Legal Essay Contest Catalog

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.

16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries

Deadline: January 6, 2015

Essay Topic: The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 17th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, recently added writing competition workshops, a GRAMMY Week scholarship luncheon, and significant panel presentations focusing on relevant and challenging issues with some of the country's most prominent entertainment, intellectual property and copyright attorneys. ELI continues to foster future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Writing Competition Workshops ELI Writing Competition Workshops will be offered at select law schools around the country. For a complete list of workshop dates, competition rules, and deadlines, go to the ELI Page on Facebook or visit For additional information or to set up a writing competition workshop at your school please contact To have a listing of the competition rules emailed to you, send an email to This could be your chance to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Prize Information:


All Winners Receive:

One GRAMMY Awards Show Ticket

Round-Trip Airfare to the GRAMMY Awards

Hotel Accommodations

One MusiCares Person of the Year Ticket

First-Place Winner Receives $5,000

Four Second-Place Winners Receive $1,500


2014-2015 Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Secion

Deadline: March 23, 2015

Essay Topic: Competition rules: Contest opens September 15, 2014. The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. The essay must be the unique creation of the student and may not contain the work of classmates or editors. Students may submit papers previously created for law school academic credit, journals, or other publications. EASL reserves the non-exclusive right to publish the best essay(s) on the EASL website, in its newsletter and/or any other related publications. Essays must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 30 pages, including citations and standard law school submission fonts and font sizes. Submissions must be in PDF format, and include proper citation in accordance with the Harvard Bluebook.

Prize Information:

Prize: There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.


Submission Guidelines: Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015. Students shall submit all entries via e-mail to Brittany Rawlings, Esq. The PDF
must not have the student’s name or any identifying information included within it. Students must pick a four digit number as their identifier and place it in the top left corner of the header so that its visible on all pages of the submission. Under their four-digit identifier, student must also identify the name of their law school.
The PDF should be named with the title of the article and include the four digit identifier. The body of the e-mail must include the student’s name, student’s selfchosen four-digit identifier, graduation year and school.

Judging: Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of
the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations.

For questions, please call: Brittany Rawlings, Esq. at 239-293-4391 For writing submissions only:

2014-2015 Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Entertainment Law

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Essay Topic: Entries may address any aspect 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 care 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, but 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 presented and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple sources.

Prize Information:

1. The College of Labor and Employment Laqyers may award the following prizes: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500.

2. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

3. The names of the authors of the second- and third-place winning articles will be mentioned in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

4. The author of the first-place winning article will be invited as 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.

5. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers may, at its discretion, include a copy of any or all of the prize-winning manuscripts in an issue of its newsletter and/or on its web site.


The competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

Entires will be evaluated on topic selection, legal analysis, quality of research, frequency of detailed and helpful footnotes identifying primary source materials wherever available, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, strength of writing, strength of advocacy of competing viewpoints, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law.

Articles must be submitted to, using the subject line "Writing Competition," by midnight (EST) on May 15, 2015. A separate cover page must be submitted which includes the paper's title, author's name, law school, graduation date, e-mail, street address and telephone number. Although personal information should not appear on the manuscript itself, the title should be clearly visible on at least the first page.

The article should be 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with the footnotes single-spaced and double-spacing between footnotes on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, may not exceed twenty pages. Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents or table of cases. Articles must be submitted as two attachments in both Microsoft Word and PDF documents.

All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition).

Manuscripts must be the origninal work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

No person may submit more than one entry.

The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.

2015 Brief-Writing-Award Competition
Legal Writing$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The American Society of Legal Writers

Deadline: April 24, 2015

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. Last year, the winners were three students from Case Western Reserve University School of Law: Garnett Bowman, Alyssa Dechow, and Del Gile. They won best brief for the 2014 Craven Constitutional Moot-Court Competition. The winners are posted on our website each year at

Prize Information:

This year's winning author or authors will be recognized at the 2015 Scribes Annual Meeting, which will be held during the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago on July 31, 2015. Plaques will be awarded to the authors and their school. Normally, the school pays the authors' expenses to attend the awards ceremony.


