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 4, 2014

Essay Topic: The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote the discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 16th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competitoin, 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.

Prize Information:

The grad prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and the four runners-up each receive $1,500 scholarships. The winners are also flown to Los Angeles where they are honored at the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon in front of an audience comprised of some of the top entertainment attorneys in the country. The winners also attend GRAMMY week events including the GRAMMY Awards telecast, and The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute.


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

Please contact Loren Fishbein with any questions - (310) 392-3777 or

1st Annual National Moot Court Competition
Religion$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Touro Law Center

Deadline: April 10, 2014

Essay Topic: Touro Law Center is pleased to announce the new national Moot Court Competition in Religion and The Law. The semi-final and final rounds of the competition will take place at the Alfonse O'Amato Federal Courthouse, located directly across the street from Touro Law Center in Central Islip, NY. Awards will be presented to individuals and teams for first and second place, for top three best briefs, and top six best oralists. Accommodations will be available within walking distance of the law school and the courthouse. Touro Law is located within an hour of New York City and the metropolitan airports.

Prize Information:

United States District Court Judges and Magistrate Judges of the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip will be judging the semi-final rounds.

Notes: Law Schools interested in participating should contact Cristina Knorr, Moot Court Editor-in-Chief at or by phone at (631) 761-7173 or Heather Melniker, Faculty Director of Moot Court at

2013-2014 Business Law Practice Note Competition
Business Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Business Law Section of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Essay Topic: Practice Notes shall be on a subject of interest to Virginia business lawyers and may focus on current legal issues, practical concerns to business lawyers or developments in the law. Suggested topics may include corporate finance, securities law, commercial transactions, creditors' rights, business entities, contractual relationships, indemnification, business regulation, and mergers and acquisitions. For examples of Business Law Practice Notes, see the Business Law Section's website:

Prize Information: The winning entry will receive a $400 award and an invitation to attend and be recognized at an event held by the Business Law Section or the Bar Association of the City of Richmond. The First Runner Up will receive a $100 award and an invitation to attend and be recognized at an event held by the Business Law Section or the Bar Association of the City of Richmond. The Practice Note and resume of the Winner and the First Runner Up will be disseminated to all members of the Business Law Section.


Regularly enrolled Law Students at Virginia Law Schools are eligible to submit a Practice Note to the Business Law Section of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.

Submissions shall be the original work of the Law Student and shall be no longer than 500 words.

All submissions will become the property of the Business Law Section and may be distributed to the members of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond or published in its publications.

The submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, clarity of writing and usefulness to the members of the Business Law Section. The decision of the Awards Committee of the Business Law Section will be made on or before April 1, 2014 and will be final. Only winners will be notified.

Submissions shall be made on or before February 1, 2014, to: Gregory R. Bishop, Williams Mullen, 200 South 10th Street, Suite 1600, P.O. Box 1320 (23218), Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by email to: and shall include:

The Law Student's resume, including at a minimum name, address, contact information, Law School and class;

The Practice Note; and

The following statement signed by the Law Student:

"The enclosed Practice Note is my own work and is submitted as an entry in the 2013-2014 Business Law Practice Note Competition conducted by the Business Law Section of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond. I have read the Rules of the competition and understand that the decision of the Awards Committee of the Business Law Section is final. The Bar Association of the City of Richmond and its Business Law Section are hereby granted rights to use my submission in any way they deem appropriate including without limitation publication and dissemination to their members in any form."

Submissions will not be returned to the submitting Law Students.

2013 College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Compensation
Workers Compensation$1500 to $1999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers' compensation law. Students are encouraged to present: a policy issue; a critique of a leading case or doctrine; or a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.

Prize Information:


First prize - $1,500, plus $1000 to winner's law school scholarship fund

Second price - $1,000.00

Third prize - $500.00

The winner's article will also be considered for publication in the Workers' First Watch. The Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) magazine, and the ABA tort and Insurance Practice Section Law Journal. The winner will also be invited (expenses paid) to the Annual College Induction Dinner to be honored during the program.


1. Articles must be original from the applicant and limited to one entry. Articles must not presently be under sondiferationfor any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

2. All articles are to be submitted in the following format:

  • Submitted by email (no author name in body of article, only in cover letter) to (Please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line.);
  • All articles are to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2014;
  • Double-spaced, on 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;
  • Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length (including bottom of page footnotes);
  • Citations are to conform to "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Bluebook".

