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Bring your favourite case to life

Now in its eighth year, the Connecting with Law Short Film Competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an Australian law school.
To enter, create a 2 – 5 minute video case note, which provides a ‘snapshot’ of your chosen case, that will educate, entertain and engage students and help them connect with law.

1st prize – $1500
2nd prize – $500
3rd prize – $250

Entries will be judged on the ability to prepare a case note, originality and creativity, and how well the film educates and engages students with the law. Note: non-law students can be involved, however at least one student per group must be enrolled in an Australian law school.

How to enter
  • Please ensure you read our submission guidelines carefully.
  • Submit two copies of your film and a completed entry form.
  • Entries must be received by Friday July 31st 2015

For tips on preparing case notes, you might like to read:
Advice on writing a case note from Connecting with Law 3rd edition
Survive Law blog on How to Write a Case Note

Please direct all enquiries to highered.au@oup.com

The winning entries from the Connecting with Law Short Film Competition 2014 can be viewed below. These entries were based on the theme ‘legal ethics: thinking, acting, being’.

1st Prize Winner
Ethics in social media: advice for the legal hound-dog
Katy Milne
Monash University

This is a film about George, the legal hound-dog, who lazed his way through the online world blissfully unaware of the ethical dilemmas he was creating for himself as a lawyer.

2nd Prize Winner
Lie: A guide to legal ethics
Harrison Jones
Bond University

Lie: A guide to legal ethics goes through some of the important laws and principles learn in a legal ethics subject at university. Fellow law students will see examples of overcharging a client, legal dress code and learn about disclosing plagiarism when applying for admission. The film takes an entertaining, educational approach with case references and many acted out scenarios. By following the three steps in this video, students will clearly be able to see how to be an ethical lawyer.

3rd Prize Winner
The Questionable Ethics of Malcolm Practice
Madeleine Brown
University of Technology, Sydney

A film that follows the downfall of a fictional lawyer as he struggles to navigate ethical dilemmas. This light-hearted narrative educates students on some of the major ethical duties, such as confidentiality and deceptive conduct. It aims to engage and entertain fellow law students by highlighting ways not to deal with ethical dilemmas with a touch of comedy and melodrama.

Now showing: the Connecting with Law Film Library
The Connecting with Law Film Library is home to all of the winning and commended entries from the history of the competition.