Announcement of a new Irish Legal History Society Student Essay Competition


Undergraduates and postgraduates are invited to submit essays on any period of Irish legal history to compete for the inaugural Irish Legal History Society Student Essay Competition.

Founded in 1988, the Society examines, explores and engages with all issues relating to legal history on the island of Ireland, from earliest times to the present day, including the work of Irish lawyers abroad. Its mission is to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of Irish law. To further this work and to recognise and reward the work of students during the ‘Decade of Centenaries’, the Society is holding a student essay competition for works in the field of Irish legal history broadly conceived.

Prize: The winning entrant will receive a prize of €250.

Eligibility: The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Essays must be written in English and be the work of students who are enrolled in a third level institution in Ireland or abroad, or within one year expiration of that enrollment.

Essay/Submission Details: Essays must be no longer than 5,000 words (including all references). All entries must use an accepted referencing style (such as APA, Harvard, Oscola), be typed, double-spaced, and include an abstract of approximately 100 words. Entries should be submitted, in Word or PDF format, via email by the student or their lecturer/professor (including the student in the email submission). In the email, please include: name, institutional affiliation, degree programme (please specify if undergraduate or postgraduate), and enrollment particulars.

Judging: Entries will be judged by the essay competition committee, assessed according to level and judged on the criteria:
1) relevance of content to Irish legal history;
2) makes a contribution to the knowledge base;
3) clarity of organisation and argument;
4) use of the literature, and
5) writing style/quality.

Deadline: Essays should be received no later than 31st May 2022.

Results: Results will be announced no later than 31st July 2022.

Please email essay submissions to:
Dr Lynsey Black, Department of Law, Maynooth University –