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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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National Moot Court Problem-Writing Competition

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.

Admiral John S. Jenkins Prize for Excellence in Military Studies

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.

Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://www.thesovereigntysymposium.com/Documents/Hargrave%20prize.pdf

Sponsor: The Sovereignty Symposium XXIX

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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

Prize Information:

First Prize $1,500
Second Prize: $1,000
Third Prize: $750.00

Notes:

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

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April 2016

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

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: April 30, 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.

2016 Admirality and Maritime Law Student Writing Contest
Admiralty Law$1000 to $1499April 2016

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/tips/membership/AMLCLawStudentCompflyer.authcheckdam.pdf

Sponsor: The Admirality and Maritime Law Committee of the ABA & Gard (North America), Inc.

Deadline: April 18, 2016

Essay Topic: One (1) recent development in any area of admiralty and maritime law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,000 +

  •  $500 reimbursement to attend either the TIPS Section Conference in Atlanta or the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco;
  •  up to $500 in reimbursement of expenses to experience a day in marine insurance with Gard (North America), Inc. in New York;
  •  publication in a 2016 edition of the AMLC’s quarterly newsletter.

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

Brownstone Scholarship Essay Award
Accounting & Law$1000 to $1499April 2016

Competition Website: https://www.brownstonelaw.com/scholarships/2016-program/

Sponsor: Brownstone Law

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Whether a 99 year state prison sentence-(without parole)-for a convicted, juvenile African American male is a de facto life-sentence that violates Eighth Amendment or, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

Prize Information:

Prize: $1,000

The Brownstone Scholarship is to be used exclusively for college tuition and related expense. A check for $1000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s school to cover these expenses and he or she is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.

Notes:

The scholarship is open to all current full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in an ABA accredited law school or accredited graduate program. -This scholarship will only be awarded to one incoming undergraduate or currently enrolled graduate Student -Hold a 3.0 or higher overall GPA -Must be a legal resident of the U.S.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines go HERE.

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

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

Sponsor: The International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE)

Deadline: April 30, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize $1000

2nd Prize $500

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

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

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

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

Sponsor: DISH Network L.L.C.

Deadline: April 11, 2016

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

Prize Information:

First Prize: $2500

Second Prize: $1000

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

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$300 to $999April 2016

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

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

Deadline: April 18, 2016

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

Prize Information:

First Prize $500

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

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

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

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

Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer

Deadline: April 1, 2016

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

Prize Information:

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

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

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

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

Sponsor: The American Society of Legal Writers

Deadline: April 29, 2016

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

Prize Information:

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

Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2016 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Environmental/Land Use Law$5000 or moreApril 2016

Competition Website: http://www.citizen.org/law-school-contest

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

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Essay Topic: Class Actions and Environmental Law As courts and legislators have made it more difficult to bring effective class actions, can class actions continue to advance environmental objectives and hold polluters accountable? Essays may focus on these or other questions: How do evolving standards of “commonality” affect environmental class actions? How might major environmental problems that we are facing be amenable to class treatment? How would these actions be brought? What damage recoveries and other results may be sought?

Prize Information:

Prize: $5,000

Complimentary 2016 Public Citizen membership

Notes:

Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

For full information and submission guidelines go HERE.

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

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

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 15, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1500

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

2nd Place: $750

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

3rd Place: $350

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

Notes:

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

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

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

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Native American Law$300 to $999April 2016

Competition Website: http://www.thesovereigntysymposium.com/scholarships.aspx

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

Deadline: April 15, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $750.00

2nd Prize: $500.00

3rd Prize: $250.00

The winning entry will also be published in the 2016 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits. 

Notes:

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

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

Entries must be received no later than April 16, 2015. Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money. Email entries to e-mail kyle.shifflet@oscn.net.

For more information see the contest website HERE.

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

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

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 29, 2016

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

Prize Information:

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

Notes:

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

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

Entries must be original, unpublished work.

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

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

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

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

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

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-8612

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

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

May 2016

Tax Analysts Annual Student Writing Competition
Tax Law$0 to $299May 2016

Competition Website: http://www.taxanalysts.com/www/conferences.nsf/KeyLookup/SMEW-A44SVT?OpenDocument

Sponsor: Tax Analysts

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Essay Topic: Papers should be between 2,500 and 12,000 words and focus on an unsettled question in federal, international, or U.S. state tax law or policy.

