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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.

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International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/2016InternationalHumanitarianLawStudentWritingCompetition.cfm

Sponsor: The Center for Human Rights & Hamanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Leiber Society

Deadline: October 5, 2016

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The theme of the 2016 Competition is "Refugee Protections under International Humanitarian Law." Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with refugee issues, such as status, how refugee protections are affected by issues of gender, race, class, and nationality, the impact of IHL on resettlement and statelessness, etc. Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed.

Prize Information:

The winning author will receive a complimentary one-year ASIL student membership and have the opportunity to have their abstract published in the renowed Human Rights Brief, AUWCL's premire human rights publication. The winner will also appear in a video presenation to be featured as part of the Center's Teaching International Law Initiative.

Notes:

Papers must be written by students currently enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. or foreign law school as of the submission deadline. Submissions must be unpublished academic papers written solely by the candidate in English.

For competition rules and submission guidelines go HERE.

James E. Beckley Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition

Sponsor: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

Deadline: September 16, 2016

Essay Topic: The 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. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

Prize Information:

Prize awards:

1st place: $1,000.00

2nd place: $750.00

3rd place: $500.00

Notes:

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 The PIABA Foundation and PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.

For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2016

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:

Prize depends on particular work submitted.

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

Books - $2,500

Articles, Review, Book Chapters - $2,000

Student Papers - $1,000

Plus travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Notes:

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2016, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format.

For more information go HERE.

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest

Competition Website: https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2016

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 $2000; Blog publication; Newsletter circulation; Email announcement.

2nd Place: Blog publication.

3rd Place: Blog publication.

Notes:

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.

For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE.

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July 2016

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Law Student Writing Competition
Financial Regulation$3000 to $3999July 2016

Competition Website: http://cfcbar.org/upload/COFC-Writing-Competition-Rules-2015-16.pdf

Sponsor: The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA)

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Essay Topic: Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The cases before the Court are diverse. They include (but are not limited to) disputes concerning tax refunds, contracts with the government, Fifth Amendment takings (which frequently raise environmental and natural resource issues), federal civilian and military pay, intellectual property (including use by the government or its contractors of technology protected by patents or copyrights), Native American rights, federal procurement "bid protests," and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Prize Information:

First Prize $3,500

The winner will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be published on the website of the Association. In addition, the Association may support other publication opportunities, including publication in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.

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

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest
Law & Society$0 to $299July 2016

Competition Website: http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Essay Topic: Suggested Topics:  ​Cybersecurity Issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices Election 2016 Coverage Tax Issues Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accomodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Prize Information:

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.  No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.

  • Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.

  • Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

  • Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.

  • All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).

Articles will be judged by NLR staff members on the basis of readability, clarity, organization, and timeliness. Tone should be authoritative, but not overly formal. Ideally, articles should be straightforward and practical, containing useful information of interest to legal and business professionals.

Notes: For full submission guidelines and requirements go HERE.

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

Competition Website: None

Sponsor: National Institute for Military Justice (NIMJ)

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.

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Law$5000 or moreJuly 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

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).

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

Competition Website: www.innsofcourt.org

Sponsor: American Inns of Court

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.

Jacques Leroy International Prize in Business & Human Rights
Human Rights Law$1000 to $1499July 2016

Competition Website: http://www.uianet.org

Sponsor: Union Internationale Des Avocats

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Essay Topic: Students who wish to compete for this prize must send a dissertation (plea, study, commentary of a practical case) that deals with the theme: "Impacts of Climate Change on Human Rights: What solutions are companies offering?"

Prize Information:

Prize: € 1000

plus free registration for the 2016 UIA congress in Budapest (Hungary) from October 28 to November 1, 2016. Travel costs and accomodation will be provided, as well as a year's free membership in the UIA for the calendar year following the award of the prize.

Notes:

Send your submission to the UIA (uiacentre@uianet.org) no later than July 31, 2016.