3. If published by the College, the articles become the property of the College. No submitted article may be published elsewhere until after announcement of the winners of the competition. Announcement of the winners will be made at least 30 days in advance of the Annual College Induction Dinner, Spring 2014.

4. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address and phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation.

5. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school or submit entry within 60 days of graduation.


The evaluation standards will be organization, quality of research, depth, originality of analysis, clarity of style and readability. The College reserves the right not to award and/or to reject any or all submissions.

2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest
Legal Ethics$5000 or more

Competition Website: http://bit/ly/Levit2014

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability & Long & Levit LLP

Deadline: January 21, 2014

Essay Topic: The LPL Committee sponsors the contest annually to generate interest and ideas among law students and young lawyers on the topics of interest in the area of lawyers' professional liability. This year's contest hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.

Prize Information:

The winner of the Levit Essay Contest will be awarded a cash prise of $5,000, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Boston, MA, in April 2014, 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.


The essay contest is accepting entries now. Entries must be received either electronically or postmarked by February 21, 2014. Contest rules and information, as well as the contest hypothetical, are posted online at http://ambar/org/LPLLevitEssay.

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 21, 2014. Law students wishing to enroll may do so at, or by calling 800-285-2221.

2014 Brown Award
Legal Writing$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: June 6, 2014

Essay Topic: The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. 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. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2013 Award was presented to Marissa Doran of Yale University School of Law for her paper, Information Traps. In order to be considered, four copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional. The submission must be postmarked no later than June 6, 2014. The student's package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student's sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The 2014 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by November 21, 2014, and listed with the other finalists at the website

Prize Information:

Stipend for the winner is $10,000.


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2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition
Energy Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, adn Resources

Deadline: May 16, 2014

Essay Topic: 2014 Topic: Any issue related to energy law - you may advocate a position, educate an audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc. In addition to the cash awards, winning entries will be published nationwide, as they have in past years, in one of the ABA committee electronic publications.

Prize Information:

First: $700

Second: $500

Third: $250


Submissions must be through e-mail. Any student enrolled in an accredited law school in the United State during 2013-2014 is eligible.

Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words in length (a maximum of approximately 8 pages) on double-spaced 12-point typed pages. Each page must have a header including the title of the paper and a page number.

For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header. Each entry must have a separate cover sheet (not inlcuded in the 2,000 word limit) that includes the following contact information: (1) name; (2) address; (3) phone number; (4) email address; (5) law school; and (6) paper title.

Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit. Papers that have been previously published are not eligible for the competition. A paper must be the original work of the individual student submitting the entry.

Judging: Papers will be subject to a blind review process. The panel of judges will judge the papers anonymously, without knowledge of the author's name or law school.

Papers will be evaluated by the following criteria: (1) originality and thoughtfulness; (2) writing quality; (3) analysis and legal reasoning; (4) quality and use of research (including interdisciplinary and applied examples); and (5) compliance with the competition rules. Winning entries will be published nationwide in an ABA publication.

Competition papers should be submitted via e-mail to

Questions? Please call (312) 988-5625

2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition
Securities Law$3000 to $3999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The John Marshall Law School Center for International Law

Deadline: February 14, 2014

Essay Topic: Please submit an original essay on a topic of your choice that addresses some aspect of the law of capital markets, including securities, commodities, futures, options, derivatives, and related issues.

Prize Information:

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash price of $3,000. The first runner-up will receive $1,500 and the second runner-up will receive $500. The winning essays will be published in the summer 2014 volume of the John Marshall Law School Global Markets Law Journal.


The Center for International Law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago sponsors the Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition to encourage outstanding student scholarship that promotes greater interest in, and understanding of, the law of capital markets.

The John Marshall Law School Global Markets Law Journal invites JD and LLM students at all U.S. law schools to participate in this writing competition.

The essay must be an original work. Each entrant is limited to one entry only. The essay must not currently be under consideration for publication by any other publication or have been compensated by another publisher.


  • All entries must be submitted electronically to Please reference "Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition" in the subject line.
  • The paper should be in Word, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font on 8.5" x 11" paper with one-inch margins. Papers must be submitted with endnotes.
  • Entries should be between 25 - 30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Endnotes and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • Please visit the Writing Competition website to download the Writing Competitoin cover sheet at


All entries must be received by midnight, Central Standard Time, on Friday, February 15, 2014. Incomplete submissions or submissions submitted after this time and date will not be considered.

