Candidates shortlisted for the Peter Cane Prize will be invited to an event hosted at Corpus Christi College, and to the Law Faculty Taster Day, on Tuesday 15th March 2022. We hope the event will take place in person, but this will be subject to COVID-19 guidance.


How to apply

Applications for the 2022 Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize are now closed. 

The Peter Cane Legal Reasoning prize is open to all Year 12 and Year 13 students (or equivalent). Applications for the Prize will open at 9am on Wednesday 5th January, 2022. We will be accepting applications until 5pm (UK time) on Monday 7th February.

The 2022 Essay Question has more information about the 2022 prize and includes the essay question itself. The announcement and rules document has details about the 2022 submission. Candidates must include the cover sheet in their submission, and also complete the application form

Please see the sample question and the sample answers:

Sample answer 1
Sample answer 2

Sample answer 3


Please also note the following:

1. A successful application will automatically enrol you onto the in-person Law Faculty Taster Day. If you would like to attend the in-person Taster Day regardless of whether or not you gain a place on the residential, or if you would like to register to attend the online Taster Day, you should do so separately. Click here for more information.

2. You can apply for both the Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize and the Law Residential. 

3. You may also be interested in reading our Law Diary and getting in touch with our Law Ambassadors.

4. If you have any queries, please email

We look forward to reading your application and wish you the best of luck!


2022 Timetable (TBC)

Tuesday 15th March

~ Law Faculty ~

9.00am - 9.30am Arrival and registration

9.30am - 12.00pm Law Faculty Open Day

~ Walk to Corpus Christi College ~

12.30pm - 1.00pm Lunch

1.00pm - 4.00pm Law workshop, Talk, Prize-giving Ceremony


The history of the Peter Cane Prize

The prize was launched in 2017 and seeks to promote engagement with the ideas and reasoning behind law and legal studies, and particular to encourage those from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply to engage with the academic study of law. The prize is named after the distinguished lawyer, Professor Peter Cane, an internationally acclaimed scholar of legal theory, obligations and public law, and Corpus’ first dedicated law fellow. Each year, the final shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an afternoon event hosted by Corpus Christi, with legal workshops and an award ceremony.