Candidates must send the UIA a file containing the following information:

  • the written entry, which must be between 15,000 and 20,000 characters long; in the form of a trial argument, dissertation, study or commentary on a practical case, based on solid legal reasoning.
  • a summary presentation of the entry in 2,000 characters;
  • a letter introducing the candidate written by one of the candidate's University law professors;
  • proof of enrollment (photocopy of a valid student ID card or a certificate issued by the University);
  • a curriculum vitae

Entries may be written in English, French or Spanish.

The competition is open to all law students under 30.

George Hutchinson Writing Competition
The Judiciary$3000 to $3999July 2016

Competition Website: https://fedcirbar.org/Portals/0/File%20Manager/Membership/Committees/Hutchinson%20Writing%20Contest/hutchinson-writing-contest.pdf?ver=2016-02-17-142505-333

Sponsor: Federal Circuit Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Entries to the contest may discuss any topice that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Court.

Prize Information:

Prize: $3,000

Second and third place cash prizes may also be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Winners will be publicly announced at the FCBA’s November 2016 Annual Dinner inWashington, D.C. It is contemplated that the prize-winning paper will be published in theFederal Circuit BarJournal. All decisions of the judges are final.

In addition,the winner will receive significant favorable publicity among all members of FCBA.

Notes:

The competition is open to all law students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools. We permit and encourage students to base their entries on papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2015/2016 school year. The competition is open for the entire school year so that papers prepared during the most recent Fall or Spring semester can be eligible.
For full contest guidelines and submission instructions see the official contest flyer HERE.

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
Education Law$0 to $299July 2016

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

Deadline: July 1, 2016

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

Eighth Annual Animal Law Student Writing Competition
Animal Law$1000 to $1499July 2016

Sponsor: The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1,000 a certificate of achievement.

2nd Place: $500 a certificate of achievement.

Notes: For more information, contest rules and submission guidelines see the contest flyer HERE.

August 2016

International and comparative disaster law essay contest
International Humanitarian Law$300 to $999August 2016

Competition Website: http://www.ifrc.org/PageFiles/181487/Announcement%20disaster%20law%20essay%20contest%20%2831%20Mar%29.pdf

Sponsor: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies & American Society of International Law

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Essay Topic: Scholarship about legal and regulatory frameworks for reducing disaster risks, responding to disasters and recovering from them, is still in its infancy. Yet states are increasingly turning to legal tools to fight disasters, at the national, regional and international levels. Are they learning from each other about what works well and what does not? Are international instruments meeting their potential to increase cooperation in disaster risk management and humanitarian response? This essay contest aims to stimulate creative thinking and analysis about disaster law in a comparative and/or international perspective.

Prize Information:

First Prize $500 Swiss Francs (approx. 500 U.S. Dollars)

Notes:

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

Contest flyer also includes a number of suggested topics for essays.

National Moot Court Problem-Writing Competition
Legal Writing$2000 to $2499August 2016

Competition Website: http://www.nyumootcourt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Moot-Court-Problem-Writing-Competition-Rules-2016.pdf

Sponsor: NYU LAW Moot Court Board

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Any complete Moot Court Problem, as defined in these Rules, may be submitted for the Competition if it: (a)was written entirely by currently enrolled, full - or part - time students enrolled in a JD, LLM, JSD, or PhD program (hereinafter “Problem Authors”), at the same or at different accredited law schools, but not at the New York University School of Law; (b)considers only unresolved issues of law which, at the time of the Closing Date, have not been preempted by legislation, nor granted review by the highest court with jurisdiction over the legal issue (State or Federal); and, (c) has not had either the Bench Memo or briefs based on that problem published in a public forum (a publication accessible to law students or on the public internet). The Record may be published in a public forum, as may limited descriptions of the contents of the Record.

Prize Information:

1st Prize:  $2,000
2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize:  $500

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

Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Legal Writing$5000 or moreAugust 2016

Competition Website: http://www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: August 19, 2016

Essay Topic: This year there is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

Prize Information:

1st Place $10,000

Other monetary awards may also be awarded at the descretion of the contest sponsers.

Notes:

Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B. degree is eligible to receive the Award.