Review Process

The Center for International Law will notify all authors via email within seven days that their submissions have been received. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2014.

2014 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law
Cultural Heritage Law$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Essay Topic: Papers must address any aspect of cultural heritage law, such as art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage (but not intellectual property issues, except as they relate to cultural heritage).

Prize Information:

The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. LCCHP may also award a Second Place prize of $500, at its discretion, if it determines that such a prize is appropriate. LCCHP reserves the right not to select a First Place winner if a majority of judges so recommends.



The competition is open to US law students, and recent law graduates who were students at the time that they wrote their papers, of schools approved by the American Bar Association. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. They are encouraged, but not required, to be members of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Papers must be the work of one student auther alone (joint submissions will not be considered). Students may only submit one paper. The paper must have been written between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, and at the time of submission it cannot have been published or accepted for publication. An author may submit only one paper to that year's competition.


The papers will be judged anonymously by a panel of experts in the field. They will base their decision on the student's ability to think critically, analyze and resolve a legal issue, or the conduct legal historical research using origninal sources. The panel will focus on:

  • Originality of thought
  • Originality of topic
  • Organization
  • Analysis/Persuasiveness
  • Quality of writing
  • Citation form
  • Appropriateness of authorities cited


  • Submissions must be at least 20 but no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including footnotes.
  • The text must be in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • The footnotes must be in 10-point Times New Roman font. DO NOT USE ENDNOTES.
  • Use 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Citations must confirm to the Harvard Law Review Association's Uniform System of Citation.
  • Your submission must be in the form of a seminar paper or law review article, not a memoradum, brief, judicial opinion, or other type of legal document.
  • Do not include your name, law school, or any other identifying information on your submission.


To submit your paper, please first fill out the online submission form below. Then submit your paper as a Word or PDF email attachment, together with the submission form, to

**Remember, papers must not include any identifying information.


The judges will determine the winner(s) in September and announce them as soon as possible thereafter.

7th Annual Virginia Law Writing Competition
Virginia Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: University of Richmond Law Review's Annual Survey

Deadline: April 7, 2013

Essay Topic: Have an article, comment, or case note on Virginia Law? Why not try to get it published? Each year, the Law Review produces its Annual Survey of Virginia Law, designed to outline recent changes and discuss important topics in Virginia Law. The virginia Law Writing Competition gives students a chance to submit their work for consideration in the next Annual Survey. While there is no guarantee that one of the submissions will be chosen for publication, a student was published in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Prize Information:

While there is no guarantee that one of the submissions will make the cut, a student was published in 2010, 2012 and 2013.


Due Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m.

Submit by email to Glenice Coombs at, subject: "Annual Survey Writing Competition"

DO NOT include your name on any of your materials; your article will be given an anonymous number for selection purposes.

Format: 12 point Times New Roman font - 1 inch margins - Page numbers ("Page X of Y") in header

Cover Page should include: (1) "2014 Annual Survey Writing Competition"; (2) title of submission; (3) word count (not including footnotes); (4) number of pages (not including cover page); (5) number of footnotes.

Articles will be evaluated for depth of analysis, quality of research, writing ability, and citation accuracy

Articles written for other purposes may be submitted as long as they have not been accepted for publication elsewhere

Contact Tara Badawy with any questions at

ABA Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition
Antitrust$2000 to $2499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American Bar

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Essay Topic: The Law Student Writing Competition encourages and rewards student-written articles in the area of anti-trust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law. How to Enter: 1. Write an article about antitrust. Law students currently enrolled or graduating can write eligible articles of general interest to the antitrust law community, including: Civil and Criminal Antitrust Law, Competition Policy, Consumer Protections, and International Competition Law. 2. Have it published. Articles published in ABA-acredited schools' law reviews or journals between January 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014 qualify. 3. Get nominated. Each publication's Editor-in-Chief may nominate one article for the award. E-mail the article and a completed entry form by January 31, 2014 to

Prize Information:

The winner, announced March 2014, will receive a check for $2,000 and an invitation to the Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting (March 26-28, 2014) in Washington, DC. Airfare (if living outside DC area), accommodations, and registration will be paid by the ABA.

Notes: Eligible papers included published noted, comments and articles and should generally be 20-30 pages in length, with footnotes. Joint papers and unpublished work, including work that was prepared for a class, seminar or independent study are not eligible. Papers cannot exceed 50 pages.

