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The T.C. Williams Legal Essay Contest Catalog is the Web's largest collection of writing competitions for law students. Essay contents provide students with opportunities to display the exceptional legal research, analysis, and composition skills honed here at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition
Intellectual Property$5000 or moreMay 20, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty-calendar/2016-student-writing-competition

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

Display Date: February 10, 2016

Deadline: May 20, 2016

Essay Topic: Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law. Preference may be given to topics demonstrating particular relevance to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel and unique perspectives.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $5,000

The IP Section may also award a Second Place prize of $2,500 in its discretion.

Notes:

For more information, rules and submission guidelins go HERE.

The winner will be announced no earlier than August 12, 2016 and no later than September 16, 2016.

No article submitted as an entry in this competition may be published in any other forum until the competition has ended and the winner has been announced. After that time, articles submitted but not selected as the winning article may be published without limitation.

IAFIE 2016 Essay Competition
Law & Society$0 to $299April 30, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.iafie.org/?page=2016EssayCom

Sponsor: The International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE)

Display Date: February 4, 2016

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Essay Topic: Student:  Papers submitted in the student category may address any one of the following broad themes: Intelligence education and training, Intelligence policy, Intelligence operations, Intelligence history, Intelligence failure

Prize Information:

1st Prize $1000

2nd Prize $500

First and second place finishers will have the opportunity to publish their essays on the IAFIE website, receive recognition in the IAFIE Newsletter, and receive a one-year free membership in IAFIE

Notes: For submission guidelines and more contest information go HERE.

Admiral John S. Jenkins Prize for Excellence in Military Studies
Military Law$0 to $299July 31, 2016

Competition Website: None

Sponsor: National Institute for Military Justice (NIMJ)

Display Date: February 4, 2016

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Essay Topic: Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of law professors and practitioners based on the criterion of "excellence in writing on military law."

Prize Information:

First Prize $250

Notes:

Students may nominate their own work, including work that has been published in a law journal; faculty may also nominate deserving student papers. Papers and/or published articles are eligible for this award if they were written by a candidate for a J.D. degree (that is, by a student who has not yet completed his or her degree) during the period from 01 August 2015 to 31 July 2016.

Interested students or recommending faculty should submit the paper, along with the author¹s name, phone and email, and any publication information on the paper, to NIMJ at nimjemail@gmail.com no later than 31 July 2016.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Legal Ethics$2500 to $2999April 29, 2016

Competition Website: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Display Date: February 2, 2016

Deadline: April 29, 2016

Essay Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Prize Information:

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Notes:

All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Candadian law schools.

Entries must be original, unpublished work.

Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double spaced, and standard font.

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2015.

Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-8612

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

Website: www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competition/smith_doheny.pdf

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$300 to $999January 13, 2010

Competition Website: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/lhrb/awards

Sponsor: The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries

Display Date: January 28, 2016

Deadline: January 13, 2010

Essay Topic: Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives; criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation and contribution to the field. The subject should be explored in depth with appropriate reference to sources.

Prize Information:

First Prize $500

The author of the first-place essay will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning, and a joint LH&RB-Gale Cengage award of up to $1000 for travel, lodging, food and other AALL annual meeting attendance expenses.
The author of the winning and runner-up essays will have the opportunity to publish the essay in LH&RB's online annual scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  

Notes: For full contest information, submission guidelines and application procedures go HERE.

DISH 2016 eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Civil Litigation$2500 to $2999April 11, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.dishediscovery.com/main.html

Sponsor: DISH Network L.L.C.

Display Date: January 21, 2016

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Essay Topic: On December 1, 2015, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended, in great part to address the impact of eDiscovery on civil litigation.  The amendments to Rules 1, 16, 26, 34, and 37, in particular, were intended to decrease the cost of litigation without sacrificing fairness for litigants.  The 2016 competition asks students to identify which amended rule will have the greatest impact on the civil litigation discovery process.

