CBA Intellectual Property Section Law Student Essay Contest

CBA Intellectual Property Section Law Student Essay Contest

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The CBA Intellectual Property Section has established a Law Student Essay Contest related to general topics in Canadian intellectual property law. The objectives of the competition are to promote and reward interest in intellectual property law topics in Canadian law schools and to promote participation by law students in the Section PD conferences.


The award is presented annually for the best scholarly paper or article received by the submission date on a subject relating to Canadian intellectual property law. All full-time university students currently enrolled at a Canadian law school at either an undergraduate or graduate level are eligible to enter.


Papers must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Papers must be at least 12 pages and no more than 30 pages in length, including references.
  • Papers must be double spaced using Times New Roman, font size 12.
  • Papers must address a theme of significance in Canadian intellectual property law or justice, public policy or public affairs related to same.
  • Papers must be appropriately referenced; all referencing methods in the legal field will be accepted.
  • Papers may be written in English or French.
  • Papers must be researched and written by one author. Papers must be the author’s own original, unpublished work. Papers that are submitted for a law school course are eligible.
  • The author’s name and identifying information must not appear on the paper itself.
  • A brief abstract (max. 150 words) and author biography (max. 150 words) must also be submitted.
  • Additional formatting requirements.


Friday, April 30, 2021.
Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.