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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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Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Competition Website: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/news/2020/palmer-civil-liberties-prize-2020-call-for-entries

Sponsor: Competition Sponsor

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Essay Topic: The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in spring 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

Prize Information:

First Prize $10,000

Notes: See the website and flyer HERE for more information.

Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition

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

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

Deadline: July 1, 2020

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., 2015 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 2020 Competition will receive a monetary award of $5,000, 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.

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/images/pdfs/AME_COL_WRITING_COMPETITION_ANNOUNCMENT_AND_RULES_2020.pdf

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

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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. 

Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

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

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: May 29, 2020

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.

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May 2020

Patent Progress Writing Competition
Intellectual Property$1000 to $1499May 2020

Competition Website: http://www.patentprogress.org/writingcompetition2020/

Sponsor: Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Deadline: May 22, 2020

Essay Topic: Scholarship focused on issues in patent law and policy arising from the general trend towards more complex multi-component products.

Prize Information:

The author of the selected paper will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The winner, as well as authors of an additional set of selected papers, may be provided with the opportunity to present a shortened version of their paper on Patent Progress.

Notes:

The Georgetown Law Technology Review Writing Competition
Technology Law$4000 to $4999May 2020

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, 2020

Essay Topic: Entrants are invited to submit papers exploring the ways in which emerging technologies and services interact with or challenge existing civil rights and consumer protection laws.  Suggested topics include: questions relating to the adequacy of existing laws, administrative structures and processes to protect consumers and civil rights; proposals for updating legal and administrative frameworks to increase their relevance for emerging technologies; questions relating to privacy, bias, discrimination, or disparate impact on marginalized communities; the potential for technology to improve access, equity and accountability in the justice system; 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.

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Customs & International Trade Law$1000 to $1499May 2020

Competition Website: https://www.law.miami.edu/vance-memorial-writing-competition

Sponsor: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and University of Miami School of Law

Deadline: May 22, 2020

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

Prize Information:

Two prizes will be awarded:

$1,000 first prize

$500 second prize

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

Winning papers will be considered for publication in the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review.

Notes:

Official contest announcement flyer HERE

  • Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or L.L.M. program at any of the nation's law schools.
  • Submissions should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. The paper shall not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. Papers must include footnotes, not endnotes. Papers should be in 12pt. Times New Roman font and have one-inch margins (right, left, top, and bottom). Noncompliance with these requirements may affect evaluation or result in disqualification. Please include the following on the cover sheet of your paper:
  • Full name, address, and telephone number.
  • Law school and year
  • Date of submission of paper
  • A committee of practicing attorneys and professors with relevant expertise will judge the papers. The following factors will be considered:
  • Legal analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth of topic
  • Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes, and regulations
  • Writing style
  • Form and quality of citation
  • Conformity with rules of competition

Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Legal Writing$5000 or moreMay 2020

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

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: May 29, 2020

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.

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
Administrative Law$5000 or moreMay 2020

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/administrative_law/2018_Gellhorn_Sargentich_approved.authcheckdam.pdf

Sponsor: ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Essay Topic: Discuss any topic relating to administrative law.

Prize Information:

Prize: $5,000

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

Notes:

Eligibility:

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

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

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Native American Law$300 to $999May 2020

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

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

Deadline: May 1, 2020

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.

June 2020

Milani Writing Competition
Disability Law$300 to $999June 2020

Competition Website: https://law.mercer.edu/academics/legalwriting/milani-writing-competition.cfm

Sponsor: Mercer University School of Law and the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights

Deadline: June 10, 2020

Essay Topic: The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses. Other permissible topics include issues arising under any of the following statutes: Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; or any state statutes or municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Prize Information: First Prize will range between $300 and $1,000, depending on whether multiple awards are given. The name of the winner(s) in each category will be posted online at the Mercer University School of Law website.

Notes: Full submission guidelines and rules can be seen HERE.

Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
Civil Liberties$5000 or moreJune 2020

Competition Website: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/news/2020/palmer-civil-liberties-prize-2020-call-for-entries

Sponsor: Competition Sponsor

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Essay Topic: The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in spring 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

Prize Information:

First Prize $10,000

Notes: See the website and flyer HERE for more information.

CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition in California Legal History
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$2000 to $2499June 2020

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

Sponsor: California Supreme Court Historical Society

Deadline: June 30, 2020

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.

