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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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The NASA Space Law Network Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://law.unl.edu/spacelawnetwork/workshop/

Sponsor: The University of Nebraska College of Law¿s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program

Deadline: September 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers should discuss a current issue in space law ranging from treaties and foreign space legislation, U.S. space legislation and the intersections of domestic space law and international law, arms control and the law of armed conflict in space, procurement and government contracting, ITAR and export control, contracting and transactional practice, to intellectual property, and/or other areas of law intersecting with space law.

Prize Information:

The selected paper author will receive airfare and hotel to attend the 2019 Nebraska Law Space Law Conference in Washington DC on Friday October 18, 2019 and have the opportunity to do a 10-15 minute presentation of their research. Their 2019 conference experience will include a NASA visit the day prior to the conference, a networking reception following the conference, and the option to extend the return airline ticket to accommodate attending the International Astronautical Congress the following week.

Notes: Please see the website HERE for more information.

James E. Beckley Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://piaba.org/2019-beckley-student-writing-competition-0

Sponsor: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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.

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions/james_b_boskey_law_student_essay_contest_on_dispute_resolution.html

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Deispute Resolution in association with the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution of UNLV Boyd School of Law and Penn State Dickinson

Deadline: June 14, 2019

Essay Topic: The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses.

Prize Information:

One competition prize of $1,000 dollars will be awarded for the best entry as judged by the Boskey Essay Committee, comprised of representatives from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

Notes:

Eligibility:

The competition is open to all full and part-time J.D. law students. Employees of the American Bar Association are ineligible to enter the competition. Previously published essays are not eligible. If a student's essay has been accepted for publication, the student must inform the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at the time of the initial submission to the competition. If the student's essay is accepted for publication after submission to the essay competition but before a decision is reached by the Essay Committee, the student must inform the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution of this acceptance immediately. The ABA shall have the right of first publication of the winning essay.

Authorship:

Each entry shall be the original work of a single individual and constitute an independent subject. The ideas and work reflected by each entry must be the author's own. The author must perform all of the key tasks of identifying the topic, research it, analyzing it, formulating positions and arguments, and writing and revising the paper for himself or herself. The author may inform another of the progress he or she has made in performing these tasks and accept a reasonable amount of responsive advice from academicians or practitioners in the field but the student must avoid undue collaboration. For example, the author may obtain a professor's opinion that a proposed topic is a good choice, or that a detailed outline should be reorganize, or that a first draft unwisely omits to cover a subtopic or to raise and respond to criticisms of the author's premise. The author must limit the amount of such advice sought or received so that the final entry truly reflects the author's own ideas and work and not that of another.

For full contest submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/white-papers/law-student-writing-competition/law-student-writing-competition-2

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

Deadline: June 15, 2018

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 UPDATED contest guidelines and submission details please see the contest flyer HERE.

Students are strongly encouraged to confer or consult with a labor or employment law professor or practitioner on topic selection and in the formation of arguments presented in the paper.  However, manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. 

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May 2019

The Georgetown Law Technology Review Writing Competition
Technology Law$4000 to $4999May 2019

Competition Website: https://www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition

Sponsor: Georgetown Law¿s Institute for Technology Law & Policy and The Georgetown Law Technology Review

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Essay Topic: Entrants are invited to submit papers addressing a legal or public policy question relating to artificial intelligence, machine learning, the use of data analytics and/or algorithmic decision-making. Example topics include: questions of data ownership, questions relating to transparency or testability, questions relating to intellectual property, privacy, consumer protection, competition, issues of bias and discrimination, or product liability; or subject-matter- specific legal issues arising from various applications of a technology. Preference will be given to papers that are relevant to current legal and public policy debates or present an original perspective.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $4,000

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,000

Winning papers may be selected for publication in The Georgetown Law Technology Review.

Notes:

Papers must be submitted via email to TechInstitute@law. georgetown.edu in Word format with the file named in the format “LastName_FirstName_WritingCompetition”.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines please see the website HERE.

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Native American Law$300 to $999May 2019

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

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

Deadline: May 1, 2019

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 2018 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 May 1, 2019. 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.

