SCL Student Tech Law Challenge 2019 - Friday 22 February 2019, London - ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

When: 22/02/2019

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Please Note: the competition is now closed for entries

Hosted by The University of Law

Date: Friday 22 February 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (Registration from 9.30 am)
Venue: The University of Law, 2 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8HQ. Map

Organised by the SCL Junior Lawyers' Group

Sponsored by
Fenwick Elliott LLP

Supported by:
20 Essex Street

Please note: the competition is now closed for entries

What is it?
In teams of two, you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills by living a day in the life of a tech lawyer and competing against other teams. 

Your tasks throughout the day will include negotiating the commercial terms of an IT/Technology Contract and some reactive tasks that will test your legal and business knowledge, commercial decision-making and presentation skills. The tasks will be relevant to legal issues at the forefront of current tech law practice including Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Data Protection and Cyber Security.

Who should enter?

  • If you are studying at any UK university and are interested or curious about technology law or technology businesses.
  • If you’re looking to expand your knowledge, experience and network in the most exciting area of law.
  • If you are searching for graduate opportunities including training contracts, pupillage etc
  • You should be studying or planning to study a LLB, GDL, LPC, BPTC, LLM or other related law course. 

Why should you enter?
This innovative competition will give you a taste of the sort of issues tech lawyers and tech businesses face on a day to day basis. You will get practice at advising your client on a number of legal and commercial issues that go to the heart of the tech industry.

Not only this but it will provide the competitors with the chance to network with some of the brightest and best technology lawyers in the industry.

Don't just take our word for it, here's what Ludwig Hastermann, one half of last years' winning team, has to say about the experience:

"Winning last year’s SCL Student Tech Law Challenge was one of the most impressive experiences during my time in London. This competition gave me an invaluable opportunity to prove and enhance my skillset by negotiating selected aspects of an IT contract as well as guiding a client through a personal data breach scenario. We received detailed feedback on our performance from a senior in-house counsel of one of the largest software companies and a barrister from a top-tier city chamber. Working on the tasks in a team, getting in touch with students and highly dedicated professionals who volunteered to even spend parts of their weekend as judges in this competition was a truly intriguing experience. Therefore I can not only encourage students to take this challenge, but also law firms and tech companies to support this remarkable project."

What can you win?
One week's work placement at Fenwick Elliot – the largest construction and energy law firm in the UK, and gold sponsor of the Techlaw Challenge 2019

One week's work placement with the legal team at Wärtsilä - a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for marine and energy markets.  

Tickets to the SCL Annual Conference 2019.

Further Event FAQs

1. Do I need to be an expert or have any special knowledge?

No, you don’t need to have any particular legal knowledge or experience to take part. Just a willingness to learn and a keen interest in technology law. There will be mentors on hand to offer guidance and tips during the challenge. The challenges will be issued in advance to participants and we encourage you to do some research in advance.

2. Is the event only open to students?

Yes, to ensure a level-playing field for all competitors all entrants should be enrolled as students at the time of the competition.

3. What should I bring with me?

Please bring a laptop or tablet so you can look things up on the day and write up and submit your challenge answers. There will be free wifi available at the venue. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided and there are also supermarkets close by. If you have a special diet, we suggest that you bring lunch with you. 

4. Who are the mentors/judges?

A full list of mentors/judges will be confirmed in due course. If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor or judge for the competition please get in touch with us at

Sponsor the SCL Student Tech Law Challenge

We still have some sponsorship opportunities available so why not join Fenwick Elliott LLP, Wärtsilä, 20 Essex Street and Promontory and support this event. We need your help to make this event the best it can possibly be and your support will mean we can cover the travel expenses of students coming from outside London, provide refreshments to keep the teams full of energy throughout the day and offer some meaningful prizes.

If your organisation would like to get involved we'd love to hear from you! Its a fantastic opportunity to help nurture the next generation of tech lawyers.

Gold sponsor - Participation Package - £2000 + VAT
This package will be used for reimbursing students their travel expenses. We have potential teams from Northern Ireland, Scotland and other areas outside London and sponsorship will help enable those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend to get involved.

SCL Student Tech Law Challenge Supporter's Package - £500 + VAT
The Supporter package will be used for refreshments for the teams throughout the day.

We are still seeking volunteers to be mentors and/or judges. You will be helping guide the teams through the challenges offering support and advice. You'll be fully briefed on the tasks and problems the teams will be tackling beforehand. Whatever level you're working - trainee, senior partner, in-house counsel, barrister - please get in touch!

For more details about sponsorship and mentoring, please email 

Our sponsor and supporters

Gold Sponsor:


Many thanks to Fenwick Elliott LLP for sponsoring this event and to Wärtsilä, 20 Essex Street and Promontory for their generous support of the SCL Student Tech Law Challenge 2019

Our Hosts:

SCL is delighted to be returning to the University of Law Moorgate. The University of Law is the perfect venue for the second annual SCL Student Tech Law Challenge.

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