The competition covers the current school year - September 2014 to May 2015. 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 me an electronic copy of the winning brief no later than April 24, 2015, following the instructions.

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

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
  • Name of students' adviser, if any

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.

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

The brief must be submitted as a single file.

2015 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Essay Topic: Topic: Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This annual competition encourages lawyers to produce scholarly work in International Human Rights Law.

Prize Information:

The Academy grants two awards - one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. Winners receive a scholarship to attend the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, travel expenses to Washington, D.C., housing at the university dorms, a per dien for living expenses, and articles are eligible for publication in the American University International Law Review.


The Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law will take place from May 26 to June 12, 2015. It will offer 19 courses, which will be taught by more than 40 prominent scholars. In 2014, the program hosted over 150 participants from 20 countries, from varied backgrounds and differing levels of experience. Additional educational opportunities will be available through events of the Academy-sponsored Human Rights Month.

ABA Forum on The Construction Industry Law Student Writing Competition
Construction Law$2000 to $2499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: ABA Forum on The Construction Industy

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Essay Topic: The ABA Forum on Contruction Law is accepting articles for its Law Student Writing Competition. The deadline for the writing submission is January 15.

Prize Information: This competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA-accredited law school during 2014. Students may submit articles on a wide array of topics related to construction law. Articles should reflect the style of articles published in either the forum's The Construction Lawyer magazine or the Under Construction newsletter.


The forum has presented these awards annually since 2010. Senior ABA Forum on Construction Law members will judge the submissions, which will be selected based on creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novelty and timeliness of subject, and quality of research. Winners will receive $2,000, travel expenses and registration for the forum's 2015 Annual Meeting, plaque, a one-year membership in the forum and recognition in the forum's newsletter, Under Construction and on the website; in addition to the opportunity to be published in one of the forum's two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. Other finalists will be recognized with a plaque and in forum publications. Winners will be announced and notified in March. Forum Chair Steven Lesser will present the awards at its 2015 Annual Meeting, April 16-18 in Boca Raton, Fla.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Consumer Financial Services Law$2500 to $2999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Essay Topic: Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Prize Information:

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for

(a) the best book

(b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review

(c) the best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2015 meeting of the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, may be made.


Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2013, and December 1, 2014. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2014. Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format.

The winner will be honored at the annual meeting of the College held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, to be held in San Francisco in April 2015.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. Its members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.

Entries must be submitted in electronic formate that should be sent to:

L. Jean Noonan, Esquire, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair

Hudson Cook, LLP

1020 19th St., NW, 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

More information on the College may be found at:

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: January 30, 2015

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.


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. 30, 2015. 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 (19th 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 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 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:; Website: http://www/

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American Inns of Court

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Essay Topic: The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court. Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

Prize Information:

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.


The submission deadline for the 2015 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2015.

For more information please contact Cindy Dennis:

Cindy Dennis

American Inns of Court

225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770

Alexandria, VA 22314

(800) 233-3590 ext. 104

Fax: (703) 684-3607

ASECAs Annual Writing Competition
Securities Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc.

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Essay Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $5,000

2nd Place: $3,000

3rd Place: $2,000


Students enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the fall semester 2014. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.

Mail two copies of submissions to:


P.O. Box 5767

Washington, DC 20016

All submissions must inlcuded author's name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation. For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

Submissions must be received by November 15, 2014. E-mail submittions will not be accepted. See ASECA website ( for additional information. Questions may be directed to Mitzi Moore, ASECA Executive Director, at or 202-462-1211.

Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA's annual dinner in Washington, DC on February 20, 2015. Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Berkeley Technology Law Journal 2015 Writing Competition
Technology Law$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Berkely Technology Law Journal

Deadline: March 9, 2014

Essay Topic: TOPICS: We will accept submissions from J.D. candidates on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime.

