Feb 27, 2019

UC Business and Law Essay Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • University of Canterbury Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Multiple Competition Skill Building Other


The University of Canterbury (UC) Business and Law Essay Competition is a challenge aimed at Year 9-13 New Zealand students. The competition focuses on students expressing their opinions about political parties’ policies on issues affecting the economy, employment, taxation and the justice system. This is an opportunity for individuals to win some great cash prizes for themselves and their own school.

There are two competitions. A Year 9-10 & Year 11-13. Within each competition there are four categories based on a topic you can study at UC Business and Law. Each category will have three placement prizes.
• 1st Prize: $300 for you and $150 for your school
• 2nd Prize: $200 for you and $150 for your school
• 3rd Prize: $100 for you and $150 for your school

Students are encouraged to start watching the news about the election, read up about political parties’ propositions, research their topics and discuss the issues at school. The Year 9-10 competition requires a 600-word essay entry and the Year 11-13 competition requires an 800-essay on various topics.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




The information regarding the number of entries is unavailable. The competition is relatively competitive but has two divisions which may help with the high competitiveness level.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Proficiency in essay writing skills and an interest in New Zealand political issues.

Time Commitment


This event is a one off event per year. However, students must spend time writing their individual essays, the time commitment will vary on the individual.

Application Deadline

Applications open July 2020

Application Process Includes

For Year 9-10 students, they must submit a 600 word essay on any of the following categories: economy, finance, law & justice, and society.

For Year 11-13 students, they must submit a 800-word essay on the following categories of the economy, taxation, law & justice, media & marketing.