Legal Essay Contest Catalog

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

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

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: January 6, 2015

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

Prize Information:


All Winners Receive:

One GRAMMY Awards Show Ticket

Round-Trip Airfare to the GRAMMY Awards

Hotel Accommodations

One MusiCares Person of the Year Ticket

First-Place Winner Receives $5,000

Four Second-Place Winners Receive $1,500


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

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: March 23, 2015

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

Prize Information:

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


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

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

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

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

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Essay Topic: Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading care or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue presented and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple sources.

Prize Information:

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

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

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

4. The author of the first-place winning article will be invited as a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

No person may submit more than one entry.

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

2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition
Technology Law$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology

Deadline: October 3, 2014

Essay Topic: The entries must focus on topics at the intersection of technology and the law.

Prize Information:

The first place prize is $1,500 and the second place prize is $700.  Additionally, one student from the University of Richmond will be awarded the Rick Klau prize of $300.


From now until midnight EST on Friday, October 3, 2014, all law students across the country will be eligible to compete in the writing competition for cash prizes and a chance to be published in a future issue of the Journal. 

In order to properly submit an entry, each student must follow the submission guidelines. Any entries that do not comply with the submission guidelines will not be considered.  Please e-mail all completed entries along with an entry form to and include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line by midnight EST on Friday, October 3, 2014. Both the submission guidelines and the entry form can be found on JOLT’s website.

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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

Prize Information:

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


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

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2014

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

Prize Information:

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

(a) the best book

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

L. Jean Noonan, Esquire, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair

Hudson Cook, LLP

1020 19th St., NW, 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

More information on the College may be found at:

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: January 30, 2015

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

Prize Information:

The first place winner receivs $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution. The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250.

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


Eligibility: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Jan. 30, 2015. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

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

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

Form: Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.). The body of the email must contain the author's name, social security number, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. Inquiries may be replied to by email. No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself. All entries must have only one author. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced. Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.

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

Contact: Telephone Numbers - (405) 325-2840 and (405) 325-5191; Fax: (405) 325-6282; E-mail:; Website: http://www/

ASECAs Annual Writing Competition
Securities Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: November 15, 2014

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

Prize Information:

1st Place: $5,000

2nd Place: $3,000

3rd Place: $2,000


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

Mail two copies of submissions to:


P.O. Box 5767

Washington, DC 20016

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

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

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

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

Deadline: November 17, 2014

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

Prize Information:

First prize: $5,000

Second prize: $2,500

Third prize: $1,000

Notes: For more information, visit

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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

Prize Information:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp:

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Ladas and Parry LLP

Deadline: February 6, 2015

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

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


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

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

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

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

Deadline: September 19, 2014

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

Prize Information:


First place: $1,000.00

Second place: $750.00

Third place: $500.00


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Law School Essay Contest 2014-15
Technology Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

Sponsor: 1-800-Law-Firm America's Law Firm

Deadline: October 5, 2014

Essay Topic: This Year's Topic: What would improve the legal system?

Prize Information:

Grand Prize: $10,000


There are plenty of things wrong with the legal system. The national network of 1-800-LAW FIRM attorneys works tirelessly to right those wrongs on a case by case basis.

1-800-LAW-FIRM believes that our legal system can be overhauled to better serve the public by incorporating technology, transparency and trust into its relationship with the public. Our entire staff encourages young lawyers to be part of this change by thinking about it, writing about it, and doing something about it.

"Our system doesn't simply need to be repaired, it needs to be re-engineered. Law schools much empower their students to be that change. I believe that students who are asked to create change will create change. They will not accept the status quo and will not accept jobs that perpetuate the shortcomings of the past." -Ari Kresch

Law Student Writing Competition
Human Rights Law$5000 or more

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: January 16, 2015

Essay Topic: Individual Liberty * Property Rights * Limited Government

Prize Information:

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


DEADLINE: January 16, 2015.

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

Rules & Info:


Sponsored by PLF's Program for Judicial Awareness

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
Legislation$300 to $999

Competition Website:

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2014

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

Prize Information:

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

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

3rd Place: Blog publication.


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

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

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

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

Competition Website: http:

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

Deadline: February 20, 2014

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

Prize Information:

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


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

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

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

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

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

Lous Jackson Writing Competition

c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Illinois Institute of Technology

565 West Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60661-3691

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

Competition Website:

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

Deadline: January 2, 2015

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

Prize Information:

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250

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


Applicant and Paper Criteria

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


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


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

Deadline and Submission:

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

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

Competition Website:

Sponsor: National Bankruptcy Forum

Deadline: November 15, 2014

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

Prize Information:

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


Essay Requirements:

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


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

The winner will be announced by December 1st 2014.

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