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: December 31, 2013

Essay Topic: Articles may now be submitted for the 2013 ABA Forum on the Construction Industry's Student Writing Competition. The competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA accredited law school in 2013. Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law. The format of the articles should resemble the articles published in either of the Forum's two publications, The Construction Lawyer (law journal format with guidelines in the Complete Rules link below) and Under Contruction (newsletter format with articles of 1000-2000 words).

Prize Information: Senior ABA Forum members will judge the submissions. Criteria for selection include creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novely of subject, and quality of research. The author of the first place submission receives: a cash prize of $2,000; travel expenses and registration to attend the next annual meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (where a first prize plaque will be presented); a one-year membership in the Forum and recognition in both the Forum newsletter, Under Construction, and on the Forum's website. In addition to the first place winner, one or more authors may be judged a finalist and recognized with a plaque and in Forum publications.


Submissions from the Competition winner and finalists will be considered for publication in either The Construction Lawyer or Under Construction.

The deadline for submission of articles for the 2013 competition is December 31, 2013. All articles shall be submitted to Bridget Miller ( and Marilyn Klinger ( by email in Word format.

American College of Legal Medicine's 2014 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
Bioethics$1000 to $1499

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The American College of Legal Medicine

Deadline: January 6, 2014

Essay Topic: Every year, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) presents an award for the outstanding original paper on legal medicine. All students studying Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Podiatry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Service, Healthcare Administration or Public Health are encouraged to compete. Legal medicine is the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice and other healthcare delivery. Practitioners of the specialty have sufficient training, knowledge and expertise to address the scope of the specialty from a scholarly, scientific and practical perspective. As the subject matter of legal medicine is broad, we are looking for quality papers that cover any aspect of legal medicine.

Prize Information:

Hirsh Award Winner - $1,000

2nd Prize - $500

3rd Prize - $250

The first place paper will be named the Hirsh Award Winner. In addition, the ACLM will pay the Hirsh Award Winner's costs of travel and lodging to present his or her paper at the ACLM 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.


Applicant Criteria:

1. All authors must have previously achieved a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution and must be currently enrolled in an accredited Law, Medical, Podiatric, Nursing, Dental, Health Science or Healthcare Administration program in the United States or Canada.

2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for scholarly classes will be allowed as long as they have not been published.

3. All papers submitted will receive consideration for publication in the Journal of Legal Medicine or other medical legal publications.


1. The format rules below must be followed exactly. PAPERS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW ALL THESE RULES WILL NOT BE GRADED.

2. The paper's length must not exceed 5000 total words, and must not exceed 15 pages. The word count is applicable to the total paper; the words on the title page, footnotes, figures and tables are to be included.

3. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text. Papers must be typed double-spaced, with one-inch margins and all pages are to be numbered. All citations are to be as footnotes, which should be in 10 point Times New Roman font, single-spaced, and with one-inch margins.

4. The first page must be the cover page, which must include the following information: the author's name and contact information, including a telephone numbers, email address and the name of the author's school. The cover page must also contain the final word count obtained from Word.

5. At the top of page #2 the author must place the title of the paper all in capitals. After the title, two lines must be skipped and the text of the paper should begin.

6. If tables or figures are included, they are to be placed after the text according to the following rules. On the first page after the end of the text, a list of all tables and figures will be provided. Each table and figure will then be placed on a separate page.

7. If an author wishes to acknoledge an individual or institution this can only be done on the cover page.


1. Papers must contain only uncollarborated original work,

2. Papers may relate to research done by the author.

3. Papers may deal with any aspect of legal medicine, including medical licensure and regulation of the profrssion., business aspects of medical practice, liability of physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, public health law, the physician-patiant relationship, care of special patients, food and drug law, medical research, forensic science, and the history of legal medicine.

4. Although papers may have been submitted for a grade at the author's school, the author may not have submitted the paper elsewhere for publication.

5. It is assumed that the author has no financial interest (direct, or indirect) with the material presented. If the author does have a conflict this should be disclosed on the last page of the document.


1. All papers will be judged by the Student Awards Committee of the American College of Legal Medicine in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.

2. All prizes may not be awarded each year if the ACLM and/or the Student Awards Committee determines that no entry meets the standards of a winning paper.

Papers will be judged in the following areas:

1. Appropriateness of subject matter for the contest.

2. Originality, thoughtfulness.

3. Quality of legal and bioethical, medical, law, dentistry, podiatry, nursing, pharmacy, health science, healthcare administration or public health analysis.

