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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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Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://tlcp.law.uiowa.edu/trandafir-writing-competition

Sponsor: University of Iowa College of Law

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Any contemporary international business or economic concern. Recent winning submissions have included such topics as recommendations the United States should follow to update its privacy laws to harmonize with international general data protection regulation commitments, why international labor organizations should adopt fair trade as an enforcement mechanism to end labor violations, and why the United States Treasury should wait for Congress to end corporate tax sheltering tactics.

Prize Information:

Prize $1,800

The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law. TLCP reserves the right to work with the winner to edit the winning submission in order to meet the standards necessary for publication.

Notes: For rules and submission guidelines see HERE.

ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://papers.abi.org/

Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI")

Deadline: March 18, 2019

Essay Topic: We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.

Prize Information:

The First Place Winner, sponsored by Blank Rome, LLP, will receive a prize of $2,000, plus publication of his or her paper in the prestigious ABI Journal.

The Second Place Winner, sponsored by Jenner & Block, will receive a cash prize of $1,250, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.

The Third Place Winner, sponsored by Wolcott Rivers Gates, will receive a cash prize of $750, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.

Notes:

Papers must comply with the guidelines for submissions found at http://papers.abi.org/guidelines. Only one paper may be submitted per student.

For full submission guidelines and competition rules go HERE.

Tannenwald Writing Competition

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).

Tax Analysts Annual Student Writing Competition

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.

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November 2018

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest
Law & Society$0 to $299November 2018

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Essay Topic: Suggested Topics:  ​Cybersecurity Issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices Election 2016 Coverage Tax Issues Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accomodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Prize Information:

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.  No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.

  • Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.

  • Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

  • Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.

  • All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).

Articles will be judged by NLR staff members on the basis of readability, clarity, organization, and timeliness. Tone should be authoritative, but not overly formal. Ideally, articles should be straightforward and practical, containing useful information of interest to legal and business professionals.

Notes: For full submission guidelines and requirements go HERE.

December 2018

Innovative Legal Issues Likely to Arise from Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things Writing Competition
Technology Law$2000 to $2499December 2018

Competition Website: https://law.wm.edu/academics/intellectuallife/researchcenters/clct/artificial-intelligence-writing-competition.php

Sponsor: Center for Legal and Court Technology

Deadline: December 18, 2018

Essay Topic: CLCT is pleased to announce its second annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies.

Prize Information:

J.D. & LL.M. Students

1st place: US $2,000

2nd place: US $1,000
Doctoral Law Students
1st place: US $1,000
In exceptional cases, the judges may select one or more papers to receive an honorable mention, which does not entail a cash prize.
The winning submissions will be posted on CLCT’s website.

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

Dukeminier Student Writing Competition
Lesbian & Gay Law$1000 to $1499December 2018

Competition Website: https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/dukeminierstudent-writing-competition/

Sponsor: The Williams Institute

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Essay Topic: Entry topics should focus on a cutting-edge legal issue affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities. Entries should not be previously published or scheduled for publication.  In addition, students who submit notes promise exclusive submission to the Dukeminier Student Writing Competition until January 15, 2019. This means that the submission should not be in consideration at other journals before this date. Prior topics include legal issues involving the intersection of sexual orientation and/or gender identity with the following themes: parenting, racial and ethnic identities, employment, youth, transgender issues, intersex issues, bisexual erasure, marriage, social movements, sports, international comparative law, administrative law, criminal law, constitutional law, and evidence law.

Prize Information:

1st place: $1,000

Notes: See the full contest announcement flyer HERE for rules and submission guidelines.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Consumer Financial Services Law$1000 to $1499December 2018

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

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2018

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 Spring 2019 meeting of the College, scheduled to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia in late March 2019. 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, 2018, 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.

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Law$5000 or moreDecember 2018

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

Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

Deadline: December 7, 2018

Essay Topic: The licensing of individuals and businesses that are involved in the commerce of alcoholic beverages is an important feature of state-based alcohol regulation. Why is licensing necessary for an orderly marketplace, what impact does it have on public health and safety and what are the benefits provided by licensing systems?

Prize Information:

First prize: $5000

Second prize: $2500

Third prize: $1000

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

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
Legislation$1500 to $1999December 2018

Competition Website: https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2018

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

Prize Information:

1st Place: Cash prize $2000; Blog publication; Newsletter circulation; Email announcement.

2nd Place: Blog publication.

3rd Place: Blog publication.

Notes:

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

For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE.

