External contests, prizes and bursaries
Here are posted all external contests and prize opportunities for law students that the SAO receives. These contests can be addressed to either graduate or undergraduate students, or to both.
If you are thinking about the subject of your term essay, remember to look at the contests posted on this page and elsewhere. This may help you decide on a subject and also prove an opportunity to compete in various contests.
Students should succinctly explain their vision to benefit the public interest in the context of a suggested new or improved regulatory instrument or approach in a field of their choice. The student should then describe in detail the specific regulatory instrument or approach that would be used and how it would be implemented according to his/her vision in the selected field. The regulatory instrument or approach should be based on lessons from at least four case-studies. At least two case studies must be used from Global-Regulation database and at least two case-studies must be found from some other source. Students are encouraged to use lessons from different fields, industries, or jurisdictions. 3000 words, in English.Full details can be found at www.global-regulation.com/competition
Value: $1000. Deadline: November 1, 2013.
The 2013 Dalton Camp Award is open to both students and other Canadians. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. A discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay submitted by a post-secondary student or recent graduate. Post-secondary students are eligible for both the main prize and the discretionary prize. For official rules, past winners, and other details, visit www.daltoncampaward.ca
Deadline: November 15, 2013.
Hellenic Scholarships Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of award’s competition of up to twelve (12) scholarships consisting of eleven (11) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students of Hellenic descent. Value: $2,000 each. To apply, see www.hellenicscholarships.org/en/media.html or download the application form [.pdf]
Deadline: November 15, 2013.
The Honourable G.I. Smith Memorial Trust
The G.I. Smith Memorial Trust is pleased to offer the G.I. Smith Memorial Award, a $2,500 bursary for a deserving Nova Scotia law student. This bursary is open to full time law students or articled clerks from Nova Scotia who have begun at least their second year of law school, or their clerkship in this province or elsewhere. This includes second year students, third year students, articled clerks and students engaged in graduate law studies. See the complete description [.pdf], including criteria and how to apply.
Value: $2,500 . Deadline: November 30, 2013.
Bourse de maîtrise de la Fondation Claude Masse 2013-2014
La Fondation Claude Masse offre de nouveau cette année une bourse de 2000$ à un ou une étudiante au niveau de la maîtrise en droit de la consommation. Cette bourse est décernée aux étudiants de deuxième cycle qui se sont démarqués par leur performance académique, leurs réalisations et leur intérêt pour le droit de la consommation. Leurs recherches universitaires doivent notamment traiter d’un sujet en lien avec la consommation. Téléchargez les informations [.doc] sur les critères et comment déposer sa candidature.
Date limite: 2 décembre 2013.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship for studies at Cambridge
The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship covers full University and College fees (i.e. full tuition at the University of Cambridge), and a monthly living allowance, subject to any other awards received by the successful candidate.
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies annually awards two full scholarships for graduate studies in law at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England) to candidates who have been awarded a law degree from a three or four year program at a faculty of law in a Canadian university in the four years before the candidate will commence his or her studies at the University of Cambridge (supported by The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship).
An Applicant must be accepted into the University of Cambridge and a College of the University of Cambridge for graduate studies in law in order to receive this Scholarship, although such acceptance need not be confirmed at the time of the application for the Scholarship nor at the time that the Institute provides the candidate with notice that he or she has been selected to receive the Scholarship.
Deadline: December 31, 2013.
Bourse d'études en langue française de l'Institut canadien d'études juridiques supérieures
La Bourse d'études en langue française de l'Institut canadien d'études juridiques supérieures permet normalement au ou à la récipiendaire d'acquitter l'intégralité des droits de scolarité payables à une université européenne de langue française et comporte une allocation offerte en vue de payer une partie des coûts de subsistance et de déplacement, de et vers l'université européenne, sous réserve de tout autre octroi monétaire que reçoit le ou la bénéficiaire. L'Institut canadien d'études juridiques supérieures déterminera annuellement le montant maximal de la bourse, jusqu'à concurrence de 20 000 $ pour l'année 2014-2015, en tenant compte notamment des droits de scolarité et autres coûts de subsistance et de déplacement que prévoit encourir le ou la récipiendaire.
Date limite: 31 décembre 2013.
The Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law will be awarded to the best paper submitted by a JD or LLB student on a public or private comparative law topic. The winner will receive a modest stipend and an opportunity to present their work at the third annual Younger Comparativists Conference to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The Phanor J. Eder Prize is named in honor of the first president of the American Society of Comparative Law. Read the call for papers [.pdf] for details, submission process, etc.