VA Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition
Intellectual Property$5000 or moreMay 2019

Competition Website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty-news/2018_vsb_ip_law_section_writing_competition_deadline_may_31_2018

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

Deadline: May 31, 2019

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.

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 2019

ACM Computer Science and Law Student Paper Competition
Accounting & Law$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://internetpolicy.mit.edu/cslaw2019-student-paper-cfp/

Sponsor: ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Essay Topic: Security, privacy, encryption, and surveillance Cyber espionage, cyber war, and cyber diplomacy Cyber crime, cyber law enforcement, and digital forensics Freedom of expression online (or the lack thereof) Online market structure, platform monopolies, and antitrust law Online government services Digital intellectual property Legal informatics Automation of legal reasoning and legal services Fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics (FATE) in machine learning and data mining Methodological compatibility and incompatibility between the disciplines of computer science and law We encourage submissions of papers written for university courses covering topics in computing and law. Courses listed in departments or schools of computer science, law, public policy, information science, information studies, and other relevant disciplines are eligible. Additionally, we encourage students who have completed substantial course projects that aren’t papers, including development of computer systems that address policy challenges, to submit papers that describe those projects and the findings and conclusions that the led to.

Prize Information:

The symposium organizers will provide a travel stipend for at least one student per successful submission to present their work and attend the entire symposium.

Notes: For full contest details and submission guidelines see the flyer HERE.

CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition in California Legal History
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$2000 to $2499June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.cschs.org/programs/student-writings/

Sponsor: California Supreme Court Historical Society

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Essay Topic: Original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of legal history that deals significantly with California, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance — including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, and reorganization of the court system, as well as areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation — in any time period from 1846 to the present.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,500 publication in the Society’s journal, California Legal History

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

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

Smith- Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition
Property Law$2000 to $2499June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/writingcompetition/

Sponsor: Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association

Deadline: June 7, 2019

Essay Topic: Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law) and will be evaluated based on: (1) originality; (2) contribution to the understanding or development of the fields of planning and law; (3) quality of scholarship; and (4) quality and organization of writing.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,000 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.

2nd Place: $400

3rd Place: $100

Notes: For submission guidelines and full contest rules please see the contest website HERE.

Robert C. Watson Award
Intellectual Property$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.aipla.org/resources/programs-awards/robert-c.-watson-award

Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Association

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Essay Topic: Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 28, 2019. Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2018.

Prize Information:

The winner will receive reasonable expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 24 – 26, 2019 in Washington DC, to receive their award.

Notes:

To be eligible for consideration, articles must be:

  • Written solely by a full-time law student (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course.
  • Emailed and received by AIPLA on or before June 28, 2019
  • Approximately 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 typed pages)
  • Please submit 1 copy (Submission must be made in PDF or text format) to wastsonaward@aipla.org
  • Accompanied by the writer’s name, current address, phone number, e-mail address and employment information if appropriate

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Wills & Trusts$5000 or moreJune 2019

Competition Website: https://actecfoundation.org/resources-for-law-students/law-student-writing-competition/

Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Deadline: June 17, 2019

Essay Topic: Area and Topics: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Any one or more of the following topics are appropriate for discussion: Business Planning Charitable Planning Elder Law Employee Benefits Fiduciary Accounting Fiduciary Administration Fiduciary Income Taxation Fiduciary Litigation Estate Planning and Drafting Professional Responsibility Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

2nd Prize: $3,000 online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal

3rd Prize: $1,000 online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

Notes:

For full contest information and submission guidelines see the website HERE.

Tax Analysts Annual Student Writing Competition
Tax Law$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.taxnotes.com/awards/for-students

Sponsor: Tax Analysts

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Essay Topic: Submissions should focus on an unsettled question in federal, state, or international tax law or policy.

Prize Information:

Winning entries are published in one of Tax Analysts’ weekly magazines and will be eligible to receive a 12-month subscription to Tax Analysts’ daily and weekly products. Winners’ names and schools will be prominently featured on the Tax Notes website. All winning articles will remain in the Tax Notes archives indefinitely. Winning entrants will be subject to Tax Analysts’ editorial process and publication policies, including signing an outside author agreement.