4. Quality of writing.

5. Citation of authority/support for arguments.

Deadline and Submission

1. The papers must be submitted only via email to Papers transmitted or sent in any other form will not be considered for the writing competition.

2. Authors must submit their papers by the end of the business day, January 6, 2014. Under no circumstances will any paper be considered unless it is submitted by the deadline and in the required format.

3. Direct questions to:

Student Writing Competition, American College of Legal Medicine

Two Woodfiield Lake, 1100 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 350, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Phone: (847) 969-0283; Web:; Email:

4. Winners other than the Hirsh Award Winner will be announced at the ACLM 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, and may appear personally at their own expense if they wish to be recognized.

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: January 31, 2014

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.

The three winning authors will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review, and will receive copies of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LEXIS.


Eligibility: The competitoin 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. 31, 2014. 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, 2014

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.

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.


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.

The submission deadline for the 2014 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2014.

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

Rules for the Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition are available on the American Inns of Court website at

Please contact our office to request an informational write-up for your website, e-newsletter, or magazine.

Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color and Students from Other Underrepresented Groups in Law Schools
Diversity$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Law School Admission Coucil's Diversity Committee

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Essay Topic: What techniques, resources and strategies should law schools utilize to recruit and retain students of color and other students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession?

Prize Information:

One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L). Each winner will receive a $5,000.00 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at In addition, one winning paper will be published in the Journal of Legal Education, pending the Journal's final review and approval.


Elligibility: Current JD candidates who are in good standing at accredited LSAC-member law schools.

Length and Format: Up to 20 pages (5000 words or less), 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, double spaced, 1 inch margins, Word format, 12 point font, with endnotes written in "A Uniform Sytem of Citation" (The Blue Book) format.

Evaluation Criteria: Essays will be judged according to:

  • Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases, law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies)
  • Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing
  • Understanding, interpretations and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context
  • Full compliance with all competition procedures

Questions: Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives Office,

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The American Society of Legal Writers

Deadline: April 21, 2014

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 two students from Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law: Ashley Brucato and Nathan Lennon. Their brief was originally submitted to the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employments Moot-Court Competition.

Prize Information:

This year's winning author or authors will be recognized at the 2014 Scribes Annual Meeting, which will be held during the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014. Plaques will be awarded to the authors and their school. Normally, the school pays the authors' expenses to attend the awards ceremony.


Instructions for submitting a brief for the Scribes competition:

1. By April 21, 2014, e-mail an electronic copy of the winning brief to

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: February 14, 2014

Essay Topic: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. The deadline for this year's competition February 14, 2014.  ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include: Civil Liberties Consumer Rights Criminal Justice Disability Rights Protection of Health, Safety, and the Environment Freedom of Speech Privacy Immigration Voting and Political Process Racial Equality Religion Separation of Powers and Federalism Women's Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Freedom LGBT Rights Human Rights Education Indigent Defense Labor Law

Prize Information:

Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2014 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.


This year's judges panel includes:

Judge Pamela Chen (E.D.N.Y.)
Justice Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court)
Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo (E.D. Pa.)
Nicole Huberfeld, Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
Steve Sanders, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Franita Tolson, Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University College of Law

Please review the 2014 Competition Theme & Submission Requirements before submitting your entry, which should be sent along with the 2014 Submission Form. The deadline to submit an essay is February 14, 2014. Email with any questions.

See our flyer for information on this writing competition and the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.

Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition
Family Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Albany Law School Moot Court

Deadline: January 17, 2014

Essay Topic: The Gabrielli Family Law Competition is a national event open to the first 24 teams to complete the registration materials and submit payment. Teams must consist of two or three competitors who are currently enrolled in law school. The Competition involves both written and oral advocacy skills which will be judged by prominent members of the local bar, state and federal judges, Albany Law School professors, and members of the Albany Law Moot Court Board. The Problem: The problem for this year's Competition will focus on current issues in the field of family law which lend themselves to challenging oral arguments and competition. In last year's problem, school administrators reported the case of Penny C., a thirteen-year-old morbidly obese girl, to Child Protective Services (CPS) after observing the deterioration of her health and weight gain following the sudden death of her father. Doctors determined that at 325 pounds, the girl was severly obese and suffered from a number of serious health problems. CPS filed a child neglect petition in Family Court to temporarily remove the child from the custody of her mother, Bridget C. Instead of immediate removal, the court gave Bridget an opportunity to manage Penny's weight and alleviate her comorbidities. The Court issued an order mandating that the child meet with a nutritionist, increase her exercise, attend school regularly, and be monitored by her doctor. Depsite two extensions of the order, Bridget failed to comply with the Court's instructions and Penny's doctors reported that the child's weight had not improved. The issues in this case revolved around whether the mother's conduct constituted neglect and whether it was constitutional to apply a child neglect statute to remove a morbidly obese child from the custody of her parent.