Prize Information:

Aldo J. Test Award for Best Berkeley Law Submission: $1000

Winners will be notified and final results will appear on the Journal's website in late spring. Due to the large number of entries, the Journal cannot contact other entrants.


DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 5pm PST on March 9, 2015.


1. The competition is open to all J.D. candidates.

2. Each student may submit only one entry.

3. Submitted papers must be unpublished. Papers must be no more than 50 pages long, including footnotes. Do NOT use endnotes. Margins should be 1", minimum. Body text must be double-spaced. Font must be Times New Roman or a similar serif font, and 12 point. Footnotes may be 10 point and single-spaced but there should be a space between notes. Citations must conform to the 19th Ed. of The Bluebook. Submissions are judged anonymously, so the author's name should not appear anywhere on the paper.

4. To submit electronically, please send the completed cover sheet and a copy of your paper to Submissions MUST include a signed cover sheet that may be downloaded from the Journal website or at Please submit your paper as a Microsoft Word 1997-2004 compatible document (.doc format).

Brief-Writing Award Competition
Legal Writing$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The American Society of Legal Writers

Deadline: January 16, 2015

Essay Topic: We hope that your journal will enter this year's competition by submitting its outstanding student note or comment that has been, or will be, published between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015. The competition will be judged by the Scribes Law Review Committee. The winning journal and author of the winning note or comment will each receive a plaque.

Prize Information:

Scribes was founded in 1953 with the goal of recognizing legal writers and improving legal writing. Its members consist of judges, lawyers, law professors, and students who served on law reviews or journals. Scribes also publishes its own journal, The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, and offers two national awards in addition to the Law Review Award.

Notes: Please complete the entry form and submit your selection by January 16, 2015. The requirements for the competition are listen on the form.

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

Deadline: November 17, 2014

Essay Topic: As state contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?

Prize Information:

First prize: $5,000

Second prize: $2,500

Third prize: $1,000

Notes: For more information, visit

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Native American Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Essay Topic: The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

Prize Information:

First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.0; and $250.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will also be published in the 2015 Symposium compendium of materials. Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.


The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length. The paper used shall be 8-1/2" x 11" in size. The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on the cover page. Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text. The author's name should appear on the cover page only. Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format. E-mail the formatted version to Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format. Again, the document should be single spaced. The left and right margins must be 2"; the top and bottom margins must be 1/5".

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

Entries must be received no later than April 15, 2015. Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money. Email entries to e-mail

Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
Business Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Michigan State University College of Law Jounal of Business & Securities Law

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Essay Topic: East Lansing, MI - The Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format to by February 20, 2015. All inquiries should be directed to Ashley Byers:

Prize Information: Prize: $500 and publication in the Journal of Business & Securities Law.


Submission Procedure:

If you are a law student at an ABA accredited law school, then submit:

(1) An electronic copy of your article, either as a pdf or as a Word document;

(2) A brief abstract of your article; and

(3) Your curriculum vitae (CV) with complete information.

Eptsein Becker & Green - Health Law Writing Competition
Health Law$4000 to $4999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Eptsein Becker & Green - Health Law Writing Competition

Deadline: January 25, 2015

Essay Topic: Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th 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). 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.

Prize Information:

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

First Place: $4,000; Second Place: $2,000; Third Place: $500.


Competition entries are due by January 25, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Serra J. Schlanger at 202-861-0900 or

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Disability Law$1500 to $1999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Essay Topic: Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Prize Information:

The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR's editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner. By submitting a paper to this competition, the author grants Thomas Jefferson School of Law the right to edit, as necessary, and publish that paper in the TJLR.