Prize Information:

First Prize: $2500

Second Prize: $1000

Notes: For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

Criminal Record Expungement Writing Competition
Criminal Procedure$2000 to $2499June 30, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.recordgone.com/law-student-expungement-writing-competition.html

Sponsor: Higbee & Associates

Display Date: January 12, 2016

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Essay Topic: Please choose one of the following: How to improve expungement related laws in (state of your choice) When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public? Can criminal record expungement can break cycles of recidivism

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,000

2nd Prize: $1,000

3rd Prize: $300

$200 Honorable Mention

$250 Best Policy Recommendations

$250 Best Reasearch

Notes:

The competition is designed to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. This unique competition will be judged by a diverse panel of judges representing practitioners, academics and business professionals in the background check industry. Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations.

For full contest guidelines and submission instructions go HERE.

Appeals Law Group Winter Writing Contest
Accounting & Law$300 to $999February 1, 2016

Competition Website: https://www.facebook.com/appealslawgroup/

Sponsor: Appeals Law Group

Display Date: January 4, 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Whether a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana trafficking under Federal law violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment?

Prize Information:

First Prize $500

Notes:

1000 Words or less

All essays must be submitted via email to scholarship@appealslawgroup.com and must be in Word or PDF format. 

About Appeals Law Group: Appeals Law Group is a firm dedicated to the pursuit of justice, focusing on civil rights litigation, criminal and civil appeals, post-conviction relief, criminal trial defense, and executive remedies including pardons and commutations of sentence.  The attorneys at Appeals Law Group practice in all federal and military courts of appeal across the nation and are licensed in North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Washington DC, Minnesota, Washington State, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Administrative Law$1500 to $1999February 5, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition?mgs1=a6f8l8NkcP

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Display Date: December 22, 2015

Deadline: February 5, 2016

Essay Topic: Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or of deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.

Prize Information:

Prize: $1,500

The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

Notes: For compete contest guidelines and submission guidelines go HERE.

Robert T, Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Asian Pacific American Law$1500 to $1999June 1, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.aefdc.com/matsui-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF)

Display Date: December 22, 2015

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.

Prize Information: The winner of the 2016 Competition will receive a monetary award of $1,500, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Journal.

Notes:

Submissions for the 2016 Competition must be received by June 1, 2016.


For additional information go HERE.

The 2016 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Professional Responsibility$5000 or moreMarch 4, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/awards.html

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

Display Date: February 9, 2016

Deadline: March 4, 2016

Essay Topic: The 2016 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under  the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a U.S.-based law firm seeks to acquire foreign law firms in an effort to better serve and expand its international client base.

Prize Information:

Winner Prize: $5,000

All expense paid trip to the Spring 2016 National Legal Malpractice Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 27-29, 2016.

Notes:

The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the American Bar Association no later than March 4 2016.

For full submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

Wolters Kluwer Legal Scholars
Accounting & Law$0 to $299April 1, 2016

Competition Website: http://health.wolterskluwerlb.com/legal-scholars/

Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer

Display Date: February 2, 2016

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Any individual currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school is invited to submit no more than one entry for any of the four categories. Individuals are allowed to submit a submission for any number of categories they choose. The topic categories are: Health law (including Medicare, Medicaid, life sciences, and health reform) Cybersecurity (including banking and financial privacy, securities, health care, and insurance) Products liability and consumer safety Employment law (including wage/hour, labor, and discrimination)

Prize Information:

Depending on the number of entries, one to two winners per category will be selected and published in a Wolters Kluwer publication, to be determined based on the submission’s topic.

Winners will be notified by April 22, 2016. The winning submissions will be featured in a Wolters Kluwer publication the week of April 25, 2016, along with a biographical paragraph about the author.

Notes: For more information and full contest rules, including submission guidelines, go HERE.

2016 Paul Faherty Tax Writing Competition
Tax Law$3000 to $3999May 13, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.jmls.edu/academics/taxeb/writing-competition.php

Sponsor: John Marshall Law School

Display Date: December 22, 2015

Deadline: May 13, 2016

Essay Topic: The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad—any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit: a paper addressing: a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $3,000

Two (2) Honerable mention papers: $1,000 each

The winning paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center's TaxEB InBrief magazine.

