The Amicus Essay Competition

The Amicus Essay Competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate law students in the UK and Ireland, as well as first year trainee barristers and trainee solicitors who are currently enrolled in the appropriate legal training course.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words and address the following title: ‘Critically Analyse the Human Rights Elements of the Death Penalty in Relation to Mental Illness.’

The deadline for entries is 22 March 2020 at 23:59 GMT. All submissions should be sent electronically via email to the Vice President for Academic Activities of ELSA Ireland Jodie McStay (

First Prize is a 2 week Work Experience Placement at Amicus ALJ in their London Office and the publication of the winning essay in the third edition of the Student Comparative and European Law Review (SCELR). The author of the runner-up essay will be awarded €250/£250 from Arthur Cox, one of Ireland's leading law firms.

Judges include prominent academics and QCs.

Read the Rules here.