The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

Submissions should be appropriate for law review publication. Citations should conform to the citation style most frequently used by the student's discipline. For example, law student manuscripts should employ the current edition of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Footnotes should be single-spaced. One inch margins are required. Pages should be numbered. A cover page must be provided that includes: author name; contact information; school; and the academic degree currently pursued by the student. Submissions must not exceed 35 pages in length, including citations, any figures or tables, and the cover page. The paper title should appear on the first full page of text. Identifying information, including student name, should not appear on any page other than the cover page.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Judging will be on the basis of the folling criteria: 1) thesis originality; 2) topic complexity; 3) research quality; 4) organization and analysis; 5) writing quality.

The written submission shall be an original work of a single author not previously published or under consideration for publication. The work must be produced in conjunction with course work toward a degree or under the supervision of a faculty member at the student's home institution.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp:

INTA's 2015 Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Trademark Law$2000 to $2499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Ladas and Parry LLP

Deadline: February 6, 2015

Essay Topic: The award is presented every year for the best student and professional paper on trademark law or a matter that directly related to or affects trademarks.

Prize Information: Award winners will be announced in April 2015. The student category winners will each receive U.S. $2,500 and a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting. The professional category winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting and a set of Stephen P. Ladas's three-volume treatise, Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights. Winning papers are also published in INTA's legal journal, The Trademark Reporter.


Eligible students must be enrolled as either full- or part-time law or graduate students. For students outside the Unitest States, university enrollment is acceptable. The top two papers will be selected as award recipients.

Authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions apply regarding level of experience of years in practice.

Complete the online application and submit your paper for consideration. Please visit or email with questions.

Interleges Award 2015 in memory of Stephen Rayner
Human Rights Law$2000 to $2499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: the Interleges Network

Deadline: March 20, 2015

Essay Topic: TOPIC: Transnational adjudication of human rights violations: national tribunals as an alternative to international courts. The essay should address one of the following sets of issues: 1. Can and do national courts provide different or increased remedies to victims of human rights violations as compared to international courts? Are national courts available to enforce the decisions of international courts and how effective are such efforts? Include an evaluation of the reported remedies for such victims, and suggest improvements. 2. Compare the recent trends in courts of such countries as the United States to reduce the availability of their courts for international human rights violations with the trends in the courts of such countries as Spand and Italy to provide an effective forum for such matters. Include an analysis of what role if any differences between the common law and civil law systems affect both the availability of national forums and remedies, and the willingness of the various national judiciaries to undertake a generous reception of international human rights claims. 3. Examine the right of access of alleged victims of human rights violations to the national courts of various countries where defendants have financial resources that might be applied to judement rendered in favor of such claimants. To what extent do national courts enforce the judgements of other countries in favor of human rights victims? To what extent if any do the doctrines of comity vary between common law and civil law jurisdictions in their reception of foreign judgements in favor of human rights victims.

Prize Information:

PRIZE MONEY: € 4,000.00

The winner will also be invited to attend part of the Interleges Annual General Meeting 2015 to receive the award, which takes place in New York 14 -17 May 2015.


DEADLINE: Friday 20 March 2015

WORD LIMIT: 8,000 words, in English (not including footnotes)

For full award details and specificatons please visit

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
Civil Litigation$2000 to $2499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Essay Topic: The International Association of Defense Counsel invites you to participate in its 2015 Legal Writing Contest. The IADC is a professional association that has been serving an invitation-only membershi of international corporate and insurance civil defense lawyers since 1920. Prize-winning articles and honorable mentions will be considered for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal, the IADC's quarterly academic publication that reaches a broad legal audience from around the world. Subject Matter: Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.

Prize Information: Monetary Awards: Monetary awards will be made as follows: US$2,000 to first place, US$1,000 to second place, and US$500 to third place. Honorary mentions receive no monetary awards.


Eligibility: The International Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools.

Authorship and Publication: Entries must be certified by the entrant on the IADC entry form to be the original and sole work of the entrant. At the time of submission, the entry must not have been published or accepted for publication, and the author must be free to execute the assignment of copyright to IADC referred to in Rule 7.

