thursday 8th June 2017, including the drinks reception and Conference dinner, and publication in the SCL’s Computers & Law magazine and on the SCL’s website. (The winner is responsible for their own accommodation and transport.)
The judges may, in their discretion, in addition to declaring a winner, formally award one or more other essays the title ‘Highly Commended’.
How and when will the result be announced
The result of the competition will be announced on 26th May 2017 on the SCL website but, if there are a large number of entries, this deadline may be extended. The prize will be awarded only if, in the opinion of the judges, the standard of entries merits the award.
The judges will be IT lawyers chosen by the SCL. All entries will be anonymised before submission to the judges. The decision of the SCL as to the interpretation of these rules and the awarding of the prize (and as to whether any prize is to be awarded) is final and no correspondence or discussions regarding its decision will be entered into.
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