Canadian Law Student Essay Prize

CDL Foundation is proud to manage 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.



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The 2018 competition is now open. Submission deadline is May 3, 2018. 


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 

February 2018 - applications will be posted and competition will open.

June 6, 2018 - Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting - presentation of $5,000 Award.


Congratulations to Nick Hooper, recent graduate of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Nick is the winner of the 2017 Essay Prize of $5,000 for his paper: Allocating Loss at the Intersection of Insurance and Torts: Reading the Principled Developments in the Law of Subrogation.

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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Randi Glass, Canadian Defence Lawyers - Executive Director

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