Judging: The contest will be judged by a committee of the IADC, whose decisions will be final. In addition to the monetary award winners, the judges may designate entries worthy of honorable mention.

Judging Standards: Articles will be judged on the following factors: (1) the choice of the subject matter, as measured by its significance, international or national relevance, and timeliness; (2) the amount of work and effort, as measured by the entry's comprehensiveness and analysis; (3) the quality of the legal analysis, as measured by its objectivity and balance; and (4) the writing quality, as measured by clarity of expression, brevity, and literary construction. Entrants also should consider the points made in the contest guidelines.

Plaques and Publication: Authors of monetary award articles and of those awarded honorable mention will receive commemorative plaques, and their articles will be made available for publication in Defense Counsel Journal, IADC's quarterly law review. At the time of submission, entrants must execute the assignment of copyright in the entry certificate. IADC will copyright articles published in Defense Counsel Journal, but release the copyright assignment back to entrants whose works are not published. Acceptance for publication in any publication other than Defense Counsel Journal prior to notice to the author of an award in this contest will disqualify the entry. Entrants are expected to notify IADC promptly of such prior acceptance by another publication.

Subscription: A year's subscription to Defense Counsel Journal will be given to all contestants who meet the qualifications for entry in this contest.

Deadline for 2015 Entries: Entries must be received on or before Friday, May 15, 2015.

Directions for Transmission: Entries, together with the completed entry form, must be sent to the International Association of Defense Counsel, via electronic mail to Melisa Maisel at

International Journal of Trends in Economics Management & Technology USA Call for Papers
Technology Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: IJTEMT

Deadline: January 17, 2015

Essay Topic: Subject Category: Economics, Management & Technology. International Journal of Trends in Economics Management and Technology (IJTEMT) invites you to submit your research/review papers for reviewing as well as publication in Volume IV, Issue I (Janurary 2015) of IJTEMT, on topics broadly of Economics, Management, Technology, Science, Engineering, E-Commerce, Education, and related academic disciplines. The submission can be made via email attachment to or by visiting our submission page:

Prize Information:

Review Results (Acceptance/Rejection) Notification: Within two weeks after submitting manuscript.

Notes: Visit

James E. Beckley Writing Competition
Securities Arbitration$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

Deadline: September 19, 2014

Essay Topic: Teh submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.

Prize Information:


First place: $1,000.00

Second place: $750.00

Third place: $500.00


The Piaba Bar Journal Board-of-Editors publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.


Contest. This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundatoin. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.

Eligibility. The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. Employees of PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.

Authorship. The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners. Except for any discusions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student's professor, the author must avoid collaboration wtih other students. If the paper is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the paper along with a partner, the student may submit the paper but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author. Only those parts of the paper will be evaluated. Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.

Criteria and Judging. All entries will be judged anonymously by the Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). The PIABA Foundatoin will notify the award winner(s) in early October. The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with legal writing standards and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form. Stong preference will be given to articles that advocate pro-investor positions, provide updates on or surveys of securities or ADR law, and/or are consistent with The PIABA Foundation's mission of promoting the education and interests of the public investor in securities and commodities arbitration, protecting public investors from abuses in the arbitration process, and making securities and comodities arbitration fair through legislative reforms to arbitration forum providers.

Purposes of the James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition. The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the fields of securities arbitration and securities law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.

Format. Submissions should be on one of the topics listed above. The text of a submission must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. Any Question(s) Presented section, the Statement of the Facts / Statement of the Law section, the Argument section, and/or the Conclusion together are limited to 25 pages. If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated. Submissions will not be penalized for arguing a position that would limit investor rights rather than expand them.

To Enter. Entries must be received via e-mail at with the subject heading, "2014 Writing Competition" and the required entry form, or through no later than midnight, September 19, 2014. The contestant's name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The PIABA Foundation will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant's identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry. The form and these rules also appear on The PIABA Foundation website. From the home page select 2014 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition.