Prize Information:

Awards: Awards will be presented to the Grabrielli champions, finalists, and semi-finalists, as well as the top three individual oral advocates and to the teams with the top three briefs.


Hospitality: All participants are invited to a formal dinner on Thursday, February 27, following preliminary rounds. A brunch will be provided for all the participants on Saturday, March 1. Refreshments will be provided between preliminary rounds. A reception for all participants will be held following the final round.

Registration and Briefs:

November 7, 2013 - Registration/Postmark Deadline

November 11-16, 2013 - Confirm Registration

November 29, 2013 - Problem Released (online)

January 17, 2014 - Briefs Postmarked

Oral Arguments:

February 27, 2014 - Preliminary Rounds

February 28, 2014 - Octofinal & Quarterfinal Rounds

March 1, 2014 - Semifinal & Final Rounds

The problem, rules and additional competition information will be available at the Albany Law School Moot Court website at: www.albanylaw.edy/mootcourt.

More details will be included in registration confirmation emails.

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: January 7, 2013

Essay Topic: The Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2014 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 March 17th, 2014. Please see be directed to Mary Oshei -

Prize Information:

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

Note: The prize money is contingent on receipt of a signed publication contract.


Submission Procedure:

If you are a law student at an ABA accredited law schoo, 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 contact information.

Deadline: March 17, 2014

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Eptsein Becker & Green - Health Law Writing Competition

Deadline: January 24, 2014

Essay Topic: Epstein Beacker & Green, P.C., a national firm engaged in the practice of health care and life sciences law, is pleased to announce its 16th 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.

Prize Information:

Cash prizes will be awarded for the three best papers, and entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

First Place: $4,000

Second Place: $2,000

Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompasing 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).


For additional information and an official entry form, visit

Competition entries are due by January 24, 2014.

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

Inter-American Bar Association Student Best Paper Award
International Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Inter-American Bar Association

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Essay Topic: The central theme of the conference is: "Developing of National Law in accordance with International Law and the Study of Comparative Law" The contestant must choose and expound upon one of the following topics: Twenty-First Century Challenges in Comparative Law Use of International Rules in Nation's Domestic System

Prize Information:

First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize

Each award includes:

  • IABA membership (valid for one year);
  • Certificate of recognition; and
  • Possible publication of the winning papers in the IABA Newsletter.


The Paper shall adhere to the following requirements:

1) The work must be original, and relate to one of the topics proposed above. The Paper may be written in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.

2) The Paper must be at least 20 pages and a maximum of 30 typed pages at one-and-a-half space (1.5), excluding footnotes.

3) The Paper shall be written in Arial, size 12.

4) Margins: left 3; others: 2.5cm.

5) The Paper must contain the following in its structure: title, certification of university authority, index, introduction, chapters, conclusions, recommendations, references and annexes.

6) The cover should indicate its title, author's name and address, and name of law school that he/she attends.

7) The Paper must be accompanied by a certificate from the competent authority stating that the author is a student of the academic institution.

8) Presentation must be in electronic form.

9) Papers must be received no later than April 20, 2014, electronically at the address of the Office of the IABA Headquarters,, Attention: Ms Patricia de la Riva, and from there will be forwarded to the Evaluation Committee.

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: March 18, 2014

Essay Topic: The theme for the 2014 Competition will be Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. The hypothetical case addresing this theme will be availbale on the Competition website December 10, 2013.

Prize Information: No prizes stated.


Competitor: Current law students studying for Juris Doctor (J.D.) or its international equivalent are eleigible to participate in two-person teams representing their schools through written and oral arguments.

Coach: Each team may have one or two coaches, who are usually international law professors or attorneys with expertise in the field. Coaches assist teams with registering, fundraising, and obtaining official approval for their team's participation, as well as developing research strategies.

Observer: Deans, professors, and others affiliated with legal education or human rights law may attend as observers to learn about the Competition model, the Inter-American legal system, and issues surrounding the theme of that year. Observers may attend all Competition events, but do not present arguments.

