Canadian Law Student Essay Prize

To commemorate Canadian Defence Lawyers' 20th anniversary, CDL is proud to announce the establishment of a Canadian Law Student Essay Prize. This essay prize, awarded annually, is open to any student currently enrolled in the Faculty of Law of any university in Canada. The goal of this prize is to promote interest in civil defence litigation as a preferred field of practice and to encourage academic excellence.

One essay prize will be awarded annually, in the amount of $5,000

All qualified essays will be published electronically and distributed widely through CDL's national network.



Click here for the application

The 2016 competition is closed. Applications will be accepted for 2017 in the new year. Visit this website for updates.



Essay Topic

The essay topic is:
A paper relevant to the multi-faceted interaction between insurance coverage and tort claims, which should include a discussion of issues arising in Insurance Law, Tort Law and/or the Civil Procedure of a Province or the Federal Court as it pertains to Tort or Insurance Litigation.

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Key Dates 

The competition for 2016 is closed. New deadlines will be posted in early 2017 for the next competition.


Congratulations to Shane Belbin, recent graduate of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Shane is the winner of the 2016 Essay Prize of $5,000 for his paper: Unconscionable Conduct Aside: Civil Procedure Issues in Enforcing Insurance Settlements.

Participating Schools 

Notification of the prize has been sent to Canadian Law Schools.

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law
University of Calgary - Faculty of Law
Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law
Lakehead University - Faculty of Law
University of Manitoba - Robson Hall Faculty of Law
McGill University - Faculty of Law
Université de Moncton - Faculté de Droit
University of New Brunswick - Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa - Common Law
Queen's University - Faculty of Law
University of Saskatchewan - College of Law
Thompson River University - Faculty of Law
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law
University of Victoria - Faculty of Law
University of Western Ontario - Western Law
University of Windsor - Windsor Law
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School



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Janet Clark, Stewart McKelvey

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