Deadline. September 19, 2014. The first place winner is invited to accept the James E. Beckley Writing Competition in-person during the President's Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 23, 2014. 2nd - 3rd places, and Honorable Mention(s) are accounced at that time as well.

Law Firm Marketing Ideas Scholarship
Technology Law$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: James Bellefeuille

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Essay Topic: The Writing Challenge: What is your great law firm marketing idea? Some questions to consider: How do you feel about starting a law firm out of law school as an alternative career path instead of pursuing big law? If you did start a law firm out of college, what do you intend to practice? How would you market your firm differently from law firms currently marketing in your area? Review attorney advertising and marketing in your area for your selected practice type. Describe your feeling and thoughts regarding the law firm's you reviewed? Would you hire any of them? Are there any firms that you wouldn't hire? Why or why not? How can you improve access to justice through marketing and technology? What challenges are presented by this strategy?

Prize Information:

Award Information:

  • Deadline in July 31st, 2015
  • All materials submitted.
  • We will award the applicant on August 1st, 2015 and send a check directly to their law school on behalf of the student.


This is why I am challening today's law school students to think differently for this writing competition for a chance at a $1,000 law school scholarship for 2015-2016.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Accepted or Attending an ABA Accredited Law School.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Write a 1-3 page essay

Law School Essay Contest 2014-15
Animal Law$2500 to $2999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Essay Topic: Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of one of the two following topics: 1. Beginning March 2015, retailers that the retailer has obtained from animal control centers, animal care facilities, government-operated shelters, humane societies or rescue organizations. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 4-384-015, Municipal Code of Chicago). OR 2. Los Angeles County has adopted an ordinance requiring all cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered after a certain age, with a few specific exemptions allowed. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 10.08.155, Los Angeles County Code). These topics were chosen for their timeliness and potential for development of a scholarly constitutional analysis.

Prize Information:

1st Place - $2500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2015*

2nd Place - $1000 cash prize

*The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will select the air carrier, hotel and ground transportation to allow the 1st place winner to atten the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA) annual meeting. Only travel expenses pre-approved by AVMA will be reimbursed.


Participants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school located in the United States. Entrants may participate in the writing of only one entry per contest. The names of entrants will be held in confidence until judging of articles has been completed.

Entries must contain origninal work done exclusively by a single author. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.

  • Double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11 inch size papers with one-inch margins
  • Paper typed in 12-pt. Times New Roman font
  • Sent via email as word document attachment
  • 10-20 pages in length
  • Include single-spaced 10-pt. Times New Roman font footnotes (not endnotes)
  • Use citation format commonly used in your individual discipline

Entrants are required to complete and return a cover sheet and certification page with his or her essay, which includes:

  • Entrant's full name, address (mail and e-mail), and telephone number
  • Name of school and year of study
  • Date of submission of paper
  • Certification that the submission is original, has not had prior publication in any form. it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere, and that the entrant transfers all rights, title, and ownership interests in the submission to the sponsors.

*Submissions that do not comply with all of the requirements above will not be accepted.

Papers must be received no later than Noon CST on February 15, 2015. Papers must be submitted via e-mail to Papers transmitted or sent in any other form will not be considered.


  • Cover Sheet & Certification Page
  • Paper analysis of one of the specified topics listed

A committee with relevant experience will judge the papers. All points of view are welcome. The following factors will be considered: thoroughness and depth of analysis, originality, discussion of conclusions and future impact, quality of research, writing style, form and quality of citations, and conformity with rules of the competition. The decisions of the judges is final.

The winners will be notified by April 1, 2015. First and second place winning submissions will be published on the American Veterinary Medical Association's website and annoyced through various communication channels of the supporting sponsors.