Deadline: December 31, 2013
North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) Student Paper Competition
The North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) announces its 2014 Student Paper Competition [.pdf]. Submit an unpublished paper either on a topic related to NAFTA, or on comparative North American law (i.e., Canadian v. Mexican law, U.S. v. Mexican law, etc.); for the chance to win paid travel (including hotel and airfare) to the 2014 NACLE Workshop in Vancouver, Canada. Student winners will present their work at the NACLE Workshop and receive the opportunity to engage top international scholars and practitioners from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Papers must be submitted to the NACLE faculty representative (Assistant Dean Aisha Topsakal) on or before January 5, 2014.
Deadline: January 5, 2014.
Call for papers: Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars
Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples
2014 marks an important year for Winnipeg and Canada. In this year, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the general public. Established by Parliament through amendments to the Museums Act on 2008, the CMHR is envisioned as a national and international destination - a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression. Also in this year, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will release its final report, after five years of hearings and research into Canada’s history and legacy of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children through residential schools... Read the complete call for papers [.docx]
Deadline to submit an abstract: 17 January 2014.
Canadian Northern Studies Trust / La Fiduciaire canadienne d’études nordiques - 2014-2015
The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). It was established in 1982 to further the Association’s mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North by offering student awards for exceptional northern-based research. L’objectif de la FCÉN est de contribuer au développement d’un groupe de chercheurs et de scientifiques ayant une expérience nordique et en même temps d’améliorer les possibilités d’études offertes aux résidents du Nord.
Download the poster and description of prizes [.pdf]
For more information, applications and guidelines please visit http://acuns.ca/website/awards/
Date limite: 31 janvier 2014.
North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) student paper competition
The NACLE student paper competition is for students writing a paper dealing with comparative North American law or NAFTA. This competition is an opportunity to win a paid trip to the annual NACLE Workshop each fall. Deadline: mid-May each year. (check the site for exact date).
To McGill Law students: When selecting a topic of supervised research (Term Essay), keep in mind this contest. Each year, a McGill student author of an outstanding research paper will receive a travel grant to present his or her paper at NACLE’s annual conference. The paper topic should engage an issue of common concern to at least two of the three NAFTA countries. In the past papers have discussed such themes as the NAFTA regime, trade law, aboriginal law and environmental law. For more information, contact Professors Evan Fox-Decent or Robert Leckey; see also www.nacle.org.
American Judges Association Essay Contest
The American Judges Association Essay Contest (AJA) is an annual essay competition open to all full-time law students enrolled in and attending an accredited law school in the United States or Canada. The first prize for the contest is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000. First, second, and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with an award certificate. The winning essay will be published in AJA’s journal, Court Review. Deadline: June 1 each year.
CBA Fellowships and Awards
- The Viscount Bennett Fellowship (ABA) are awarded annually to a Canadian student entering a master's degree in law, in order to encourage high standards of legal education, training and ethics. Value: $40,000. Deadline: November 15 each year.
- The David Estrin Award (ABA) is for for papers presented to the NEERLS on a subject directly related to environmental, energy or resources law in Canada. Value: $500 and conference attendance. Deadline: 31 January.
- The James H. Bocking Memorial Award (ABA) is for papers that specifically address competition law and policy issues. Value: A monetary award and conference attendance. Deadline: June 30 each year.
Roger Carter Scholarship Award
The Roger Carter Scholarships [.pdf] provide awards for students of Native Canadian ancestry entering second or third year of law school in Canada. Value: $250. Deadline: 31 July (each year).
Harvey Bell Memorial Prize for Aboriginal Graduates in Law
The Harvey Bell Prize [.pdf] was established in memory of the late Harvey Bell, QC. Each year, it provides one or more awards up to $1,000 to one or more students of Aboriginal Canadian ancestry receiving their LL.B. degree in Canada. Value: $1000. Deadline: 31 July (each year).
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships
Up to three (3) Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Canada for graduate study at Harvard University. The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program was established by Annie Reid Knox who sought to honor her late husband and his lifelong commitment to America. Mrs. Knox expressed the hope that the holders of the Fellowships return to their homes and become leaders in their chosen field once they had gained knowledge and experience from their study away from Canada.
Deadline to apply: 30 November.