National Essay Writing


Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU) was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu by an Act of State Legislature (Act No. 9 of 2012) to provide quality legal education at the global level. The mission of TNNLU is to impart quality legal education nurtured within a robust culture of interdisciplinary research and teaching in an equitable, respectful and supportive environment producing legal practitioners and scholars who will be committed to justice, social transformation and national development. The vision of TNNLU is to achieve global recognition as an institution of eminence and excellence in all spheres of legal education, rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law, such that the graduates of TNNLU will be independent, critical thinkers and socially responsible human beings.


The TNNLU Pro Bono Club is a pivotal force dedicated to fortifying the Nyaya Bandhu (Pro Bono Legal Services) program —an esteemed initiative under the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. Under this pioneering program, practicing advocates, eager to undertake pro bono legal work, are seamlessly connected with eligible marginalized beneficiaries through mobile technology— after meticulous scrutiny—ensuring the delivery of essential legal services to those in need. To strengthen the Nyaya Bandhu network, the Department of Justice proposed the creation and integration of pro bono panels of lawyers in each High Court. These panels, curated and moderated by their respective High Courts, enhance the program’s impact. The vision is to seamlessly integrate Nyaya Bandhu into the institutional framework of India’s justice system, maximizing its reach and effectiveness.


Get ready for our Essay Writing Competition, designed to showcase your writing talents and explore intriguing questions beyond your academics. Your task: re-imagine and strengthen Pro Bono Legal Services through your articles. Join us in shaping a brighter future through your words. We invite you to participate in this engaging competition as an opportunity to contribute your thoughts and ideas towards the betterment of our Pro Bono Club.


All students pursuing under-graduate (three/five year course) or post-graduate law degrees from any law school/university/college recognized by the Bar Council of India are eligible to participate in the Competition.


Increasing Access to Justice through Pro Bono Legal Services: Examining the role of Law Schools and Law Students in India


  • The language of the competition shall be English.

  • Font: Time News Roman; Font Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5

  • Margin: One inch on all sides, content to be justified

  • The cover page must contain Name, Affiliation, Mobile Number, and E-mail ID of the author. Co-authorship is not permitted.

  • Word Limit (excluding footnotes, kindly avoid using speaking footnotes):

    • Minimum Word Limit: 2500 Words

    • Maximum Word Limit: 3000 Words

  • Citation style: 20th Edition Bluebook

  • Footnote Font: Times New Roman; Footnote Font Size: 10; Font spacing: 1.0

  • Any essay with a similarity of more than 15% will be disqualified.

  • No registration fees.

  • Registration link:


  • Release of Brochure: October 5, 2023

  • Last date for registration: October 15, 2023

  • Last date for submission: October 31, 2023

  • Announcement of Results: Second week of November


  • Winner: Cash prize of INR 3,000/- 

  • 1st Runner-up: Cash prize of INR 2,000/- 

  • 2nd Runner-up: Cash prize of INR 1,000/- 

  • Top 10 essays will receive a Certificate of Merit. 

  • All participants will be provided with Certificate of Participation.


To know more click on TNNLU Essay Brochure

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