January 2019

Article I Initiative Writing Contest
Legislation$0 to $299January 2019

Competition Website: https://fedsoc.org/opportunities/2nd-annual-article-i-writing-contest

Sponsor: The Federalist Society

Deadline: January 7, 2019

Essay Topic: In the annals of republicanism and civil government, few documents surpass the Federalist Papers in terms of influence and exposition. In Federalist 51, James Madison asserted that “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” The three branches of government – Legislative, Executive, and Judicial – were each imbued with separate, distinct, theoretically balanced powers of government, in the hopes that the ambition of each branch would “check” the ambitions of the other two branches, thereby ensuring that power remains separated and limited. In light of Congress’ modern forbearance within our Constitutional order, was Madison correct that ambition, rightly channeled, is the best preservative of free government? If so, how can the ambition of Congress best be restored to renew the separation of powers as originally envisioned? If not, what superior alternative exists to make government effective, but limited? What factors – be they political, cultural, geographic, etc. – account for this distortion in Madison’s vision?

Prize Information:

1st Place: $5,000 cash prize and will receive free registration, accommodations, and travel to the Federalist Society’s 2019 Student Symposium, March 23-24 in Phoenix, Arizona

2nd Place: $2,500

2 Honorable mention: $1,000

Notes: See contest webpage for submission guidelines and rules HERE.

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition
Antitrust$2500 to $2999January 2019

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/antitrust_law/gen-01374-2018-2019-antitrust-rules%2010-18-2018.pdf

Sponsor: ABA Section of Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Committee

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Essay Topic: The goal of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition (“Competition”) is to encourage and reward law student writings on antitrust law and competition law subjects of general and current interest. As part of this effort, the ABA will sponsor the Competition which invites editors of law school publications to submit to the ABA Section of Antitrust Law published articles on a current topic dealing with antitrust law and consumer protection law. The Competition is designed to attract students to the antitrust law and consumer protection law field and to strongly encourage scholarship in these areas.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,500

also including one-year free membership in the Section of Antitrust Law, and free round-trip airfare (if outside the Washington, DC area) and three nights’ accommodations to attend the Section’s Annual Spring Meeting, March 28-30, 2019 in Washington, DC (airfare, hotel accommodations, and luncheon ticket are valued at approximately $1,000). The winner will also be announced in an upcoming issue of Antitrust, the Section’s magazine, and Antitrust Source, the Section’s e-magazine

Notes: Additional Information and submission guidelines can be found HERE.

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
Reproductive Rights$300 to $999January 2019

Competition Website: https://www.ifwhenhow.org/resources/2019-weddington-writing-prize-call-for-submissions/

Sponsor: Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Essay Topic: The suggested theme for this year is “Democracy, Governance, and Reproductive Justice.” Drawing on case law and statutory interpretation, discuss the role of law in making reproductive justice a reality. Submissions might explore how voter disenfranchisement, administrative and judicial appointments, or other issues of civic engagement and governmental responsibility can be viewed through an intersectional, reproductive justice lens.

Prize Information:

1st Place $750

2nd Place $500

3rd Place $250


in addition to a copy of the textbook, Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Murray & Luker). The first-place winning submission will also be granted a “presumption of publishability” and receive expedited review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.

Notes:

Send your submission as an email attachment (in Word format, saved with your name in the title) along with the name of your law school, graduation year, and mailing address to submissions@ifwhenhow.org.

Full contest guidelines can be viewed HERE.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499January 2019

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

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: January 31, 2019

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

Prize Information:

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

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

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

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

Notes: Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions. All entries will be checked for plagiarism via an online service.

21st Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2019

Competition Website: https://www.grammy.com/entertainment-law-initiative

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

Deadline: January 2, 2019

Essay Topic: 21st Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition The Recording Academy™, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative® to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 21st year, the program has grown to include a national legal writing competition and a GRAMMY® Week event. ELI fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. The ELI writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nation panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The ELI event will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles and at this function the winner of the ELI Writing Competition will be recognized. This event also features recognition of a top music industry legal figure and serves as a key gathering of the industry’s legal and executive community during GRAMMY® Week. Further details and ticket information for this event will be announced soon. In the meantime, law students are encouraged to participate in the ELI Writing Competition to further their knowledge, better connect to the music and legal community and also to get a chance to attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® in Los Angeles in 2019.

Prize Information:

WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 21st Annual ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation
  • Two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8, 2019
  • Two tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Feb. 10, 2019
  • Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events

RUNNER-UP WILL RECEIVE

  • $2,500 scholarship

Notes:

Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents (to be defined below) must be submitted via email to eli_submissions@recordingacademy.com on or before January 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). Winners will be notified on or before January 18, 2019 by email, phone and/or express mail.

