1.1 LSAG India LLP (“Sponsor”) is an affiliate of Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and is committed to promoting access and equity in legal education. In furtherance of its objectives for the development of legal education in India, and to incentivise meritorious students intending to pursue legal education in India, the Sponsor is organizing the “Shamnad Basheer Access to Justice Writing Competition” (the “Competition”). These terms and conditions shall govern the submissions, eligibility and all other terms relating to the Competition (“Terms and Conditions”).
- Eligibility Criteria and Topic
2.1 All participants shall have taken the LSAT—IndiaTM for the year pertaining to which the Scholarship is being awarded. The participant shall be an Indian National that has successfully completed the senior secondary school or 10 + 2 equivalent exam from an educational board duly recognized in India. The participant shall be eligible for admission into and shall undertake that she/he shall be admitted to a full-time 5 (five) year law programme, commencing in the year of the Competition at an LSAC Global Law Alliance College that accepts the LSAT—IndiaTM test scores for admission to law programmes.
2.2 Each participant will have to submit an essay on the given topic.
2.3 All essays shall be submitted individually. Co-authorship of essays is not permitted.
2.4 The topic of the essay for the Competition shall be accessed at https://www.discoverlaw.in/scholarship-opportunities
- Submission Guidelines
3.1 Length and Format - The submissions shall be original unpublished works written exclusively for the Competition. Submissions shall be in English language and shall be no more than 1,200 words, excluding footnotes. Submissions shall be in MS Word format with double line spacing, Times New Roman Font with font size 12.
3.2 Cover Page – All submissions are required to include a cover page as a separate word file, containing the following:
3.2.1 Title of the Submission;
3.2.2 Participant’s Name;
3.2.3 Telephone Number;
3.2.4 Email Address;
3.2.5 Residential Address;
3.2.6 LSAT—India Registration Number;
3.3 Submissions shall only set out personally identifiable information in the separate cover page. The essay shall not contain any personally identifiable information or the name of the law institute.
3.4 Participants shall use the following format as the file names:
3.4.1 Essay: Last name, First name, underscore, shortened name of essay (e.g., Kumar, Akshay_Title of the Essay).
3.4.2 Cover Page: Last name, First name, underscore, Cover Page (e.g., Kumar, Akshay_Cover Page).
3.5 The submissions shall be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Diversity Essay’ no later than midnight (24:00 hours Indian Standard Time) on the last date announced for the competition for the applicable year in which the Competition is occurring. No individual extensions shall be granted under any circumstances and submissions received after the deadline shall be deemed ineligible.
3.6 All submissions will be checked for plagiarism and any submission (a) not being in accordance with the guidelines prescribed herein; or (b) containing unoriginal or plagiarized content, shall be penalized and/ or will not be considered for the Competition.
3.7 Intellectual Property – The participants expressly agree and acknowledge that upon submission, all essays submitted to the Sponsor become the exclusive property of the Sponsor and all worldwide intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyrights) in the essays belong to the Sponsor. The Sponsor may publish, license, assign or otherwise deal with the submissions in any manner deemed fit in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, without requiring any further consent of any of the participants.
- Evaluation Criteria
4.1 An evaluation panel constituted by the Sponsor (“Panel”) shall evaluate and adjudge the submissions.
4.2 All submissions will be evaluated by the Panel on parameters such as understanding of the issue, research and analysis, use of authority, novelty of argument and compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the Competition.
4.3 If in the opinion of the Panel, no submission merits the award, then the Sponsor shall have the right and sole discretion to not issue any awards.
5.1 The Essay Winner shall be eligible to receive the award in the following manner:-
5.1.1 The Winner of the Competition will be awarded maximum amount of ₹2,00,000 (Indian Rupees two Lakhs)
5.1.2 The first runner up of the Competition will be awarded maximum amount of ₹1,00,000 (Indian Rupees one Lakhs)
5.1.3 The second runner up of the Competition will be awarded maximum amount of ₹1,00,000 (Indian Rupees one Lakhs)
6.1 All Taxes payable in relation to the cash prizes shall be borne by the participant and the Sponsor shall be entitled to deduct or withhold applicable Taxes in accordance with applicable law. In the event that any Tax is deducted or withheld by the Sponsor, the Sponsor shall provide such Tax deduction certificate to the Candidate to enable the Candidate to avail Tax credit.
6.2 For the purposes of this paragraph, “Tax” or “Taxation” means all forms of tax, royalty, duty, rate, levy, cess or other similar imposition whenever and by whatever authority in any country imposed, including but not limited to income tax and goods and service tax and any interest, penalty or fine in connection with any such taxation; and any reference to Taxation shall include amounts which represent or are equivalent to or are deemed to be Taxation.
- Decision of the Sponsor
7.1 Notwithstanding anything contained herein, the decision of the Sponsor in relation to the Competition and/ or the Terms and Conditions will be final and binding.
- Governing Law and Dispute Resolution
8.1 The matters relating to the Competition and/or these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of India. Subject to para 8.2, the courts of New Delhi, India shall have exclusive jurisdiction on any disputes arising out of these Terms and Conditions.
8.2 Any and all disputes and/or differences arising out of or in connection with the Competition or the Terms and Conditions shall be exclusively submitted to arbitration under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (as amended and/or restated), and shall be adjudicated by an arbitral tribunal comprising a sole arbitrator to be appointed by mutual consent of the parties. The arbitration shall be conducted in English language and the decision of the arbitral tribunal shall be final and binding on the parties. The seat of arbitration shall be New Delhi.