Judge: Lawyers from various countries who have ample experience in international law and/or human rights contribute to the competition as volunteer judges. They participate by graduing written memorials from their home city, or by traveling to Washington, D.C. to evaluate the Competition's oral rounds.

Bailiff: Anyone interested in receiving a front-row seat to the Competition's oral rounds is invited to colunteer as a bailiff. Bailiffs are responsible for keeping time and order durin gthe 90-minute oral rounds.

Competition Participant Association: All former participants are invited to join the Participant Association. By doing so, they can connect with the distinct network of Competition alumni from around thw rold, learn how to coordinate relevant events at their respective universities, and share ideas on how to improve the Competition with the moot court coordinators. For more information, please visit the Competition website.

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society

Deadline: January 31, 2013

Essay Topic: This competition aims to promote interest and enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students as well as deepen their understanding of this important area of international law.

Prize Information: The two winning authors will present their papers at an expert conference at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, with travel and accommodation expenses covered. Winners will also receive a complementary registration at the ASIL Annual Meeting on April 3-6, 2013 in Washington, DC, and will receive a one-year student membership with ASIL.


Students must currently be enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. or foreign law school as of the sumbission deadline. Students may choose a topic within the scope of international humanitarian law. Submissions must be unpublished academic papers written solely by the candidate in English. Articles should be submitted online, as Microsoft Word attachments, to

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 31, 2013, by 12 PM Noon (EST).

For detailed competition rules, please visit


Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Tel: 202.274.4180

Fax: 202.274.0783

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

Competition Website:

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: February 16, 2014

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The theme of the 2014 Competition is "International Humanitarian Law and Emerging Technologies." Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, drones, autonomous systems, cyber warfare technologies, etc. Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed.

Prize Information:


The two winning authors will receive a one-year ASIL student membership and will have the opportunity to present their papers in duscussion with a panel of expert professors and practitioners through an online virtual conference that wil be broadcast through the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law's webpage.



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 in English by the candidate. Please see the competition website for further details and requirements for submission. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 11:59 PM (EST).


Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Tel: 202.274.4180; Fax: 202.274.0783

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.

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

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: January 21, 2014

Essay 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:

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 fro Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be requred).


Requirements and Eligibility

Entires 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 2013 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.


Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to the 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 Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins.

An entry consists of three copies of the 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 couse work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only indentification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.


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.


The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries should be mailed to:

Louis 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

Questions may be directed to Professor Martin H. Malin by e-mail to

McNeill Law Society Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: McNeill Law Society

Deadline: April 16, 2014

Essay Topic: Topic: Contemporaneous constitutional issues, though all well-written submissions will be considered.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $500 plus publication in the University of Richmond Law Review

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $100


Format and Length of Submissions:

Word Limit: 5000-6500 words, not including footnote text.

Format: Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please format footnotes the same as regular text.

Submission Details:

Due Date: 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 16.

What to Submit: Submit two hard copies to the McNeill Law Society's mailbox in the DU. Additionally, submit an electronic copy, in PDF format, to Amanda Evans at

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Mediation Law$0 to $299

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: January 2, 2014

Essay Topic: Beginning in 2014, 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. 2014 Contest Question: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted into law in 2010 attemptions to improve the access of Americans to improved quality health case, while controlling the nation's escalating health care expenditures. As the ACA gets further implemented in 2014, discuss opportunities and challenges this law presents for constructive, innovative collaboration between the legal and medical professions in contributing to the quest for a more affordable and accessible high quality health care system.

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 no been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.

3. Each sumitted 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 papers 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 double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one 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 in final.

2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.

3. Paper will be judged according to the following criteria: Responsiveness to the conpeption question; originality and thoughtfulness; quality of analysis; and quality of writing.

Deadline and Submission

1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on Janurary 2, 2014.

2. Papers must be submitted electronically to

3. Direct questions to: Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Floriday State University Center for Innovative Collaboratin in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300, Phone: 850-645-9473, Web:, Email:

4. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2014.

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 Dsame Law School

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Essay Topic: 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 Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original, unpublished work. Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double space, and standard font. Coauthored essays may be submitted. Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

Prize Information:

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


All entries must be received before 5 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014.

Please include cover letter wtih 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) 631-3980


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, 2014

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 all 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 Submitted papers much focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).

