2020 South African Law Reform Commission Legal Essay Competition
The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) is engaging young legal minds
in generating innovative ideas on issues of law reform. As from 2020, the Competition is dedicated to the memory
of the late Chief Justice Pius Nkonzo Langa who served South Africa with dignity and
Drawing on the inspirational legacy of Justice Pius Langa, the South African Law Reform
Commission in partnership with sponsors Juta Law invites ALL law students studying towards an
LLB or LLM at a South African University to submit their innovative ideas championing law reform
issuesinto the 2020 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 writing competition.
SUBMIT ENTRIES BY 31ST JANUARY 2021 TO: The Law Reform Essay Coordinator, South African Law Reform Commission, Private Bag x668, Pretoria, 0001 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 to 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
Entries should be in English and must be 4000
to 6000 words in length. The competition will be judged by a panel
appointed by the South African Law Reform
The winners and supervising lecturers, as well as
runners-up, will be hosted at a function sponsored
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 accepted.
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
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.
The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if
entries are not of a suitable standard.
Individually authored essays only. No co-authored
essay will be accepted.
The decision of the judges is final.
Plagiarism is an academic offence which may
lead one to be disqualified from the competition
and be reported to his or her university for
possible disciplinary action
ABOUT THE PRIZES
Winners of the LLB and LLM categories win a
R20, 000 cash prize each.
The supervisors and law faculties of the 1st prize
winners will receive a Juta credit voucher to the
value of R2,500 each.
Runners-up in the LLB and LLM categories win a
R10, 000 cash prize each.
The judges reserve the right not to award a
prize if entries are not of a suitable standard.