Notes:

For full contest information and submission guidelines see the official contest flyer HERE.

(Dates on flyer are incorrect but contest IS running for 2016)

Eptsein Becker & Green - Health Law Writing Competition
Health Law$4000 to $4999January 25, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.ebglaw.com/health-law-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Eptsein Becker & Green

Display Date: December 15, 2015

Deadline: January 25, 2016

Essay Topic: Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials).

Prize Information:

1st Place: $4,000

2nd Place: $2,000

3rd Place: $500

Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annuals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Notes:

Competition entries are due by January 25, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Serra J. Schlanger in Epstein Becker Green's Washington D.C. office, at (202)861-0900 or ebgcompetition@ebglaw.com

For more information, contest rules, and instructions on submitting a paper go HERE.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition
Food and Drug Law$5000 or moreJune 10, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.fdli.org/resources/academics/h-thomas-austern-memorial-writing-competition

Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Display Date: December 4, 2015

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Essay Topic: The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices and tobacco.

Prize Information:

1st place - $5,000

2nd place - $3,000

3rd place - $1,000

Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Notes:

We do accept submissions that have been submitted to other writing contests, however, if you win FDLI’s competition and are chosen to be published in the Food and Drug Law Journal it must be the first publication that includes your article.

Students should register for submission in our online competition portal; all papers must be submitted within the portal.

For full submission guidelines and contest rules go HERE.

Georgia State 2016 Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
Intellectual Property$3000 to $3999May 2, 2016

Competition Website: http://law.gsu.edu/centers/intellectual-property/writing-competition-page/

Sponsor: Georgia State University College of Law

Display Date: December 4, 2015

Deadline: May 2, 2016

Essay Topic: Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.

Prize Information:

1st Place:  $3,000

2nd Place:  $2,000

3rd Place:  $1,000

Winners will also have the option to have their paper published the Georgia State University Law Review and may present the article at the 2016 Corporate IP Institute (CIPI). CIPI is a 2-day event held each year in Atlanta at the campus of Georgia State University where approximately two hundred IP Professionals gather to discuss current intellecutal property issues, stories, and strategies or corporations.

Notes:

Eligibility Requirments: Individuals who are currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school are eligible to enter. Papers may not have more than one author (no co-authorship).

Entries should be submitted by email to iplaw@gsu.edu no later than May2, 2012, in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format should be emailed to iplaw@gsu.edu.

Papers for the intellectual property writing competition must represent previously unpublished original works. Papers should be 30 to 50 double-spaced pages with footnotes. Each entry must include the name of the individual entrant’s law school, class/program in law school, and contact information (mailing address, telephone number and email address).

For submission guidelines and full contest information go HERE.

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
Education Law$0 to $299July 1, 2011

Competition Website: https://educationlaw.org/ela-award-nominations/george-jay-joseph-award

Sponsor: The Education Law Association in cooperation with the Journal of Law and Education

Display Date: December 4, 2015

Deadline: July 1, 2011

Essay Topic: The subject matter must address one or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education.

Prize Information:

The winner of the competition will be recognized at the Education Law Association's Annual Conference (ELA), and the manuscript will be published in the Journal of Law and Education. Additionally, the winner will be invited to present on the topic of the article at the ELA Annual Conference and receive a commemorative plaque, a year's membership in ELA, waiver of the registration fee for the annual conference, and national recognition via an ELA press release.

Notes:

Works submitted for the competition must not have been previously published and must not be under review elsewhere for publication.

Doctoral dissertations are not eligible. However, manuscripts that synthesize dissertations may be submitted, provided that they meet the specifications.

Format: double-spaced, with 12-point font and one-inch margins, with footnotes on each respective page (rather than at the end) carefully conforming to Blue Book citation style.

Authorship: single-authored by a law student (not LL.M.) or a student in a graduate program in education (not postdoctoral).

