Undergraduate law students from NLSIU, Bangalore, NALSAR, Hyderabad, WBNUJS, Kolkata, NLU, Jodhpur, NLU, Delhi, GNLU, Gujarat, NLIU, Bhopal, NLU, Odisha, Jindal Global Law School, and School of Excellence in Law, Chennai.


(1) Corporate Social Responsibility in the new Companies Act: A Critical Perspective

(2) The implications of BALCO v. Kaiser Aluminium: A practitioner’s perspective


The two best essays per topic win prizes of Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 12,500 respectively along with the certificates.

The winning essays will also be considered for publication in the next issue of NLSIR in accordance with the Editorial Policy of the journal.


  •  Entries submitted for the competition must be the original, unpublished and undistributed work authored by the participant submitting it.
  • Joint authorship of entries is not permitted.
  • The word limit for the entry is 3500 words inclusive of footnotes but excluding the abstract and bibliography. Substantive footnoting is not permitted.
  • The entry should be accompanied by a 300-word abstract.
  • All entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word 97-2003 format in Times New Roman Font size 12, 1.5 line spacing. Footnotes should be in Times New Roman Font size 10.
  • The footnotes used should follow a uniform and complete system of citation.

The essays will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

(i) Identification of issues and legal analysis (25%);

(ii) Clarity of presentation (25%);

(iii) Suggested solutions to issues identified (20%);

(iv) Depth of legal and commercial research (20%); and

(v) Formatting and proofreading (10%).

Participants shall structure their entries to include the following:

(i) cover sheet (this should include (a) the name of the Participant; (b) contact address, e-mail address and contact telephone number; (c) name and address of his/her University; and (d) his/her academic year –(none of this information should appear anywhere else in the essay);

(ii) executive summary (this section should identify the key issues and set out the conclusions reached);

(iii) main body (this will be left to the participants to structure); and

(iv) conclusion (this section should place the topic in the context of what has gone before (in the legal/regulatory and commercial environment), identify implications for various stakeholders and suggest solutions).


Submissions are to be sent via e-mail in electronic form as a PDF document to


The last date for accepting submissions is 11.59 P.M, 29 May, 2013.  A penalty of 5 marks per hour will be applied for late submission.

For any clarifications or queries, please send an email at

4 responses to “ESSAY COMPETITIONS

  1. That is quite an arbitrary way of deciding which law school can participate. By this kind of discrimination, what is the exact point?

  2. Confining the participation on the basis of the college is extremely unreasonable. How does this improve the reputation of the firm when there is blatant violaation of right to equality? Unbelievable.

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