Law Student Writing Competition
Human Rights Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness

Deadline: January 16, 2015

Essay Topic: Individual Liberty * Property Rights * Limited Government

Prize Information:

Cash prizes to be won. Winner presented at PLF's Annual Gala.


DEADLINE: January 16, 2015.

Open to all full- or part-time law students.

Rules & Info:


Sponsored by PLF's Program for Judicial Awareness

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
Legislation$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Essay Topic: To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful. Eligibility and Topic: J.D. Students - Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses.

Prize Information:

1st Place: Cash prize $500; Blog publication; Newsleter circulation; Email announcement.

2nd Place: Cash prize $200; Blog publication.

3rd Place: Blog publication.


Parameters: Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples; Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion; Citations should be inline - no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged; 1,500 - 2,500 words, written in a blog post format.

Submission must include: Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last); Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number; Author photo (recommended) in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format with a maximum file size of 1MB. Image size; Must be at least 150 x 200 pixels; School name and mailing address; A .doc or .docx file of your article; A valid .edu email.

Judging: The Expert Institute editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial lawyers will judge the contest. Factors that will be considered during judgement include: Clarity, style, and poise of writing; Originality of topic; Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis; Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999

Competition Website: http:

Sponsor: Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Institute for Law and the Workplace

Deadline: February 20, 2014

Essay Topic: Topic: Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

Prize Information:

Awards: One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic version of winning papers will be required.)


Requirements & Eligibility: Entries must be the law student author's own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2014 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

Format: Entires must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must be printed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper and must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times New Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins.

An entry consists of three copies of each paper, submitted as a packet with three removable cover sheets indicating the law student author's name, address, telephone number, email address, law school, paper title, labor and employment law course work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

Judging: Entries will be blind-judged by an independent panel of law professors from across the United States. The determination of the judges' panel is final. Neither Jackson Lewis LLP nor the Institute for Law and the Workplace will be involved in judging the competition.

Submission: The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries should be mailed to:

Lous Jackson Writing Competition

c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Illinois Institute of Technology

565 West Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60661-3691

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Health Care Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law

Deadline: January 2, 2015

Essay Topic: In 2015, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill. 2015 Contest Question: There is a growing consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionals' efforts to reduce the current waste inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

Prize Information:

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250

Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident -- $250


Applicant and Paper Criteria

  1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
  2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
  3. The submitted paper must be responsive to the 2015 Contest Question.
  4. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.


  1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
  2. No abstract is required.
  3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
  4. All paper are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be doubl-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
  5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author's name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
  6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
  7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.


  1. All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.
  3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria: responsiveness to the competition question, originality and thoughtfulness, quality of analysis, quality of writing, citation of authority supporting arguments.

Deadline and Submission:

  1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.
  2. Papers must be submitted electronically to
  3. Direct questions to: Mollie and Paul Hill Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 323206-4300; Phone: 850-645-9373; Web:; Email:
  4. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2015.

National Bankruptcy Forum Annual Essay Contest
Bankruptcy Law$1500 to $1999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: National Bankruptcy Forum

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Essay Topic: Student debt is one of the biggest issues facfed by the American consumer, and there have been numerous legislative initiatives proposed to address the problem. How do you think we should deal with the student load crisis? Scholarship applicants should submit an essay arguing how best to solve America's student load problem. The winning submission will be published to the National Bankruptcy Forum website.

Prize Information:

The winner will be awarded with a $1,500 scholarship that can be applied towards law school or college tuition.


Essay Requirements:

  • Submitted work must be at least 2,000 words
  • Submissions are due by November 15th
  • Submissions can be sent using the submission form on the NFB website


  • Recipient must be a law school or college student
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen or legal resident

The winner will be announced by December 1st 2014.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Legal Ethics$2500 to $2999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 24, 2015

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.


