Gray's Inn

The Lee Essay Prize 2017/18

Applications are open for The Lee Essay Prize! 

The Lee Essay Prize was founded by the late John Lee, a Bencher of the Inn.

A first prize of up to £1,500 and a second prize of up to £500 can be awarded for an essay on a selected subject on the Common or Statute Law of England and Wales.

Should you have any queries, please email the scholarships team.


To what extent, if at all, should parliamentary privilege provide a protection to members of parliament against prosecution in the criminal courts and an action for damages in the civil courts?


  • Open to any student members of the Inn or members who have been called to the Bar within the last twelve months (as at the submission deadline)
  • Applicants may not have already gained a Lee Essay Prize
  • This is an individual competition (no teams may enter)
  • Your essay must be 3,000 to 5,000 words (including footnotes) - essays below or exceeding these lengths will not be considered
  • The essay must be your original composition
  • Your essay must be signed using a pseudonym


Essays must be submitted by midnight on Monday 2 October 2017.


Please use the form below to submit your essay. 

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Sign your essay using this pseudonym (your attached essay must not contain your real name).
Your essay must be 3,000 to 5,000 words (including footnotes) to be considered.
Please attach a PDF version of your essay. Please use the file name format: 'Pseudonym - Lee Essay Submission 2017-18'
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
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Date posted: 03 July 2017