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Queen Mary launches student essay competition on ‘Lawyers and Sustainability’

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London is pleased to announce our essay competition ‘Lawyers and Sustainability’, sponsored by the Society of Legal Scholars and supported by Clifford Chance LLP.

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The competition aims to encourage law students to reflect on the role lawyers can play in tackling the climate crisis. Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges of our time and lawyers have an important role to play in facilitating the transition towards a more sustainable world.


Entries will need to reflect on one of the following questions in no more than 500 words:

  • Topic 1: How can lawyers play a role in advancing the sustainable agenda? OR,
  • Topic 2: What contributions can students make to a sustainable law school?

How to submit and who can apply?

The student submitting the winning essay will be invited to present their ideas at a networking event in London, where they will be awarded a ‘Sustainability Award’. The essay will also be published on the university’s website. The competition is open to all students registered or recently graduated from a UK university. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered. Please send your article to and The essays need to be submitted by 5 September 2022 at the latest. The judging panel will include representatives of Queen Mary University of London and Clifford Chance, London.

Questions regarding the submission can be directed to and



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