Legal Essay Contest Catalog

The Richmond Law 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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  • Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition - November 2020

    Competition Website: https://nysba.org/awards-competitions/international-section-albert-s-pergam-international-law-writing-competition-award/

    Sponsor: NY Bar Association: International Section

    Deadline: November 6, 2020

    Essay Topic: Law Students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are cordially invited to submit to the International Section an article concerning any area of public or private international law or practice.

    Prize Information: Winner: $2,000 and Publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York International Law Review

    Notes: Full details and submission guidelines can be found HERE.

  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition - December 2020

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

    Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

    Essay Topic: Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

    Prize Information:

    Prize depends on particular work submitted.

    (a) books - $5000

    (b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field - $3500,

    (c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments - $1500

    The awards include cash payments and, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring meeting of the Business Law section of the ABA. In any given year, depending on submissions, awards may be made in all, some or no categories.

    Notes:

    The deadline for entry is December 1, 2019, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format.

    For more information go HERE.

  • vLex Justis International Law and Technology Writing Competition - December 2020

    Competition Websitehttps://legal.vlex.com/writing-competition-2021/ 

    Sponsor: vLex Justis

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

    Essay Topic:

    1. Money, Law and Technology: A cashless future driven by a pandemic, Bitcoin vending machines and bankers bonuses, are stories many us will be familiar with. But what are the legal stories behind these headlines?

    2. Influence, Law and Technology: Today the law needs to keep up with social media, fake news and influencers. Has much progress been made, or is there still more that can be done?

    3. Movements, Law and Technology: Protest, divided opinions and conflict have unfortunately been a part of human history since writing began, but have these events changed the law?

    Prize Information:

    1 x Grand Prize £1,500 + Remote Internship

    The overall winner will receive a grand prize, and be offered a 3-month internship at one of the world’s leading legal research technology firms. Plus publication of the winning article.

    3 x Runners-up Prize £250

    Three runners-up who place best in each of the three categories will receive a cash prize, alongside the publication of their articles.

    International Publication

    The overall winner, runners-up and notable entries will also have their articles published online and shared with thousands of legal practitioners world-wide. Previously articles from the writing competition have been published in Legal Cheek, Artificial Lawyer, Legal Information Management, Modern Law Magazine, and more.

    Notes: For more information go HERE.

  • Center for Legal & Court Technology Annual Writing Competition - December 2020
  • Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest - January 2021

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

    Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

    Deadline: January 8, 2021

    Essay Topic: Prohibition of alcohol was tried in 1920 but ultimately rejected by the United States. Similarly, pure laissez-faire treatment of alcohol and the industry that profits from it has not been the policy of the federal or state governments. As the nation seeks the proper public health balance in response to Covid-19, can this nation’s alcohol history help shape and inform government health policies related to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic?

    Prize Information:

    First prize: $5000

    Second prize: $2500

    Third prize: $1000

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

  • Program on Church, State & Society Announces Student Writing Competition - February 2021

    Competition Website: https://churchstate.nd.edu/news-events/news/program-on-church-state-society-announces-student-writing-competition/

    Sponsor: The Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School

    Deadline: February 15, 2021

    Essay Topic: The purpose of this writing competition is to encourage scholarship related to the intersection of church, state & society, and in particular how the law structures and governs that intersection. Papers should be focused, broadly, on topics related to church,state & society. For guidance on selecting a topic, students may wish to view ourProgram website and mission statement: https://churchstate.nd.edu/

    Prize Information:

    1st Place: $4,000

    2nd Place: $3,000

    3rd Place: $2,000

    Honerable Mention: $1,000

    Notes: Full contest information and submition guidelines can be found HERE.

  • Family Law Writing Competition - February 2021

    Competition Website: https://law.hofstra.edu/currentstudents/studentactivities/journals/familycourtreview/hflwritingcompetition/index.html

    Sponsor: The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

    Deadline: February 1, 2021

    Essay Topic: The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics.

    Prize Information:

    1st Prize: $500

    • Certificate of recognition as the winner
    • Consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review
    • Letter to the dean of the student’s law school

    Honorable Mention: $250

    • Certificate of recognition as the honorable ­‐ mention winner
    • Consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review
    • Letter to the dean of the student’s law school

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

  • Baxter Family Competition on Federalism - February 2021

    Competition Website: https://www.mcgill.ca/law/research/essay-contests/baxter-competition

    Sponsor: McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism

    Deadline: February 1, 2021

    Essay Topic: Participants are invited to submit an original essay related to any aspect of federal theory or practice. The overarching goal of the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism is to advance research and foster informed debate on federalism by young jurists (including law students, law PhD Candidates, junior legal scholars and junior lawyers) from around the world.

    Prize Information:

    1st Place: $5,000

    2nd Place: $3,000

    3rd Place: $1,000

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

  • 2021 Human Rights Essay Award Competition - February 2021

    Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/award/

    Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

    Deadline: February 1, 2021

    Essay Topic: The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article. Topic for 2021: Human Rights and States of Emergency: Unexpected Crisis and New Challenges

    Prize Information:

    The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

    • A full scholarship* to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options
    • Travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
    • Housing at the university dorms
    • Per diem for living expenses

    The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

    *Scholarship is not applicable to enroll for ABA Credit. All expenses are subject to limitations.

    Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE

  • American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition - February 2021

    Competition Websitehttps://www.law.ou.edu/faculty-and-scholarship/journals/american-indian-law-review/writing-competition

    Sponsor: University of Oklahoma College of Law

    Deadline: February 26, 2021

    Essay Topic: Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.

    1st Prize Information: $1, 000

    2nd Prize Information: $500

    3rd Prize Information: $250

    Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE

  • Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition - February 2021

    Competition Website:https://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/ConnerWritingAwards.asp

    Sponsor: New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)

    Deadline: February 28, 2021

    Essay Topic: The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, antitrust, and data security/privacy issues.

    1st Prize Information: $1, 500

    2nd Prize Information: $1,000

    Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE

  • American Kennel Club Companion Animal Law Writing Contest - March 2021

    Competition Websitewww. akcgr.org/writeaboutanimallaw

    Sponsor: American Kennel Club

    Deadline: March 31, 2021

    Essay Topic:

    Students are asked to choose between two topics: forfeiture of an animal and the legal treatment of animals as property. This year’s topics offer students the unique opportunity to discuss legal perspectives on issues currently in the news and at the forefront of animal law.

    Prize Information:

    The contest will offer a first-place prize of $2500 and a second-place prize of $500.

    Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE.

  • VA State Bar Health Law Section Writing Competition - April 2020

    Competition Websitehttps://www.vsb.org/site/sections/health/competition

    Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Health Law Section

    Deadline: April 23. 2021

    Essay Topic:

    Articles must relate to a health law issue or the practice of health law. There is no minimum length, but articles should not exceed 50 pages, including end-notes.

    Prize Information:

    First Place:  $1,500 and consideration for publication on the Health Law Section’s                                                 website and in Virginia Lawyer, the official publication of the VSB.

    Second Place:   $1000

    Third Place:      $500

     

    Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE.

  • VA Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition - May 2021

    Competition Website: https://www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty/writing-competition

    Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    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.

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition - June 2021

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

    Deadline: June 15, 2021

    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:

    1st Prize $3,000

    The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

    2nd Prize $1,000

    3rd Prize $500

    Notes:

    For more information, rules and submission guidelins go HERE.

    Students are required 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.