See the website HERE for full contest details.

February 2019

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Business Law$2000 to $2499February 2019

Competition Website: https://tlcp.law.uiowa.edu/trandafir-writing-competition

Sponsor: University of Iowa College of Law

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Any contemporary international business or economic concern. Recent winning submissions have included such topics as recommendations the United States should follow to update its privacy laws to harmonize with international general data protection regulation commitments, why international labor organizations should adopt fair trade as an enforcement mechanism to end labor violations, and why the United States Treasury should wait for Congress to end corporate tax sheltering tactics.

Prize Information:

Prize $1,800

The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law. TLCP reserves the right to work with the winner to edit the winning submission in order to meet the standards necessary for publication.

Notes: For rules and submission guidelines see HERE.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Administrative Law$1500 to $1999February 2019

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/special-projects/richard-d-cudahy-writing-competition

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Deadline: February 3, 2019

Essay Topic: Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or of deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.

Prize Information:

Prize: $1,500

The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

Notes:

For compete contest guidelines and submission guidelines go HERE.

Papers must be emailed to cudahy@acslaw.org in Word format.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999February 2019

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/constance-baker-motley-national-student-writing-competition/

Sponsor: American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter

Deadline: February 10, 2019

Essay Topic: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. The deadline for this year's competition February 10, 2019.  ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include: Civil Liberties Civil Legal Aid Consumer Rights Criminal Justice Disability Rights Protection of Health, Safety, and the Environment Education Freedom of Speech Privacy Immigration Voting and Political Process Racial Equality Religion Money in Politics (including Judicial Elections) Separation of Powers and Federalism Women's Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Freedom LGBT Rights Human Rights 2nd Amendment and Guns Education Indigent Defense Labor Law

Prize Information:

First Prize: $3000

Two Second Place Prizes: $1000 each

Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2019The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

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

2019 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299February 2019

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

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: February 1, 2019

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 2019: The Protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law

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

March 2019

ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
Bankruptcy Law$2000 to $2499March 2019

Competition Website: http://papers.abi.org/

Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI")

Deadline: March 18, 2019

Essay Topic: We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.

Prize Information:

The First Place Winner, sponsored by Blank Rome, LLP, will receive a prize of $2,000, plus publication of his or her paper in the prestigious ABI Journal.

The Second Place Winner, sponsored by Jenner & Block, will receive a cash prize of $1,250, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.

The Third Place Winner, sponsored by Wolcott Rivers Gates, will receive a cash prize of $750, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.

Notes:

Papers must comply with the guidelines for submissions found at http://papers.abi.org/guidelines. Only one paper may be submitted per student.

For full submission guidelines and competition rules go HERE.

April 2019

WCL National Health Law Writing Contest
Health Law$1000 to $1499April 2019

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

Sponsor: American University - Washintgton College of Law

Deadline: April 16, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers must address an issue or issues related to health law and/or food and drug law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize - $1,000
2nd Prize - $500

Entries will be considered for publication in the WCL Health Law and Policy Brief.

Notes:

Please direct all questions to Professor Asha Scielzo at scielzo@wcl.american.edu.

For full competiton rules and requirements go HERE.

Virginia State Bar Health Section Writing Contest
Health Law$1500 to $1999April 2019

Competition Website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/health/competition

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Association Health Section

Deadline: April 26, 2019

Essay Topic: Articles must relate to a health law issue or the practice of health law.

Prize Information:

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

2nd Prize: $1,000

3rd Prize: $500

Notes:

See contest flyer HERE for full contest rules and submission guidelines.

There is no minimum length, but articles should not exceed 50 pages, including end-notes. Entries must include the student’s name, address, telephone number, law school, expected graduation date, and the following signed statement: “I declare that during the 2018-19 academic year, I was enrolled and in good standing (i) at a Virginia law school, or (ii) at a law school outside Virginia as a Virginia resident. I further declare that this entry was written solely by me while enrolled and in good standing in law school.” The student author’s inclusion of this statement in the transmittal email, together with his or her typed name between two forward slashes (i.e. /Jane M. Doe/) shall constitute a signature for the purpose of the signed statement requirement.

All entries must be sent by email to Sara Heisler at sheisler@vhha.com no later than April 26, 2019. The winner will be announced in May 2019.

The 2019 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Civil Liberties$5000 or moreApril 2019

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

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

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Essay Topic: Essay submissions are sought on the topic: “Legal Strategies to Address Gun Violence”

Prize Information:

Prize: $5,000

Complimentary 2019 Public Citizen membership

Notes:

Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

For full information and submission guidelines go HERE.

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.

June 2019

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.

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).


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