#TransformLaw KWM Prize

Your chance to win $10,000

  • icon of a calendar10 August – 5 October

  • icon of a pen writing on a paperRegistrations closed for this year

  • icon of a grad wearing a mortarboardUQ undergraduate students

The 2021 #TransformLaw Competition is now over. Read about the winning team's solution online.

UQ Law School and UQ Ventures, in partnership with King & Wood Mallesons, are calling on UQ undergraduate students from all disciplines to team up to develop innovative proposals that use technology to solve a problem in legal practice (think topics like access to justice, cybersecurity and automation).

About the competition

10 August 2021 - 5 October 2021

#TransformLaw KWM Prize is so much more than a competition, it’s a unique opportunity to get exposure to the world of entrepreneurship and gain skills that will serve you throughout your degree and career.

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Here's how it works:

1. Team up

Join a team of 2-4 UQ undergraduate students, including at least one LLB student and one non-law student. Don't worry if you don't have a team, as we can match you with other participants.

2. Learn to be an entrepreneur 

Participate in a series of hands-on workshops run by UQ Ventures and industry mentors to learn the tools and frameworks to think like an entrepreneur and develop your proposal. 


3. Pitch your idea

If your proposal is shortlisted in the top five, you'll be invited to present to a panel of judges made up of academic and industry experts. If you win, your team will receive $10,000!


As part of the program, you will be mentored by a selection of high-calibre legal, tech and business experts. Examples from previous competition rounds include:

Abinaya and Tristan from the 2020 winning team

“Meeting our mentors and learning from their insights and specialised knowledge of the industry was an invaluable experience... We left each mini interview with more knowledge, direction and insight than we could have possibly derived on our own.”

Abinaya Ketheeswaran, 2020 KWM Prize Winner

Program outline

Date and time Session What you'll be doing

5–7pm, 10 Aug

Session 1 

Date night and User identification

Brainstorm to identify users whose lives could be improved by innovation in law and regulation. Plus, take part in a bunch of activities to meet your teammates.
Inspiration: the purpose of the first part of the program is to understand the user of your product/service, what design challenge you are facing and your team member roles.

5–7pm, 17 Aug

Session 2


Learn the human-centred design (HCD) tools needed to effectively interview and obtain insight from users and key stakeholders. 
Ideation: the purpose of the second session is to brainstorm, choose and define the best solution for the challenge identified in phase one.

5–7pm, 24 Aug

Session 3


Brainstorm potential solutions to address the identified challenge and narrow it down to the top three.
Implementation and iteration: teams will explore the fit to market of their ideas, prototype their solutions and iterate the process to incorporate lessons into their solution. Teams will also provide an action plan for the team moving forward.

5–7pm, 31 Aug

Session 4

Solution selection, fit to market analysis and business viability.

Use business model and industry analysis canvas tools to understand the viability of the different solutions from a business and customer perspective.

5–7pm, 7 Sept

Session 5

Rapid prototyping

Rapid-prototype the user experience journey (storyboard) for your solution and learn how to create an impactful presentation.

5–7pm, 14 Sept

Session 6

Mentoring night and pitching practice

Pitching preparation! Put the final touches on your prototype and develop your pitch with the assistance of Ventures staff and real entrepreneurs.

After mentoring night, you will have two weeks (plus mid-sem break) to prepare your pitches for Demo Day.

5–7pm, 5 Oct


Session 7 

Demo Day

Present your solution (pitches and prototypes) to a panel of judges. The winning team takes home $10,000.
In this blog, the 2020 competition winners discuss everything you need to know about the #TransformLaw KWM Prize competition, including why you should enter and their top tips for competitors in the 2021 round.


Want to know more?

Get the lowdown on the competition in this interview with the 2019 winning team JustAI and mentor Ryan Catterwell. Watch now

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King & Wood Mallesons



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