Robert C. Watson Award
Intellectual Property$0 to $299June 2020

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

Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Association

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Essay Topic: Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 30, 2020. 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, 2019.

Prize Information: The winner will receive reasonable expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 22 – 24, 2020 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 30, 2020
  • 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 2020

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

Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Deadline: June 30, 2020

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 2020

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

Sponsor: Tax Analysts

Deadline: June 30, 2020

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.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999June 2020

Competition Website: https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/AME_COL_WRITING_COMPETITION_ANNOUNCMENT_AND_RULES_2020.pdf

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

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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. 

Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$1500 to $1999June 2020

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

Sponsor: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Deadline: June 1, 2020

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 12, 2020 in Chicago. 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, 2019 and August 15, 2020 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 2020

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 12, 2020

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.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition
Food and Drug Law$300 to $999June 2020

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

Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Deadline: June 19, 2020

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.

2020 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law
Cultural Heritage Law$1000 to $1499June 2020

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

Sponsor: The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Deadline: June 30, 2020

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, 2019 and June 30, 2020. 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 2020

Freedom from Religion Foundation Essay Contest for Law Students
Law & Society$4000 to $4999July 2020

Competition Website: https://ffrf.org/outreach/ffrf-student-scholarship-essay-contests#E

Sponsor: Freedom from Religion Foundation

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Essay Topic: "Are 'No Aid' Clauses Constitutional?" The Supreme Court will decide an important case involving the separation of state and church during the 2019-2020 term. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the court will address whether a decision by the Montana Supreme Court prohibiting state aid for tuition at religious schools based on the state constitution's "No Aid" clause violates the Free Exercise Clause. Many other states have similar "No Aid" clauses that prohibit taxpayer money from going to religious schools. Please write an essay exploring one legal argument defending the constitutionality of Montana's "No Aid" provision, or rebutting one argument that the clause is unconstitutional. There is no need to recount the facts of the case.  

Prize Information:

1st Place: $4,000

2nd Place: $3,000

3rd place: $2,000

4th place: $1,000

5th place: $750

6th place: $500

Notes: Full information on submission requirements and other information can be found HERE.

Eisenberg Prize
Appellate Practice and Procedure$2000 to $2499July 2020

Competition Website: https://www.appellateacademy.org/about/eisenberg_prize.cfm

Sponsor: The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL)

Deadline: July 17, 2020

Essay Topic: The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) created the Eisenberg Prize to recognize the publication of high-quality articles in the field of appellate practice and procedure To be considered for the Eisenberg Prize, articles must have been published in a law school journal between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Submit entries via email at aaal@appellateacademy.org no later than Friday, July 17, 2020.

Prize Information:

First Prize: $2,000

Notes: See the website HERE for more information.

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Criminal Procedure$2500 to $2999July 2020

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/awards/writing_competition/

Sponsor: Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Essay Topic: TOPIC: Stop and Identify. Must persons be suspected of a crime before they can be compelled to identify themselves? For example, should the Fourth Amendment permit police to order the passenger in a vehicle to produce identification during a traffic stop without any individualized, reasonable suspicion of the passenger’s wrongdoing? What about those present in a residence where a search warrant is being executed? Should they be required to identify themselves? 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.

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Law$5000 or moreJuly 2020

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/tannenwald/tannenwald-writing-competition/

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

Deadline: July 8, 2020

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, 2020.

Mail papers to: American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016, Attn: Minh-Tuan Nguyen

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 (nabramo@wcl.american.edu) Benjamin Leff at 202.274.4359 (bleff@wcl.american.edu).

Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Asian Pacific American Law$5000 or moreJuly 2020

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

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

Deadline: July 1, 2020

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., 2015 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 2020 Competition will receive a monetary award of $5,000, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Journal.

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For additional information go HERE.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or moreJuly 2020

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, 2020

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 2020

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

Sponsor: Federal Circuit Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2020

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 2020 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 2019/2020 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 2020

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 30, 2020

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

September 2020

Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition and Scholarship
Criminal Procedure$2000 to $2499September 2020

Competition Website: https://www.recordgone.com/law-student-expungement-competition-3rd-annual.htm

Sponsor: Higbee & Associates

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Essay Topic: Choose One: How to improve expungement related laws in (state of your choice) When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public? What effects do criminal records have on former offenders' ability to re-assimilate?

Prize Information:

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $300
Honorable Mention: $200

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