Prize Information:

This global competition enables students who win to publish a paper in Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, or Tax Notes International and receive a 12-month online subscription to all these weekly magazines after graduation.

Notes: For submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

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

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

Sponsor: John Marshall Law School

Deadline: May 13, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $3,000

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

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

Notes:

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

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

"Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition DEADLINE EXTENDED
Constitutional Law$5000 or moreMay 2016

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

Sponsor: Common Cause

Deadline: May 1, 2016

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

Prize Information:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $3000

Third Place: $2000

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

Notes:

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

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

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

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

Sponsor: Georgia State University College of Law

Deadline: May 2, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Place:  $3,000

2nd Place:  $2,000

3rd Place:  $1,000

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

Notes:

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

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

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

For submission guidelines and full contest information go HERE.

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

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

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

Deadline: May 20, 2016

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

Prize Information:

Two prizes will be awarded:

$1,000 first prize

$500 second prize

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

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

Notes:

Official contest announcement flyer HERE

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

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
Administrative Law$5000 or moreMay 2016

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/administrative_law/initiatives_awards/gellhorn_sargentich_law_student_essay_competition.html

Sponsor: ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Discuss any topic relating to administrative law.

Prize Information:

Prize: $5,000

The winner will also receive round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section's Fall Conference in Washington, DC. At the discretion of the Section and the respective editorial boards, the winning entry may be selected for publication in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review.

Notes:

Eligibility:

The competition is open to currently enrolled students of ABA-accredited law schools who are also members of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Submissions can include papers submitted for a law school course, law review notes and comments, or pieces written specifically for the competition. Essays must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Co-authored papers are ineligible. Only one essay may be submitted per entrant.

For more information and submission guidelines see the official contest flyer here.

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
Civil Litigation$2000 to $2499May 2016

Competition Website: http://www.iadclaw.org/publications-news/publications/Legal-Writing-Contest/#About%20Legal%20Writing%20Contest

Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel

Deadline: May 20, 2016

Essay Topic: The International Association of Defense Counsel invites you to participate in its 2016 Legal Writing Contest. The IADC is a professional association that has been serving an invitation-only membershi of international corporate and insurance civil defense lawyers since 1920. Prize-winning articles and honorable mentions will be considered for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal, the IADC's quarterly academic publication that reaches a broad legal audience from around the world. Subject Matter: Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

Honorary mentions receive no monetary awards.

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

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

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

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

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

Deadline: May 20, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize $5,000

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

Notes:

For more information, rules and submission guidelins go HERE.

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

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

June 2016

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

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

Sponsor: Higbee & Associates

Deadline: June 30, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,000

2nd Prize: $1,000

3rd Prize: $300

$200 Honorable Mention

$250 Best Policy Recommendations

$250 Best Reasearch

Notes:

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

For full contest guidelines and submission instructions go HERE.

Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition
Native American Law$1500 to $1999June 2016

Competition Website: http://www.thesovereigntysymposium.com/Documents/Hargrave%20prize.pdf

Sponsor: The Sovereignty Symposium XXIX

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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

Prize Information:

First Prize $1,500
Second Prize: $1,000
Third Prize: $750.00

Notes:

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

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

Competition Website: http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/WRITINGCOMPETITIONRULES2015-2016.pdf

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

Deadline: June 15, 2016

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

Prize Information:

First Place: $3000

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


Second Place: $1000

Third Place: $500

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

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

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

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

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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

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

Notes:

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


For additional information go HERE.

Twelfth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$1500 to $1999June 2016

Competition Website: https://www.acebc.com/employee-benefits-writing-competition

Sponsor: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Deadline: June 2, 2016

Essay Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

Prize Information:

Alvin D Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500

Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 17, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College's Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

Notes:

Eligibility/Topics: applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2015 and August 15, 2016 and seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.). Papers must deal with
employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively - bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.
Questions concerning the Competition should be directed to Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee at bdougherty@morganlewis.com.
For full contest rules and submission guidelines see the official flyer HERE.

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

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

Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Deadline: June 10, 2016

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

Prize Information:

1st place - $5,000

2nd place - $3,000

3rd place - $1,000

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

Notes:

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

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

For full submission guidelines and contest rules go HERE.

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.

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

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.

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.


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