2024 Robert Walker Essay Competition with £1000 in prizes

Robert Walker Essay Competition with £1000 in prizes

The Robert Walker Essay Competition application call is open for 2024!

This competition has 3 objective: to encourage students with an interest in Law to explore that interest by researching, considering, and developing an argument about a legal topic of importance to modern society. to encourage those interested in Law to apply for a university course in Law; and to recognize the achievements of high-caliber students, from whatever background they may come.

Robert Walker Essay Competition 2024 Details

Trinity College was pleased to launch the Robert Walker Prize for Essays in Law in 2013.

The prize is named after the Rt Hon. The Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe GBS PC (1938–2023), a judicial member of the House of Lords from 2002 and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from its creation in 2009 until his retirement in 2013.

Lord Walker read law at Trinity, and became an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2006. He was a generous and dedicated supporter of Law at Trinity, meeting current and prospective students at College events, judging moots (legal debates) and helping to connect the practice of law with its academic study.

The Essay Question

The question for the 2024 competition is as follows:

What legal issues might arise from prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2008?

Eligibility and rules

The rules for the competition are as set out below:

  • Essays can be of any length up to 2,000 words (including any footnotes).
  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • If there are special reasons why a potential candidate cannot submit an essay online, a request exceptionally to submit in hard copy may be made.
  • No individual student may submit more than one entry into the competition.
  • Candidates may discuss the subject matter of the essay with other students and teachers at their school.
  • Essays will be assessed by reference to a range of factors, including the development of argument, the quality of expression and the appropriate use of supporting facts and material.

    Who can enter the competition?

The competition is open to students in their final or penultimate year of secondary school, except students who have entered the competition in the past.

Essay Competition Entry fee

The essay competition is free to enter.

Robert Walker Essay Competition 2024 Prizes

Entries will be considered in two divisions: a United Kingdom Division and an International Division.

It is anticipated that first prizes of £300 and second prizes of £200 may be awarded in each Division; the prizes may be shared.

It is anticipated that the authors of the ten top-placed essays in each Division will be invited to a Prize Ceremony at Trinity to see the College and to meet the Law Fellows.

The decisions of the judges are final; no correspondence will be entered into. Essays will not be returned, so candidates should keep a copy for their own reference.

Essay Competition Application Guide

Please submit essays using the online form. Please include your name on the document and save the file as “Surname, First name”.

Essay application Deadline

Essays must be submitted by 12 noon (UK time) on Monday 8th of April 2024.

Competition Website

You can check the essay competition website following this link.

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