Notes: For submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Legal Writing$5000 or moreJune 2019

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

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: June 3, 2019

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

Second Place $5,000
Third Place $3,000
Finalist $1,000
Finalist $1,000

$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

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.

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$1500 to $1999June 2019

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

Sponsor: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Deadline: June 3, 2019

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 21, 2019 inWashington, DC. 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, 2018 and August 15, 2019 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 brian.dougherty@morganlewis.com.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines see the official flyer HERE. Dates on flyer are incorrect but rules information is accurate.

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition
Alternative Dispute Resolution$1000 to $1499June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions/james_b_boskey_law_student_essay_contest_on_dispute_resolution.html

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Deispute Resolution in association with the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution of UNLV Boyd School of Law and Penn State Dickinson

Deadline: June 14, 2019

Essay Topic: The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses.

Prize Information:

One competition prize of $1,000 dollars will be awarded for the best entry as judged by the Boskey Essay Committee, comprised of representatives from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

Notes:

Eligibility:

The competition is open to all full and part-time J.D. law students. Employees of the American Bar Association are ineligible to enter the competition. Previously published essays are not eligible. If a student's essay has been accepted for publication, the student must inform the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution at the time of the initial submission to the competition. If the student's essay is accepted for publication after submission to the essay competition but before a decision is reached by the Essay Committee, the student must inform the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution of this acceptance immediately. The ABA shall have the right of first publication of the winning essay.

Authorship:

Each entry shall be the original work of a single individual and constitute an independent subject. The ideas and work reflected by each entry must be the author's own. The author must perform all of the key tasks of identifying the topic, research it, analyzing it, formulating positions and arguments, and writing and revising the paper for himself or herself. The author may inform another of the progress he or she has made in performing these tasks and accept a reasonable amount of responsive advice from academicians or practitioners in the field but the student must avoid undue collaboration. For example, the author may obtain a professor's opinion that a proposed topic is a good choice, or that a detailed outline should be reorganize, or that a first draft unwisely omits to cover a subtopic or to raise and respond to criticisms of the author's premise. The author must limit the amount of such advice sought or received so that the final entry truly reflects the author's own ideas and work and not that of another.

For full contest submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

Larry M. Simonsmeier Award
Pharmacy Law$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.aspl.org/larry-m-simonsmeier-award

Sponsor: American Society for Pharmacy Law

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Essay Topic: ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to Pharmacy Law with the Simonsmeier Award. The Award recognizes an outstanding paper relating to the interests of ASPL published during the prior two years (2014-2016).

Prize Information:

ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to Pharmacy Law with the Simonsmeier Award. The Award recognizes an outstanding paper relating to the interests of ASPL published during the prior two years (2017 and 2018). The 2019 Award includes an honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar XXX in San Diego, CA  November 7-10, 2019.

Notes:

The Award is named in honor of the late Larry Simonsmeier (1944-2009), who was a pharmacist and attorney, professor and dean of Washington State University College of Pharmacy, president of ASPL, and editor of Rx Ipsa Loquitur for more than twenty years.

For full nomination and submission guidelines go HERE.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition
Food and Drug Law$300 to $999June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.fdli.org/career/austern-writing-competition/

Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers should provide an indepth analysis of a current legal or regulatory issue concerning FDA regulated industries: food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices or tobacco. FDLI welcomes the submission of papers prepared for course work, but entrants must pay attention to competition details and edit such papers accordingly

Prize Information:

1st place - $750

2nd place - $500

3rd place - $250

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.

2019 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law
Cultural Heritage Law$1000 to $1499June 2019

Competition Website: http://www.culturalheritagelaw.org/competition

Sponsor: The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Deadline: June 30, 2019

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $500 at LCCHP discretion

Notes:

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must have been written between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication are eligible for consideration as long as the other eligibility and formatting requirements are satisfied.

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

Papers must be the work of one student author alone (joint submissions will not be considered).  Each author may submit only one paper to this year’s competition.

