How to apply

The prize is open to all Year 12 and Year 13 students (or equivalent) worldwide. Entries usually open in December and close at the start of February. Please check back on this page for details. 

The explanatory document gives more information about the 2021 prize and it includes the 2021 essay question. The announcement and rules document has details about the 2021 submission. Candidates also had to include the cover sheet in their submission and send off the submission form.

Please see the sample question and the sample answers:

Sample answer 1
Sample answer 2

Sample answer 3

Please also note the following:

1. A successful place will automatically enrol you onto the Law Faculty Taster Day in March. If you plan on attending the Law Faculty Taster Day regardless of whether or not you gain a place at the Corpus Christi online event, we recommend that you register for a place as an insurance.

2. You can apply for both the Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize and the Law Residential/Online Spring Workshops. 

3. You may also be interested in reading our Law Diary and getting in touch with our Law Ambassadors.

4. If you have any queries, please email

We look forward to reading your application and wish you the best of luck!

The history of the Peter Cane prize

The prize was launched in 2017 and seeks to promote engagement with the ideas and reasoning behind law and legal studies, and particular to encourage those from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply to engage with the academic study of law. The prize is named after the distinguished lawyer, Professor Peter Cane, an internationally acclaimed scholar of legal theory, obligations and public law, and Corpus’ first dedicated law fellow. Each year, the final shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an afternoon event hosted by Corpus Christi, with legal workshops and an award ceremony.