This competition presents students the opportunity to submit a paper relating to any legal issue. The paper and oral presentation competition aims to promote legal scholarship, oratory skills and the chance to present controversial issues in an informative manner.
The first stage is the submission of a piece of work (maximum length 5,000 words and minimum 3,000 words) that you have undertaken as part of your law studies. Students may present a paper they have previously used for an assessment at University or may choose to write a new one. A panel of academics will judge the paper based on the assessment criteria located in the Paper presentation rules on the UTS LSS website.
The second stage of the presentation is the oral component, which consists of a fifteen-minute presentation followed by up to five minutes of questions from a panel of judges. The submitted piece of work will obviously form the basis of the presentation. Visual aids are encouraged during the presentation. Any technological requirements must be submitted to the competition coordinator alongside a copy of the written work.
The top competitor in the competition will win the right to represent the University of Technology, Sydney at the ALSA Conference held in July. The winner of the National Paper Presentation Final will have their paper published in ALSA’s Academic Journal.
The Paper Presentation Competition is particularly suited to students with strong writing skills or a passion for research and law reform. Competitors enter this competition as individuals, and the competition is open to all law students.
How to Participate
Registration is not formally required for the competition and no experience is necessary. All Papers that are submitted prior to the due date will be entered into the competition. Competitors are required to provide the following details on their paper to ensure that they meet the entry requirements:
- Full Name;
- Student Number;
- University Year;
- Mobile Number;
- Essay Title; and
- Statement of Original Work with Competitor Signature (written or electronically typed)
A reminder that papers of less than 3,000 words in length will not be considered.
Rules and Score Sheet
To view the 2016 Paper Presentation Rules, click here.
To view the 2016 Paper Presentation Score Sheet, click here.
- 28th March – Information seminar to be held at UTS with 2016 Paper Presentation winner Scott Preswick speaking about his experience. Location and time TBC
- 28th April – Papers due by 10pm
- 15/16th May – Oral rounds to be held
- 22/23rd May – Grand Final (if required) to be held.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.