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The Lord Toulson Essay Prize in Law

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The 2018/19 Jesus College Essay Prizes are now open!

The Lord Toulson Essay Prize in Law, in honour of the late Lord Roger Toulson, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, is sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. It is intended to give students a chance to engage with important legal debates and to explore the kind of issues that they would be exposed to in a Cambridge law degree. Each candidate is assessed on their ability to think critically about the question and on the quality and originality of the argument made.

The prize is open to students worldwide who are in their final or penultimate year of school. The next prize will be awarded at a ceremony to be held at Jesus College in summer 2019.

First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200
Third Prize: £100
These prizes can be shared, at the discretion of the Law Fellows.

Up to ten candidates may also receive an Honourable Mention certificate and be invited to the prize ceremony at Jesus College.

The 2019 topic is "'If A's unlawful conduct causes B to suffer a loss, A should be liable to pay B compensation to make good the entirety of B's loss, whatever the type of loss, whatever its extent'. Do you agree?"

Essays may be up to 1,500 words in length, including any footnotes and headings.

Candidates may discuss the subject matter of the essay with other students and teachers at their school; however, the formulation of the argument and the writing of the essay must be the work of the student alone.

Entries should be sent via email to and should include the completed cover page as a single document. Please name the file with “TEP2019 [Surname_FirstName]“.

Deadline: 29 April 2019. Late entries will not be considered.

For more information, visit the website.

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