CBA Health Law Student Essay Contest

cw-logo-RGB-jpg-(00239566xD2D44)-(002)-NOW-(2).jpgThe CBA Health Law Section has established a law student essay contest related to general topics in Canadian health law. The objectives of the competition are to promote and reward interest in health law topics in Canadian law schools and to promote participation by law students in the Section. The contest is sponsored by Carbert Waite LLP.


The award is presented annually for the best English or French scholarly paper received by the submission date on a subject relating to Canadian health law, by an individual who is a full-time student currently enrolled in a JD or LLB program at a Canadian law school. This includes National Committee on Accreditation candidates enrolled at a Canadian law school. Current articling students in Canada and candidates in the Law Practice Program are also eligible as long as they are not called to the Bar.


  • Papers must be at least 12 pages and no more than 30 pages in length, including references.
  • Papers must be double spaced using Times New Roman, font size 12.
  • Papers must address a theme of significance in Canadian health law or justice, public policy or public affairs related to same.
  • Papers must be appropriately referenced; all referencing methods in the legal field will be accepted.
  • Papers may be written in English or French.
  • Papers must be researched and written by one author. Papers must be the author’s own original, unpublished work.
  • Papers that are submitted for a law school course are eligible.
  • The author’s name and identifying information must not appear on the paper itself.
  • Additional formatting requirements.


May 2

Any entries received after the deadline will not be considered.


Submissions must not infringe the intellectual property rights of others, and must not plagiarize another’s work. Plagiarism is deliberately presenting the ideas, expression of ideas, or work of others as one’s own. Plagiarism includes reproducing or paraphrasing portions of someone else’s published or unpublished material, regardless of the source, and presenting these as one’s own without proper citation or reference to the original source. The CBA reserves the right to assess all submissions for content that potentially infringes on or plagiarizes the work of another, and will disqualify any candidate that submits such content.


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  • Papers will be evaluated by a jury of 3-5 members appointed by the CBA Heath Law Section Executive. Papers will be reviewed for quality of content, impact and readability.
  • Papers will be rejected if they fail to adhere to any of the submission guidelines.
  • All submissions will be acknowledged and all candidates will receive notification of contest results.


  • During the Section’s biennial PD conference, the award consists of a cash prize of $1,500 sponsored by Carbert Waite LLP, a complimentary registration to the PD conference (valued at up to $355.00), the presentation of an award certificate at the PD conference, and posting of the winner’s paper on the CBA Health Law Section webpage.
  • During the Section’s non-conference year, the award consists of a cash prize of $1,500 sponsored by Carbert Waite LLP, an award certificate (both of which will be mailed to the winner), and posting of the winner’s paper on the CBA Health Law Section webpage.