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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.

National Scholarship for Black Law Students

Dentons’ renewable Scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2014 to a Black law student pursuing a LL.B. or J.D. degree program at
a Canadian law school. For more info on eligibility and selection criteria, visit the BBPA Website.

For more information please consult the following documentation:

Value: $5000.
Deadline: 4 p.m. EST on May 30, 2014

BBPA NSF 2014 Scholarship

To be considered for a Scholarship, Applicants must be:

  • from the Black (African-Canadian/African Caribbean/African American) Community
  • enrolled or accepted for enrolment as full-time students in the academic year 2014-2015 (the “Activity Year”) at an accredited post-secondary institution,
  • Canadian citizens or have permanent-resident status in Canada;
  • a maximum of 30 years of age at the start of the 2014-15 academic year, and
  • must certify that all the information provided on the Program application form (“Application”) and in all the accompanying documents is true, accurate and complete to the best of their knowledge.

For the seletion criteria click here.

Complete hardcopy applications should be mailed or otherwise delivered to the National Scholarship Fund, c/o The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), 675 King Street West, Suite 210, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1M9. Ph: 416-504-4097 Fax 416-504-7343. bbpascholarships [at] bellnet [dot] ca (Email). The Black Business Professional Association website.

Value: The BBPA National Scholarship Fund is entrusted with administering scholarships valued at over $200,000 per year. The terms and conditions are part of their ‘good governance’ policy.
Deadline: May 30, 2014

Stephen Bronfman Scholarship Fund in Environmental Studies (1 undergrad award, 1 graduate studies award)

The 2 one-time environmental scholarships awarded annually for environmental studies. First, a $2500 for first-year undergraduate studies, going entirely to offset tuition fees, to encourage students pursuing environmental studies. Second, $7500 for second-year graduate studies to help enrich environmental research of any Quebec legal resident’s second year Masters or PhD students in a recognized environmental graduate program anywhere in the world. See Stephen Bronfman Scholarship Fund in Environmental Studies (JCS: Scholarships & Grants).

Deadline: May 31, 2014.

IBA Law Students' Committee Essay Competition 2014

The competition is free to enter and is open to all members of the IBA Law Students' Committee; to apply for membership, please visit www.ibanet.org/Join_the_IBA/Why_join_the_IBA.aspx

Learn more about the IBA and the IBA Law Students' Committee

Members are asked to answer the following question: Providing relevant examples, analyse why states comply with international law.

The winning prize is a trip to Tokyo to attend the IBA Annual Conference in October 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been announced as the keynote speaker for the event. The runner-up will be awarded with a book voucher worth £500. A selection of the top entries may also be published in the IBA Law Students' Committee Newsletter and other IBA publications. Papers must be submitted by 5pm GMT on Friday, 20 June 2014.

See full details about the Competition. All correspondence regarding the Essay Competition should be directed to essaycompetition [at] int-bar [dot] org.


Canadian Tax Foundation 2013-2013 Student Paper Prize

Each year, the Canadian Tax Foundation offers a number of prizes to meritorious students across the country. This is a unique opportunity to recognize students for their outstanding research papers in the area of taxation and to foster their continued interest in this field. We are writing to request that you forward this message to appropriate faculty members who may wish to nominate one or more of their students for a Canadian Tax Foundation Student Paper Prize. Please note that the deadline for nominations for the Foundation’s student paper prizes is June 30, 2014. Please see below for submission information and nomination criteria.

Prizes are awarded on a regional basis (Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada). One successful candidate in each region receives a $2,000 cash prize from our regional sponsors: the Bert W. Nitikman Foundation (Western Canada), Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Ontario), Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Quebec), and McInnes Cooper (Atlantic Canada). Papers are reviewed by experienced tax practitioners from each of the sponsoring organizations.

In addition to the monetary award, each successful author’s abstract (of 400 words or less) will be published in the Canadian Tax Journal. Successful authors will also receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Foundation, entitling them to complimentary copies of many of the currently issued Foundation publications, including the Canadian Tax Journal, Canadian Tax Highlights, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Canadian Tax Focus, The Arnold Report, and the Annual Tax Conference Report, along with a complimentary one-year subscription to TaxFind online, our electronic research database. As members of the Foundation, winners can also take advantage of generous discounts on other publications as well as discounted registration fees for Foundation conferences and courses.

