National Law School of India University

The Student Bar Review and Law Student In National Essay Competition

National Law School of India University


National Law School of India University

The Student Bar Review and Law Student In National Essay Competition

The Student Bar Review is a publication of the Student Advocate Committeeof the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) ? widely regarded as the country?s premier law college. It is the flagship journal of the University, and has been published regularly since 1989 under the aegis of NLSIU?s Student Bar Association. Contributors to the journal have included Judges of the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts, as well as other legal luminaries from India and abroad. The quality of writing published in the Student Bar Review is consistently excellent. is an organisation dedicated to creating a community of law students in the country that enjoys the benefits of close interaction and shared resources. Through various initiatives such as co-organising and sponsoring the Student Bar Review and National Essay Competition, seeks to ensure that law students from across the country are able to come together to maximise the value of their legal education.

This year, in pursuance of the Student Bar Review?s goal of promoting quality legal scholarship amongst, in particular, the student community of the country, and vision of creating a vibrant law student community and encouraging academic excellence amongst law students, the Student Advocate Committee and are co-organising a National Essay Competition, open to University students throughout India. The aim of the competition is to encourage legal writing that combines academic rigour with practical insight, so as to address, in a thorough as well as constructive fashion, a variety of issues concerning law and its interaction with the wider social, economic and political arenas. In line with this objective, the panel of judges for the competition will comprise of eminent lawyers and academics, as well as persons having an interest in policy- making and implementation - so as to ensure that the theoretical as well as practical quality of the contributions received is evaluated. Confirmed judges so far include Mr. Soli Sorabjee and Ms. Asma Jehangir.

Essays are invited on the following broad topics - but contributors are free to identify and analyse the specific questions involved:

* Delivering Gender Justice in India

* Law and the Political Process in India

* Rethinking the Role of the Judiciary in the Indian State

* Tackling Mass Crimes in India: National and International Frameworks

*Global Commerce and India: Real Problems and Legal Solution

Further details on the Competition, including detailed rules and important dates, will be available on these pages, and on and Regular announcements and updates in respect of the Competition can be accessed on this page.

The winners of the Competition will be awarded a generous cash prize, as well as recognition by the Student Bar Review, and

We invite law students to participate in the Student Bar Review and National Essay Competition. Please contact the Student Bar Review at, for any further queries or clarifications.

Postal Communication should be addressed to

Aparna Chandra Convenor, Student Advocate Committee National Law School of India University Nagarbhavi, Bangalore - 560072

Detailed Rules And Important Dates

RULES, IMPORTANT DATES AND PRIZE MONEY FOR THE STUDENT BAR REVIEW AND LAWSTUDENT.IN NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION The competition is open to all law students, studying, at any level, in Universities in India.

Participants must submit essays on one of the five topics specified. However, they retain the freedom to interpret and define the scope of the topics.

Individual participants may submit multiple entries.

Essays must be the original work of the participants. Plagiarism will invite immediate disqualification.

Each entry must be between 7,500 to 10,000 words.

The body of each essay must be typed in the Times New Roman font, size 12 or above, and must be double-spaced.

Essays must include references in the form of footnotes/endnotes following a consistent style of citation.

A certificate from the Registrar/authorised officer of the contributor?s University, confirming that he/she is a bona fide student of that University must accompany each essay.

Six hard copies of each essay must be sent to the Convenor, Student Advocate Committee, National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore- 560072 post-marked no later than the date mentioned below. Soft copies of essays will not be accepted.

Participants are advised to provide legal analysis as well as practical recommendations in respect of the issues they discuss.


April 10, 2006 : Submission Date (Essays should be post-marked no later than this date.)

April - May 2006 : The essays will be judged in this period

May 2006 : The results of the Competition will be announced before end- May, and the winners personally notified.

Prize Money:

First Prize: Rs.12,500/-

Second Prize: Rs.8,000/-

Third Prize: Rs.4,500/-


The Student Bar Review and Law Student In National Essay Competition