UCD Law Review Case Note Competition 2019

Sponsored by Arthur Cox



The UCD Law Review, with the sponsorship of Arthur Cox, is delighted to announce the re-establishment of its

annual case note competition for first and second year law undergraduates in UCD. A prize of €150 will be awarded to the best entry from each year.



NEW: Sample Case Note now available



Criteria for Submissions:

  1. This competition is open to all first and second year BCL (including all “Law with” programmes, Law with French Law, and Law and Chinese Studies), BCL/Maîtrise, and BBL students in UCD.

  2. Max. 1,000 words excluding footnotes and bibliography.

  3. To be cited in line with OSCOLA Ireland (see http://legalcitation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/OSCOLA-Ireland-2016.pdf for full citation details).

  4. To be formatted and submitted in a Microsoft Word Document.


The Case Note:

  • Cases may, but need not be, drawn from areas of law relating to modules covered in first and second year.

  • Cases should be from the superior courts in any common law jurisdiction, or from the EU courts or the ECtHR.

  • The UCD Law Review recommends that case notes be structured as follows:

  1. Facts of the Case: Initially, a brief overview of the facts of the case should be presented. This summary should be as to-the-point as possible, remember: you're summarising something people already know.
  2. The Decision of the Court: Authors should condense the often lengthy judgements into the key decision that was made and the relevant consequence for the parties involved. If multiple judges provide their judgements, give the decision of each one. Again, this should be brief.
  3. The Reason(s) the Decision was Reached: The common law operates on a system of precedent, therefore judges must justify their reasons for coming to their decisions. A summary of those reasons is key.This is especially important when judges have come to the same result but using different reasons.
  4. Analysis of the Decision: This is the most important part of the case-note. You must critically analyse:
  • The persuasiveness of the court's decision;
  • The consequences of such a decision;
  • The author's own opinion should be clear;
  • Ensure all judgements are covered i.e. both majority and dissenting judgements.


  • The deadline for submission will be the 18th March 2019

  • Case notes are to be submitted online via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Case Note Competition 2019”, provied they comply with the above Criteria for Submissions.

  • Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by the UCD Law Review Board, therefore applicants are encouraged not identify themselves on their case note.

  • The winning entries will be chosen at the discretion of the UCD Law Review Board, whose decision shall be final.

  • The winning entries will be published on our website, www.ucdlawreview.eu, and each entry shall be individually considered for publication in Volume 18 of the UCD Law Review at the discretion of the UCD Law Review Board.

  • Any queries should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..