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 24, 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



Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson
Criminal Procedure$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: University of Missouri Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

Deadline: February 13, 2015

Essay Topic: Topic: Submissions must bear some relationship to the upcoming Missouri Law School symposium entitled "Policing, Protesting, and Perception: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson." Papers can consider the events in Ferguson and elsewhere in the nation from the perspective of civil rights, police-community relationships, police perceptions of individuals, protests and/or civil disobedience. Essays can be historical (for example, submissions could consider the history of the legal response to social unrest in this country, dating back to the 1968 Kerner Commission report to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in the wake of the Watts Riots), process-oriented (for example, authors could analyze the evolution and legitimacy of hearings in front of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights) or psycho-social nature (for example, papers should discuss the value of having a forum in which to speak and be heard). All submissions must incorporate either a conflict resolution (sometimes called "peace studies") or dispute resolution perspective so as to provide some guidance on how to address the outstanding problems and tensions in a useful manner. For example, authors might consider whether and to what extent communities might wish to adopt certain procedures that are often seen in dispute resolution (such as mediation or conciliation) in order to facilitate discussions with local police forces. Alternatively, authors can take look at the genesis of the problem using a conflict studies/peace studies approach.

Prize Information:

The writing competition features a $700 prize for the competition winner, a $100 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner. Prizes are sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor's Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.



The writing competition is open to all persons enrolled on February 1, 2015, in an ABA-accredited law school to pursue a degree in law (including the J.D., LL.B., LL.M., or S.J.D.). Applicants may be of any nationality. Papers that have been accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must be in English and should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length. The style of the paper will be that of "op-ed" (opinion editorial) piece. However, the strongest submissions will include references to legal authorities as necessary. Any citations should appear in the body of the submission and will be included in the total word count.

The text of the paper must be typed with double spaces pages in 12 point Times New Roman front (or similarly legible typeface) and 1-inch margins. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author's name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

A separate document should be provided including (1) the author's full name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) degree-granting institution where the author is enrolled, as well as the degree sought and the anticipated year of graduation; (3) the title of the submission; and (4) the date of the submission.

Papers must be electronically submitted to:

Laura Coleman

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

University of Missouri School of Law

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: July 1, 2015

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. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

Prize Information:

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.


Deadline for submitted papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2015.

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 (

Technology Law National Writing Competition
Technology Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT)

Deadline: January 18, 2015

Essay Topic: The submissions must be on a topic that comments on technology and the law.

Prize Information:

The first place winner will be awarded $1500, second place $700, one Richmond student will be guaranteed $300 (the Rick Klau prize).

Notes: Contact: Laura M. Bedson, Editor-in-Chief Vol. XXI,

The 2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Professional Responsibility$2000 to $2499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Essay Topic: This year's hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm's computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client's confidential information.

Prize Information:

The winner of the Mendrzycki Essay Contest will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in April 2015, which will include free admission to the Committee's National Legal Malpractice Conference, attendance at the Committee dinner and the prize presentation. The contest is supported by Long & Levit LLP.

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 February 20, 2015. Law students wishing to enroll may do so at or by calling 800-285-2220.

The 2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Environmental/Land Use Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: R. Ben Hogan, III, of Hogan Law Office, PC and Gerson H. Smoger & Associates

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The Impact of "Corporate Personhood" on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections? Essays may focus on these or other questions: Limits on the corporate right to advertise Political speech rights for corporations Substantive due process for coporations

Prize Information:

Win $5,000 Cash


DEADLINE: Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2015, to Amanda Fleming at

The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII
Native American Law$1500 to $1999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Oklahomo Supreme Court & the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc.

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Essay Topic: We invite papers on any issue concerning Native American law.

Prize Information: Cash awards will be given in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $750.00 for the best three original and unpublished papers.


Please submit papers no later than MAT 1, 2015 by email to: Submisions will only be accepted in Word or Word Perfect format by e-mail. The paper should be single-spaced and in footnote form. All citations should conform to the latest Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (405) 556-9371.

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