Length: between 35 and 55 pages including footnotes.

For submission guidelines go HERE

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Customs & International Trade Law$1000 to $1499May 20, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.citba.org/documents/AndrewPVanceFlyer2016.pdf

Sponsor: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School

Display Date: December 4, 2015

Deadline: May 20, 2016

Essay Topic: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.

Prize Information:

Two prizes will be awarded:

$1,000 first prize

$500 second prize

Awards will be presented at the CITBA's semi-annual dinner in the fall.

Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Notes:

Official contest announcement flyer HERE

  • Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or L.L.M. program at any of the nation's law schools.
  • Submissions should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. The paper shall not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. Papers must include footnotes, not endnotes. Papers should be in 12pt. Times New Roman font and have one-inch margins (right, left, top, and bottom). Noncompliance with these requirements may affect evaluation or result in disqualification. Please include the following on the cover sheet of your paper:
  • Full name, address, and telephone number.
  • Law school and year
  • Date of submission of paper
  • Papers must be electronically submitted to Professor Claire R. Kelly at claire.kelly@brooklaw.edu, no later than May 20, 2016.
  • A committee of practicing attorneys and professors with relevant expertise will judge the papers. The following factors will be considered:
  • Legal analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth of topic
  • Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes, and regulations
  • Writing style
  • Form and quality of citation
  • Conformity with rules of competition

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Law$5000 or moreJuly 1, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Rules

Sponsor: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship, Inc. and The American College of Tax Counsel

Display Date: December 4, 2015

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to full or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.). Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at www.tannenwald.org).

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,500

Provided that the first-prize paper has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, the Foundation has arranged for the publication of such paper in The Florida Tax Review (subject to the normal review and editorial processes of that journal).

Appropriate recognition will also be given to the faculty sponsors of winning papers.

Notes:

Official announcement and rules HERE.

Deadline for submitted papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2016.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Ste. 700, Washington, DC 20001, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski.

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 (nabramo@wcl.american.edu).

Brief-Writing-Award Competition
Legal Writing$0 to $299April 29, 2016

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The American Society of Legal Writers

Display Date: December 1, 2015

Deadline: April 29, 2016

Essay Topic: The Scribes Brief-Writing-Award Committee solicits winning briefs from national moot-court competitions and selects the finest of those winning briefs - the best of the best. The winners are posted on our website each year at www.scribes.org/brief-writing-award.

Prize Information:

This year's winning author or authors will be recognized at the 2016 Scribes Annual Meeting, which will be held during the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago on July 29, 2016. Plaques will be awarded to the authors and their school. Normally, the school pays the authors' expenses to attend the awards ceremony.

Notes:

The competition covers the current school year - September 2015 to May 2016. If one of your moot-court teams wrote the best brief in a national moot-court competition, or wrote the best brief in any preliminary regional competition held before a national competition, please enter the brief into the Scribes 2015 competition. To submit an entry, e-mail an electronic copy of the winning brief no later than April 29, 2016.

1. By April 24, 2016, e-mail an electronic copy of the winning brief to charleb@cooley.edu.

2. The subject line of the e-mail should indicate that it's a Scribes brief nomination from "_____" Law School (the students' law school, not sponsoring law school).

3. The body of the e-mail must include the following information:

  • Name of the competition
  • Place where the brief was named best brief (e.g., "finals," "SW regional")
  • Names of the students who wrote the brief
  • Students' school
  • Name of students' adviser, if any

4. The brief itself cannot include any information that identifies the student authors or their school. Please check the cover page, signature pages, and headers or footers.

5. Submit the brief as a PDF file if possible, although we will accept Word or WordPerfect format if necessary.

6. The brief must be submitted as a single file.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or moreJuly 1, 2016

Competition Website: www.innsofcourt.org

Sponsor: American Inns of Court

Display Date: November 18, 2015

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.

Prize Information:

Winning Prize: $5,000

The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission information see the official contest announcement HERE.

