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Deadline for ILHS student-essay competition soon
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26 May 2023 / education Print

Deadline for ILHS student-essay competition soon

The Irish Legal History Society (ILHS) has reminded students that the deadline for entries for its second student-essay competition is next Wednesday, 31 May.

Essays can be on any period of Irish legal history, and the winning entrant will receive a prize of €250.

The competition is open to under-graduate and post-graduate students.

Essays must be written in English and be the work of students who are enrolled in a third-level institution in Ireland or abroad, or within a one-year expiration of that enrolment.

Essays must be no longer than 5,000 words – including all references.

The ILHS says that the results will be announced no later than 30 September.


The inaugural competition was won jointly by Jessica Commins (UCD/Amsterdam) and Andrew Byrne Keefe (TCD/Harvard).

Founded in 1988, the society examines, explores, and engages with all issues relating to legal history on the island of Ireland, from earliest times to the present day – including the work of Irish lawyers abroad.

Its mission is to encourage the study of, and advance the knowledge of, the history of Irish law.

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