Full full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

July 2019

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Criminal Procedure$2500 to $2999July 2019

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/criminal_justice_magazine/greenhalgh_2019.pdf

Sponsor: Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The Use of Drones by Law Enforcement—How should drones enhance public safety, how should drones be regulated, and what role does the Fourth Amendment play? For example, drones could assist police with pursuits of armed individuals or help find missing people. On the other hand, drones can peer into people’s windows in the upper floors of a high rise. Drones can carry many different devices – high resolution cameras, sensitive microphones, weapons, GPS trackers. Is this comparable to or different from these devices being in a police car? Clear, persuasive and original analytical reasoning that is well-supported with concrete examples and references are essential and will weigh heavily in the determination of the contest winner.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section. (The winner is solely responsible for taxes on both the cash prize and reimbursed travel.)

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

Admiral John S. Jenkins Prize for Excellence in Military Studies
Military Law$0 to $299July 2019

Competition Website: https://nimj.org/nimj-writing-competitions/rear-admiral-john-s-jenkins-writing-award/

Sponsor: National Institute for Military Justice (NIMJ)

Deadline: July 31, 2019

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) in academic year 2018-19.

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 http://dev.nimj.org/contact-us/ no later than 31 July 2019.

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Law$5000 or moreJuly 2019

Competition Website: https://www.tannenwald.org/2019-Competition-Announcement

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

Deadline: July 8, 2019

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

Notes:

Official rules HERE.

Deadline for submitted papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 8, 2019.

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).

Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Asian Pacific American Law$5000 or moreJuly 2019

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

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

Deadline: July 1, 2019

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. The Competition is open to all law students and anyone who graduated from law school within the last five years (i.e., 2014 or later) in the United States. Submissions must address a legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

Prize Information: The winner of the 2019 Competition will receive a monetary award of $6,000, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Journal.

Notes:

For additional information go HERE.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or moreJuly 2019

Competition Website: http://home.innsofcourt.org/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize/Warren_E_Burger_Prize.aspx

Sponsor: American Inns of Court

Deadline: July 1, 2019

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

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.

George Hutchinson Writing Competition
The Judiciary$3000 to $3999July 2019

Competition Website: https://fedcirbar.org/Pro-Bono-Scholarships/Scholarships/Rules

Sponsor: Federal Circuit Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers must deal with a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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 2018 Annual Dinner in Washington, D.C. The prize-winning paper may be considered for publication in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.

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

Notes:

Students enrolled for the 2018/2019 school year in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association are eligible to enter.  Pre-registration is not necessary.  Submission of a paper in accordance with these rules constitutes registration.
Submission of a paper grants the FCBA the right to consider publication of the paper in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.  Previously published submissions will not be accepted.  The FCBA reserves the right to publish the paper first, at which point the author may proceed with publication elsewhere.  Failure of the student to preserve this grant may result in disqualification.

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
Education Law$0 to $299July 2019

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, 2019

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

2019 Animal Law Student Writing Competition
Animal Law$1000 to $1499July 2019

Competition Website: http://www.nysba.org/CustomTemplates/Content.aspx?id=63224

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

Deadline: July 12, 2019

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. Any topic on Animal Law.

Prize Information:

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

2nd Place: $500 and a certificate of achievement.

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

August 2019

James E. Beckley Writing Competition
Securities Arbitration$1000 to $1499August 2019

Competition Website: https://piaba.org/2019-beckley-student-writing-competition-0

Sponsor: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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.

September 2019

The NASA Space Law Network Writing Competition
Administrative Law$0 to $299September 2019

Competition Website: https://law.unl.edu/spacelawnetwork/workshop/

Sponsor: The University of Nebraska College of Law¿s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program

Deadline: September 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers should discuss a current issue in space law ranging from treaties and foreign space legislation, U.S. space legislation and the intersections of domestic space law and international law, arms control and the law of armed conflict in space, procurement and government contracting, ITAR and export control, contracting and transactional practice, to intellectual property, and/or other areas of law intersecting with space law.

Prize Information:

The selected paper author will receive airfare and hotel to attend the 2019 Nebraska Law Space Law Conference in Washington DC on Friday October 18, 2019 and have the opportunity to do a 10-15 minute presentation of their research. Their 2019 conference experience will include a NASA visit the day prior to the conference, a networking reception following the conference, and the option to extend the return airline ticket to accommodate attending the International Astronautical Congress the following week.

Notes: Please see the website HERE for more information.


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