The winning essay will be announced on or before August 31.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999February 12, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Sponsor: American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter

Display Date: November 16, 2015

Deadline: February 12, 2016

Essay Topic: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. The deadline for this year's competition February 12, 2016.  ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include: Civil Liberties Consumer Rights Criminal Justice Disability Rights Protection of Health, Safety, and the Environment Freedom of Speech Privacy Immigration Voting and Political Process Racial Equality Religion Separation of Powers and Federalism Women's Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Freedom LGBT Rights Human Rights Education Indigent Defense Labor Law

Prize Information:

First Prize: $3000

Two Second Place Prizes: $1000 each

Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2016The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

Notes: For full contest rules and submission guidelines see the officila contest flyer HERE.

"Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$5000 or moreMarch 27, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.commoncause.org/issues/voting-and-elections/redistricting/gerrymander-standard-writing-competition.html

Sponsor: Common Cause

Display Date: November 12, 2015

Deadline: March 27, 2016

Essay Topic: We invite legal and social science practitioners, scholars, and students to submit papers proposing a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further developing an existing standard and pairing that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.

Prize Information:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $3000

Third Place: $2000

Publication in a leading academic journal (Election Law Journal) & payment of travel expenses to present papers at a national redistricting reform symposium.

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission information see the official contest flyer HERE.

If you have any questions, contact Dan Vicuna at (213) 623-1216 or contest@commoncause.org.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999June 16, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/pdf/AME%20COL%20WRITING%20COMPETITION%20RULES%202015-2016.pdf

Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law

Display Date: November 12, 2015

Deadline: June 16, 2016

Essay Topic: Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about recent a Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Prize Information:

First Place: $3000

The first place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.


Second Place: $1000

Third Place: $500

Notes: For full contest guidelines and submission details please go to the contest posting HERE.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Family Law$1500 to $1999April 15, 2016

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/resources/essay_contest.html#overview

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Display Date: November 10, 2015

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Essay Topic: The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony (maintenance), attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues. Family Law generally does not include Juvenile Justice, Probate, Labor, Immigration Law, and sociology topics unless those topics are related to more traditional Family Law subjects. Since winning entries may be published in Family Law Quarterly, entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Essays on such subjects usually include citations to the law of several jurisdictions. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1500

Certificate of Recognition as First-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
Letter to Law School Dean
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

2nd Place: $750

Certificate of Recognition as Second-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
Letter to Law School Dean
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

3rd Place: $350

Certificate of Recognition as Third-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
Letter to Law School Dean
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Notes:

For full contest criteria and submission guidelines vist the website HERE.

The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the oustanding thought produced by future attorneys.

If you have any questions regarding the essay contest, please contact: Carrie Darrah of the ABA Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145 or email: carrie.darrah@americanbar.org

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499January 29, 2016

Competition Website: https://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Display Date: November 10, 2015

Deadline: January 29, 2016

Essay Topic: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

Prize Information:

The first place winner receivs $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution.

The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250.

Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook version of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis, and will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review.

Notes:

Eligibility: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Jan. 29, 2016. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

Judges: Papers will be judged by members of the legal profession with an interest in American Indian Law and by the edicors of the American Indian Law Review.

Standards: Papers will be judged on the babsis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.

Form: Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.). The body of the email must contain the author's name, social security number, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. Inquiries may be replied to by email. No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself. All entries must have only one author. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced. Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.

Submission: Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at mwaters@ou.edu by the competition deadline. Entries may be sent as Microsoft Work, WordPerfect, or PDF documents. Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable. If submitting hardcopies, mail them to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019. Please send an email to mwaters@ou.edu on or before the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission.

Contact: Telephone Numbers - (405) 325-2840 and (405) 325-5191; Fax: (405) 325-6282; E-mail: marcelo.pendleton@gmail.com;

2016 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299February 1, 2016

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Display Date: November 10, 2015

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Essay Topic: The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article.

Prize Information:

The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • A full scholarship* to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options
  • Travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
  • Housing at the university dorms
  • Per diem for living expenses

The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE

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