The nomination criteria are as follows: 

  1. The paper must be written as a requirement of a tax-related course, including a directed research course, at a Canadian university. The paper may address any aspect of the Canadian tax system, including comparative analysis, tax policy, tax planning, compliance, or any other tax-related matter.
  2. The paper may be written in either official language.
  3. Instructors may only nominate candidates enrolled in their own courses for the current academic year (2013-2014).

 Submissions should be sent by email to lbarrett [at] ctf [dot] ca. The following contact information sheet must be completed and included with each submission: ctf_paper_prize_application_form.docx


Bay Street

Out On Bay Street is committed to recognizing excellence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) student community across Canada as an opportunity to help students excel in their career. To support this commitment, Out On Bay Street has introduced our new Scholarship Awards. With the purpose of celebrating their leadership and accomplishments, the candidates are highlighted as role-models for Out On Bay Street’s student network.

The prospective 2014 Awards are available to LGBTQ students which include; but are not limited to, students in:

  • A public or private institution for a post-secondary program
  • A graduate, post-graduate or other accredited degree program

Such recipients have:

  • Exemplified leadership in the LGBTQ community
  • Demonstrated the ability to be personally and academically successful

To view the Bilingual Brochure click here.
For complete details on the Scholarship Awards please visit the Out on Bay Street Website.

If you have questions, please contact Awards Chair, Michelle [dot] Cherny [at] outonbayst [dot] org (Michelle Cherny).

Value: 2 awards will be awarded at $2,500 each.
Deadline: July 18th, 2014.

PEI Law Society/Law Foundation Scholarships

Applicant must be ordinarily resident in Prince Edward Island; enrolled as a full time law student at an accredited University Law School for the academic year 2014-2015; have demonstrated financial need; and have demonstrated scholastic achievement in the previous year of study. See application form and eligibility criteria [.pdf].

Value: 2000$.
Deadline: July 31.

Daphne Dumont Scholarship

Applicant must be a member of the CBA as of July 31, 2014; ordinarily resident in Prince Edward Island; enrolled as a full time law student at an accredited University Law School for the 2014-2015 academic year; have demonstrated scholastic achievement in the previous year of study; and have demonstrated commitment to and be an active volunteer in his or her community. See application form and eligibility criteria [.pdf].

Value: 500$.
Deadline: July 31.

Barrett Tax Law Announces Scholarship

A scholarship is being made available to any resident of Canada except those resident in Quebec.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited law school in Canada or the United States.

Rules, Regulations and Fine-Print:

  • The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school in Canada or the United States, and must provide proof thereof upon request.
  • The applicant must complete an essay of a maximum of 2 pages double-spaced, outlining whey they should receive the scholarship.  
  • The recipient of the York Region scholarship must provide proof of residency upon request.
  • The scholarship funds shall be paid directly to the law school on account of the recipient’s tuition.
  • Applications must be postmarked by August 1, 2014.
  • Applications and materials included with applications shall not be returned to the applicant
  • The recipients of the scholarships shall be determined by Barrett Tax Law on the first of October, 2014.
  • The recipients shall be notified by telephone within 24 hours of the decision.
  • The decision shall be final and binding.
  • Barrett Tax Law may use the name, photo, or likeness of the scholarship recipient in its publicity / marketing materials.
  • The applications must be made in writing only at the address below.  Email and fax submissions will not be considered.

For more information click here.

Value: $2,500
Deadline: All applications must be postmarked August 1, 2014

2014 SIEL/CUP Essay Prize

A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law and Cambridge University Press for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law. The competition is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students of any university or other tertiary education institution, and those who have graduated from a university or other tertiary education institution no earlier than five years before the submission deadline (ie those who graduated prior to 30 September 2009 are not eligible for the 2014 Prize). The essay must not have been previously published. See 2014 SIEL/CUP Essay Prize page for further details.

Value: £200, as well as £300 of Cambridge University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the World Trade Review.
Deadline: 30 September 2014.

Recurring contests

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.

Information: www.frankknox.harvard.edu/

Deadline to apply: 30 November.

Bridgat Scholarships

Open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited institution in the United States and Canada.
The Scholarships are merit-based and four individuals will be designated each year and awarded a one-time scholarship of up to US$6,500. Major selection criteria includes academic performance and demonstrated leadership in cross cultural activities.
The application for 2014 Bridgat Scholarship begins on October 1, 2014.

For more information about our program and application form, click here or contact scholarships [at] bridgat [dot] com (Ms. Susan Wang).
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2014.