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Essay prizes

Jesus College currently offers one annual essay prize to potential students. 

The Lord Toulson Essay Prize in Law

This annual essay prize is awarded to a secondary school student who shows an outstanding understanding of, and ability in, law.

Herbert Smith Freehills has sponsored the prize

The Lord Toulson Essay Prize in Law, in honour of the late Lord Roger Toulson, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, is sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. It is intended to give students a chance to engage with important legal debates and to explore the kind of issues that they would be exposed to in a Cambridge law degree. Each candidate is assessed on their ability to think critically about the question and on the quality and originality of the argument made.

The prize is open to students worldwide who are in their final or penultimate year of school. The next prize will be awarded at a ceremony to be held at Jesus College in summer 2019.


  • First Prize: £300
  • Second Prize: £200
  • Third Prize: £100

These prizes can be shared, at the discretion of the Law Fellows.

Up to ten candidates may also receive an Honourable Mention certificate and be invited to the prize ceremony at Jesus College.


The 2019 topic is "'If A's unlawful conduct causes B to suffer a loss, A should be liable to pay B compensation to make good the entirety of B's loss, whatever the type of loss, whatever its extent'. Do you agree?"

Essays may be up to 1,500 words in length, including any footnotes and headings.

Please note, no prior legal knowledge is necessary and entrants are not expected to research any case law in order to substantiate their answer. Of course, examples from public life and the news can be referred to. 

Candidates may discuss the subject matter of the essay with other students and teachers at their school; however, the formulation of the argument and the writing of the essay must be the work of the student alone.


Entries should be sent via email to and should include the completed cover page as a single document. Please name the file with “TEP2019 [Surname_FirstName]“.

Deadline: 29 April 2019. Late entries will not be considered.

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