For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

September 2016

Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Legal Ethics$2000 to $2499September 2016

Competition Website: http://www.delawarebarfoundation.org/stargatt-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Delaware Bar Foundation

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Essay Topic: In keeping with Bruce Stargatt’s keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description,the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author’s discretion.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2000

2nd Prize: $1000

3rd Prize: $500

The first place paper will be published in “Delaware Lawyer” magazine (a publication of the Delaware Bar Foundation, distributed quarterly without charge to all members of the Delaware Bar). The author of the first place paper will be invited to receive his or her prize at the Delaware State Bar Association/Delaware Bar Foundation seminar in Wilmington in October 2016. Prizes will not be awarded if the judges determine that no entry meets the appropriate standards.

Notes:

Eligibility: The competition is open to (i) law students (undergraduate or graduate) at, and 2016 graduates of, Delaware Law School, (ii) law students or 2016 law school graduates who graduated from a high school or college in Delaware, and
(iii) law school graduates who have registered for or have taken the 2016 Delaware Bar Examination.
For full rules and submission guidelines see the contest announcement flyer HERE.

James E. Beckley Writing Competition
Securities Arbitration$1000 to $1499September 2016

Competition Website: http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition

Sponsor: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

Deadline: September 16, 2016

Essay Topic: The 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. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

Prize Information:

Prize awards:

1st place: $1,000.00

2nd place: $750.00

3rd place: $500.00

Notes:

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 The PIABA Foundation and PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.

For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

October 2016

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299October 2016

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/2016InternationalHumanitarianLawStudentWritingCompetition.cfm

Sponsor: The Center for Human Rights & Hamanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Leiber Society

Deadline: October 5, 2016

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The theme of the 2016 Competition is "Refugee Protections under International Humanitarian Law." Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with refugee issues, such as status, how refugee protections are affected by issues of gender, race, class, and nationality, the impact of IHL on resettlement and statelessness, etc. Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed.

Prize Information:

The winning author will receive a complimentary one-year ASIL student membership and have the opportunity to have their abstract published in the renowed Human Rights Brief, AUWCL's premire human rights publication. The winner will also appear in a video presenation to be featured as part of the Center's Teaching International Law Initiative.

Notes:

Papers must be written by students currently enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. or foreign law school as of the submission deadline. Submissions must be unpublished academic papers written solely by the candidate in English.

For competition rules and submission guidelines go HERE.

November 2016

ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition
Securities Law$5000 or moreNovember 2016

Competition Website: http://www.secalumni.org/writing-competition

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

Deadline: November 12, 2016

Essay Topic: Papers may address any subject in the field of securities law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $3,000

3rd Prize: $2,000

Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on February 24, 2017.  Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Notes:

Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2016 fall semester. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2016, and papers scheduled for publication in 2016 or 2017 are eligible for submission.

All submissions must include 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.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines go HERE.

December 2016

The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Legal Writing$2000 to $2499December 2016

Competition Website: https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Essay Topic: J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses

Prize Information:

1st prize: $2,000

In addition, your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

Notes:

For full contest information and the submission form and criteria go HERE.

Articles must be 1,500 – 2,500 words in length, and written in a blog post format.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Consumer Financial Services Law$1000 to $1499December 2016

Competition Website: http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2016

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:

Prize depends on particular work submitted.

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

Books - $2,500

Articles, Review, Book Chapters - $2,000

Student Papers - $1,000

Plus travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Notes:

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2016, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format.

For more information go HERE.

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Law$2000 to $2499December 2016

Competition Website: http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/

Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

Deadline: December 2, 2016

Essay Topic: The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states. Though each state’s alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol. Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways? Should they be?

Prize Information:

First prize: $2,500

Second prize: $1,250

Third prize: $500

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

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
Legislation$1500 to $1999December 2016

Competition Website: https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2016

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 $2000; Blog publication; Newsletter circulation; Email announcement.

2nd Place: Blog publication.

3rd Place: Blog publication.

Notes:

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.

For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE.


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