London – November 2020
vLex is sponsoring a new writing competition hosted by the Cork Online Law Review (COLR), giving Irish law students the opportunity to submit their best case notes. By sponsoring and working closely with COLR, vLex will be encouraging new legal writers and supporting the development of students’ legal writing skills and their involvement in the legal industry.
To enter the competition, Irish law students will be asked to write and submit their case notes on any judgment within the last two years from the Irish Courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union, or the European Court of Human Rights. By submitting their writing, law students will have the chance to develop their legal writing, learn how to succinctly summarise a single case and perform a critical analysis of the decision. Participating in the competition will also allow students to evaluate their interest in writing for the law review and other legal news forums.
Two cash prizes of €100 will be distributed to the best submission from a first-year student and the best submission from a non-first year student, respectively. Winning case notes will also be published on COLR’s website, which is frequently read by legal practitioners, researchers and academics. Case notes that are particularly noteworthy but were not selected as winners may also be published on their website.
A case note should set out the facts of a case, the decision of the court and the reasoning therewith along with identifying the merits of the decision and analysing its broader implications.
All articles must be cited in line with OSCOLA and be between 1,200 and 2,500 words in length. Submissions should be sent in by December 10th in a Microsoft Word document.
Irish students interested in entering the competition can participate by submitting their case notes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Run by students, but peer-reviewed by the faculty of law at University College Cork, the Cork Online Law Review is Ireland’s leading online law review. This year marks COLR’s 20th anniversary edition.
To celebrate this milestone they have just designed and launched a brand new website and logo. For this very special edition, COLR will be publishing their legal articles on a rolling basis throughout the year, a notable break from the traditional singular edition. They have also recently introduced a pioneering new section named ‘The Roundtable.’ A dynamic forum for incisive legal commentary and analysis, this section considers shorter, less formal blog pieces on law, policy and the legal system. Finally, they are running an innovative case notes competition with cash prizes sponsored by vLex Justis, an excellent way for aspiring lawyers to improve their legal writing and research skills.
The Cork Online Law Review is now accepting legal articles, Roundtable Blogs and case notes for this special edition. More information can be found at www.corkonlinelawreview.com.