Mason Hayes & Curran Student Writing Contest

22 February 2016

Entries are now closed for this competition.

We are excited to announce the launch of the inaugural MHC Tech Law Writing Contest! We are inviting third level students in Ireland to submit essays on the hottest topics in tech law to be in with a chance of being published on our Tech Law Blog on and on tech news website We're looking for essays on Technology, Media and Communications Law, Intellectual Property, Data Security or Data Protection. Full prize and entry details are below. 

Part of what we do as lawyers is to communicate very complex legal solutions in plain language to our clients. Complementary to that, our blog writers produce short, clear updates on tech law on a weekly basis, bearing in mind that our readers are not all familiar with technical legal language. A 600-word essay may seem like a small feat when compared to your usual college essays, but sticking to the word count is a big test of your writing skills!

We want to know what third level students consider to be issues which our readers should be aware of and how they could be affected by important changes in the law. If you think you have a discussion-worthy topic to write about, get your entry in before Friday, 15 April 2016.

About the blog

Technology moves fast, and the law is rarely far behind. The aim of the MHC Tech Law Blog is to help our clients and friends stay on top of the latest developments in European and Irish privacy, information technology, intellectual property and Internet law. Our writers are straight-talking, communicating the most complex of issues in technology law in plain English, ensuring that you don't need to be a lawyer to understand their message.

In 2015 we partnered with technology news website Silicon Republic to deliver the latest in tech law news to a wider tech audience on a weekly basis. 

Click here to subscribe to the blog and and you can see all of our latest articles here.

Entry Guidelines

The closing date for entries is Friday, 15 April 2016.

Each entry must be submitted by email to, accompanied by a cover page. Download here.

Please note, all essays submitted must be:

  • Between 500 and 600 words;
  • Submitted in Microsoft Word format and typed in Arial, size 11 font and 1.5 spacing;
  • Solely authored by you and your original work; and
  • Not previously submitted to any other contest, competition or publication, or made publicly available.

Click here for full terms and conditions.


1st prize

€2,000 and publication of the winning essay on and on

2nd prize


3rd prize