Paper Presentation

Semester Two

If you’ve ever wanted to discuss your opinion on a topic without being interrupted, then the UNLSA Paper Presentation competition is for you! Paper presentation provides students with the unique opportunity to discuss a paper they have previously written on an area of law.

Paper Presentation allows individuals to demonstrate their in depth knowledge of an area of law which is of particular interest to them, by communicating their research and subsequent opinions to a panel of judges in an interesting and engaging manner.

Competitors are allowed to submit a paper that they have written specifically for the purpose of the competition or one that they have previously written.


2014 Paper Presentation Competition Information

The UNLSA Paper Presentation Competition is open for another year! The competition provides law students with the opportunity to write and present a legal research paper to a panel of judges, with the winner competing at the 2015 annual Australian Law Students’ Association conference in Sydney.

Paper presentation consists of two stages. Firstly, you must write a paper on any legal topic of your choosing. The second stage of the competition is an oral presentation about the written paper.

Written Paper Guidelines

The paper must be between 3000 and 5000 words, and can be written for the purpose of entering the competition or can be a paper previously written for academic purposes. Each competitor may only submit one paper. The subject is up to the competitor’s discretion as long as it covers an area of law. The paper should include footnotes, headings and a bibliography following the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3 standard, all of which will not be included in the word limit. Explanatory footnotes are permitted but these will be included in the word limit.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Following the written paper submission, the competitor will be required to deliver a fifteen minute oral presentation, for which the paper must be the substantive basis. After your presentation, the judge(s) will have ten minutes to question you on your paper. Equipment such as lecterns, whiteboards and computer projectors are available for competitors to use.

This competition is a fantastic opportunity for all law students to get involved and have your work professionally reviewed, so start thinking about a topic and get writing! For further information, please contact the Directors of Competitions (Skills).

Slides from the 2013 Competitions Workshop on Paper Presentation can be accessed here.


2012 winners

Tyler Fox

Contact Director of Competitions (Skills)