Prize Information:

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



The competition is open to (i) law students, undergraduate(J.D.) or graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.), enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. law school during the 2013-14 academic year; and (ii) other students enrolled during such academic year in a U.S. law school tax course as part of an MBA or other non-law degree program.

Papers shall be 25-50 typewritten pages in length double-spaced (Times New Roman or Arial typeface), including footnotes and appendices (both of which may be single-spaced). 12 point font size shall be used for text and appendices; 10 point or 12 point font size may be used for footnotes. All margins (top, bottom and sides) shall be at least 1". Same-page footnotes are strongly preferred instead of endnotes. Proper citation forms must be used.

Papers should be clipped or stapled; do not hole-punch or place in a binder.

Papers written in connection with a law school course or seminar (including independent study and summer school course) are eligible fo the Competition.

Papers based on research or work done in connection with law firm or other employment are eligible for the Competition, as are papers evolving from moot court or legal clinic involvement. Any such papers, however, must be in the form of a scholarly article. Client-specific work products (e.g., briefs, legal memoranda, opinion letters, etc.) are not acceptable.

Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other legal journals or periodicals, or for on-line publication, are eligible for the Competition, provided that the version submitted for the Competition shall not reflect any changes (substantive or editorial) made to the paper after the submission of the manuscript for any such publication.

No more than one paper may be submitted by the same student. Co-authored papers will not be accepted.

Papers previously submitted to an earlier Competition may not be again submitted for a subsequent Competition unless (i) the paper has been revised to reflect the impact of one or more significant legislative, case law or administrative developments relevant to the subject matter of the paper; (ii) the paper is sponsored by the same or another law professor; and (iii) all of the Competition Rules have otherwise been satisfied.

Faculty sponsors:

Each submitted paper must be sponsored by a law school professor.

Consistent with normal levels of professor supervision with respect to student papers prepared for law school courses, the faculty sponsor may (i) assist the submitting student in selecting a topic; (ii) discuss outlines or drafts of the paper with the student; and (iii) offer suggestions with respect to organization and substantive content of the paper.

The faculty sponsor shall furnish to the Foundation, along with each submitted paper, a signed letter or other written communication confirming that he or she reviewed the final draft fo the paper and consents to being named as faculty sponsor of the paper.

The same professor may serve annually as the faculty sponsor of no more than 5 papers submitted for the Competition.

Per-school limits:

No more than 8 papers may be submitted by J.D. students from the same law school. If the school also has an L.L.M. or other graduate tax program, up to an additional 8 papers may be submitted by students in those programs.

Where the number of students desiring to submit papers exceeds the permitted limits, the involved faculty sponsors shall coordinate regarding the selection of which papers to submit.

If more than the permitted number of papers are received by the Foundation from the same school, only those papers up to the permitted number, as determined in the order received, will be accepted for the Competition.

Selection of winner:

Winning papers will be selected by the Foundation's board of directors based on, among other factors, (i) depth and creativity of legal and tax analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of tax policy implications.


Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning paper ($5,000), first runner-up ($2,500) and second runner-up ($1,500). Appropriate recognition will also be given to the faculty sponsors of winning papers. The Foundation may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes or award additional prizes. Provided that the first-prize paper has not be published or accepted for publication elsewhere, the Foundation will use its best efforts to facilitate the publication of such paper in The Tax Lawyer.

Deadline for submission:

All papers submitted for the Competition must be received by the Foundation no later than 9:00 p.m. EST, July 1, 2013. The original of each paper (but no additional copies), along with the signed faculty sponsor communication, should be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address:

The Tannenwald Foundation
Suite 200
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-2145
Attn: Melnie Moore

In addition, each paper and faculty sponsor communication should be transmitted electronically, in MS Word, to Ms. Moore at

Cover page information:

Each submitted paper shall have a cover page which includes (i) the title of the article; (ii) the name, law school and class, address, phone number and e-mail address of the submitting student; and (iii) the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the faculty sponsor. The names of the student, faculty sponsor or their school should not otherwise appear in the paper text or footnotes of the paper.


Any inquiries regarding the Competition should be directed to Nancy Abramowiz at (202) 274-4164 (

The Sovereignty XXVII
Native American Law$1500 to $1999

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Essay Topic: The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada. The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

Prize Information:

The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (5) 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 a 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: Timeliness of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammer; Punctuation and Writing Style.

First, second, and third prices in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will also be published in the 2014 Symposium compendium of materials. Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

Notes: Entries must be received no later than March 31, 2014. Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money. Email entries to e-mail

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