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SALRC Legal Essay Writing Competition
2024 South African Law Reform Commission Legal Essay Competition
JOURNEY IN LAW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF
SOUTH AFRICA’S LEGAL GIANTS
South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) is engaging young
legal minds in generating innovative ideas on issues of law reform.
The competition aims to honour a range of South African legal
achievers who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of our
The competition is currently dedicated to the memory of the late
Chief Justice Pius Nkonzo Langa who served South Africa with
dignity and distinction.
Drawing on the inspirational legacy of Justice Pius Langa, the South
African Law Reform Commission (in partnership with sponsors Juta)
invites all law students studying towards an LLB or LLM at a South
African university to submit their innovative ideas championing
law reform issues into the 2023 South African Law Reform
Commission Legal Essay Writing Competition.
Join the ranks of future legal achievers destined to shape our
evolving jurisprudence by entering this prestigious law student essay
Follow this link to read more about the 2024 South African Law Reform Commission Legal Essay Competition and read the Guide to Legal writing compiled by the SALRC.
Join the ranks of legal scholars destined to play a future role in shaping our
country’s evolving jurisprudence by entering this prestigious competition and
stand a chance of winning a share of R100 000 worth of prizes!
ESSAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 29 FEBRUARY 2024
The Law Reform Essay Coordinator, South African Law Reform Commission
- Private Bag x668, Pretoria 0001
- Email: AMakhwanya@justice.gov.za
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
- The South African Law Reform Essay Competition encourages critical
legal writing by students while generating new ideas for law reform.
These ideas should be aligned with South Africa’s priorities as a
developmental state and be aimed at keeping the law abreast of
developments in society and in tune with the needs of
South Africa’s diverse population and national policy priorities.
- Essays can be on any topic relating to the modernisation,
improvement, development or reform of any aspect, area or
branch of South African law.
- Entries should be in English and must be 4000 to 6000 words in
- The competition will be judged by a panel appointed by the South
African Law Reform Commission.
WHO CAN ENTER?
- The competition is divided into two categories and is open to
registered LLB and LLM students respectively at a South
African university or tertiary institution, in any year of study.
- Abridged versions of completed Masters dissertations will also be
- PhD students are not eligible to enter.
RULES OF THE COMPETITION
- The sponsor of the prize reserves the right to submit the
winning essays for possible publication and to feature them on
Juta websites and social media platforms.
- Essays received should be in the house style ordinarily
required by the University’s law faculty or the house style of the
South African Law Journal.
- Entries must be submitted in English.
- Individually authored essays only. Co-authored essays will not be
- The decision of the judges is final.
- Plagiarism is an academic offence which may lead the entrants t o be
disqualified from the competition and be reported to his or her
university for possible disciplinary action.
- All essays must be accompanied by a Turnitin report which does not
exceed a 15% similarity index. Entries received without a Turnitin
report will not be considered.
- Deadline for the submissions of essays for the current edition of the
competition has been extended to 29 February 2024.
ABOUT THE PRIZES
- Winners of the LLB and LLM categories of the 2023 edition of the
competition may select one of the following prize options:
1. A cash prize of R20 000
2. A laptop to the retail value of R25 000
3. A Juta credit voucher to the value of R30 000 to purchase Juta
print or electronic publications of their choice.
- The Supervisor and Law faculty of the winner of both LLB and
LLM competition categories will each receive a R2 500 Juta credit
- Runners-up of the LLB and LLM categories of the 2023 edition of
the competition may select one of the following prize options:
1. A cash prize of R10 000
2. A laptop to the retail value of R15 000
3. A Juta credit voucher to the value of R20 000 for the purchase
of Juta print or electronic publications of their choice.
By submitting your work,
you are confirming that it
is your own work and have fully
acknowledged all the sources you
For further information regarding
the SALRC’s stance on plagiarism,
please read the SALRC Legal Essay
Writing Competition Rules. All
essays must be accompanied by a
Turnitin report which does not
exceed a 15% similarity index.
Entries received without a Turnitin
report will not be considered.