Law Essay Competition Canada

Bernard Chernos Essay Contest

Each year, The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) runs a nation-wide high school competition to commemorate the contributions of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and lover of lively debate. Student submissions must respond to one of the questions about fundamental freedoms posed by the CCLET that year.

NEW FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR: Students have the option to submit their responses as an essay OR video “rant” in the style of Rick Mercer, one of Canada’s most famous political humorists.

Students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a Canadian school are eligible to participate.

Teachers of Civics, History, Law, Politics, World Issues, World Religions, English, and Social Studies: This contest makes for a great ready-made classroom project. Consider assigning it to students and submitting the best selections to our contest!


1st place: $500 + book
2nd place: $150 + book
3rd place: $100 + book

For more details on how to participate, download this year’s contest flyer here.

If you would like to see previous years’ questions, download them here.


Congratulations to the 2017 winners of CCLET’s Bernard Chernos Essay Competition!

1st Place: William Dunstan, St. Matthew High School, Ottawa, ON
2nd Place: Desislava Stoianova, Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON
3rd Place: Kirandeep Deol, Old Scona Academic, Edmonton, AB

For a listing of previous years’ winners, click here.

Law Student Writing Awards Program

The sponsors an annual competition for full-time undergraduate students in Canadian Law Schools.The purpose of the Law Student Writing Awards Program is to stimulate interest among law students in the research and development of papers based on corporate insolvency and restructuring topics and to recognize outstanding achievement in this endeavour.   

The awards program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to research insolvency issues, develop ideas, and bring proposals for reform to the attention of the business and legal community.

Winning papers are available to members through the members-side of the website and can also be found on the documents section under resources.

Congratulations to the 2017 Law Student Award Winners, listed below.

2018 IIC Law Student Writing Awards

This is the 14th year of the IIC Law Student Writing Award Program which is designed to support and reward academic scholarship in the area of corporate insolvency and restructuring.

This program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to research insolvency issues and bring their proposals for reform to the attention of the business and legal community which they are about to enter.


  • The competition is open to law students in full-time undergraduate law programs at Canadian universities. Entries may be submitted in English or French.
  • Each student is limited to one entry. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted from one university, but each paper must bear the endorsement of a law faculty member.
  • Papers must be no longer than 3,000 words (exclusive of footnotes) and must be typed. Papers may be jointly written.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically to the Executive Director at the email provided in the entry form by the deadline.
  • The paper must be focused on restructuring in an insolvency context.

2018 Awards

First, second and third prizes of $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 will be awarded.  The prize for the first-place winner will be presented at the IIC's annual conference being held September 27-30, 2018 in Charlottetown, PEI.  Both the first place winner and their faculty sponsor will be invited guests of the IIC at the conference, with complimentary conference registration (including accommodations). Travel costs will be reimbursed.  If a co-authored paper is selected for first place, the division of the prize and the reimbursed travel costs will be entirely at the discretion of the winners.

Entry Form - Downloadable PDF


Closing Date for Entries:  FridayJune 15, 2018

All papers must be submitted to Please do not submit through the website contact menu - use your preferred email provider. A confirmation will be sent within three business days of receipt. If you have not received a confirmation by that time, please call 416-646-1600. Extensions will not be extended.

2017 Award Winners

Please join the IIC Board of Directors and Judges Panel in congratulating the following winners:

IIC members can access copies of the papers by request or through the members-only side of the website under Announcements and in the Document Library.

First prize ($7,500 and invitation to the IIC Conference in Banff, Alberta, September 14-17, 2017)     

Dylan Gibbs
University of Alberta
Faculty Sponsor: Roderick Wood

Paper:Whose Restructuring is it Anyway? The Disconnect Between Third-Party Releases and the CCAA's Restructuring Purpose.

Second prize ($5,000)   

Mia Tritter
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Telfer

Paper:Has the Door to Equitable Subordination in CCAA Proceedings Been Closed?

Third prize ($2,500) 

Nicholas Dempsey
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Chris Armstrong

Paper: Is it the Third Time the Charm: The Supreme Court of Canada's Opportunity to Clarify the Question of the Equitable Subordination Under the CCAA.

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