Essay Contests

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The CBA’s essay contests can help you build your profile within the legal community, connect with senior members of the bar, and hone your research and writing skills. What’s more, we award $500–$2,500 in cash prizes for the best submissions.

Awards and their requirements include:

Administrative Law — Paul Smith Memorial Award

Air and Space Law — Air and Space Law Section Student Essay Contest

Alternative Dispute Resolution — James L. Thistle, Q.C. Memorial Award 

Business Law — The Business Law Student Essay Contest 

Charities and Not-for-Profit Law — Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Student Essay Contest

Child & Youth Law — Child & Youth Law Section Student Essay Contest

Civil Litigation — Civil Litigation Section Law Student Essay Contest

Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review — James H. Bocking Memorial Award

Constitutional and Human Rights Law — Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section Essay Contest

Construction and Infrastructure Law — The Atrium Law Student Essay Contest

Environmental, Energy and Resources Law — Gowling WLG-David Estrin Prize (sponsored by Gowling WLG)

Health Law — Health Law Student Essay Contest (sponsored by Carbert Waite LLP)

Intellectual Property — Intellectual Property Section Law Student Essay Contest

Labour & Employment Law — Labour and Employment Law Section Student Essay Contest

Real Property — Real Property Law School Essay Contest

Municipal Law Section — Municipal Law Section Student Essay Contest

Privacy and Access Law — Privacy and Access Law Section Student Essay Contest 

Public Sector Lawyers — In the Public Interest Essay Contest

Wills, Estates and Trusts — Wills, Estates and Trusts Section Essay Contest

Women Lawyers Forum — Writing Them In Essay Contest

Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2022 (11:59 pm ET)

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