This competition presents students the opportunity to submit an advice to a legal problem. At law school all students learn the skills of answering legal problem questions, a fundamental skill that allows you to sift between the relevant and irrelevant legal facts and issues.
However, in practice clients do not want answers in the same format as what one would use in answering an exam question. The ability to write an advice is a skill all lawyers require.
This competition is particularly suited to students with strong writing skills, with a passion for research and legal understanding. This competition is one of the most practical of all in the UTS LSS competitions portfolio, and all students seeking employment within the legal fraternity are encouraged to take part.
Competitors enter this competition as individuals, and the competition is open to all law students. The winner will be announced via email.
Is Experience Required?
No previous experience is required and all law students at any stage of their degree are encouraged to compete.
How to Write a Letter of Advice
The Advice writing competition is assessed and based on the format followed by the Australian Government Solicitors Office (AGS).
Dr. Bede Harris (BA (Mod) Dublin, LLB Rhodes, Dr Phil Waikato) has kindly made available his 2009 Paper, published by Oxford University Press – with all rights reserved – which is a guide to advice writing that follows the AGS format. His paper offers a practical and clear explanation on how to compose a letter of advice. It includes a sample Letter Seeking Advice along with an example Letter of Advice. Dr. Harris’s paper can be accessed here.
Rules and Score Sheet
To view the Advice Writing Rules, click here.
To view the Advice Writing Score Sheet, click here.
If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please provide your email address here.
For more information, please contact the 2017 UTS LSS Vice President (Competitions), Emily Paterson, at email@example.com.