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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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Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 27, 2018

Essay Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Prize Information:

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Notes:

All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Candadian law schools.

Entries must be original, unpublished work.

Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double spaced, and standard font.

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018.

Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-8612

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

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

Sponsor: The California Supreme Court Historical Society

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Essay Topic: Original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal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 Prize: $2,500
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250

with possible publication in the journal.

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

Tannenwald Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Rules

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

Deadline: July 6, 2018

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

Provided that the first-prize paper has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, the Foundation has arranged for the publication of such paper in The Florida Tax Review (subject to the normal review and editorial processes of that journal).

Appropriate recognition will also be given to the faculty sponsors of winning papers.

Notes:

Official announcement and rules HERE.

Deadline for submitted papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2018.

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).

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

Competition Website: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/lhrb/awards

Sponsor: The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries

Deadline: April 16, 2018

Essay Topic: Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives; criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation and contribution to the field. The subject should be explored in depth with appropriate reference to sources.

Prize Information:

First Prize $500

The author of the first-place essay will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning, and a joint LH&RB-Gale Cengage award of up to $1000 for travel, lodging, food and other AALL annual meeting attendance expenses.
The author of the winning and runner-up essays will have the opportunity to publish the essay in LH&RB's online annual scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  

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

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January 2018

The Burton Awards
Legal Writing$0 to $299January 2018

Competition Website: https://www.burtonawards.com/awards/legal-writing-awards-students/

Sponsor: Law 360 and ABA

Deadline: January 23, 2018

Essay Topic: The Burton Awards academic board will select 10 law school students to honor with “Distinguished Legal Writing” Award. This great honor will be given to the authors of legal articles that demonstrate creativity, knowledge, and know-how. While the length and subject matter of the legal articles are not limited, the winners will display a true understanding and mastery of the law and their writing must be clear, cogent and concise.

Prize Information:

Complementary ticket to awards gala held at the Library of Congress on May 21, 2018.

Notes:

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
Reproductive Rights$300 to $999January 2018

Competition Website: https://www.ifwhenhow.org/download/?key=fg9jROtcE0S26yZw30ofFP7a78rakc2RfYudBVqoSLSVJXQVlTJVgRSNj2ViGzUk

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

Deadline: January 29, 2018

Essay Topic: The suggested theme for this year is “Immigration is a Reproductive Justice Issue” Drawing on case law and statutory interpretation, discuss how recent immigration-related policies (travel bans, expedited deportations, DACA, “build the wall” rhetoric) impact reproductive rights concerns and/or can be viewed through an intersectional, reproductive justice lens. All submissions on other reproductive rights and justice topics are welcomed.

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.

Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
Accounting & Law$2000 to $2499January 2018

Competition Website: http://www.fedbar.org/Sections/Section-on-Taxation/Writing-Competition.aspx

Sponsor: The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

Deadline: January 8, 2018

Essay Topic: Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation.

Prize Information:

First Place: $2000

Second Place: $1000

Both will receive a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission instructions go the contest website HERE.

Papers written in connection with a law school course, seminar, or paid employment are eligible provided that they are written in the form of a scholarly article and do not contain any client-specific work product. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other legal journals are eligible for the competition.

However, student papers that have already been published in a law review or other legal journal, or that have been selected for publication, are not eligible for the competition. Students must sign the attached Warranty and Authorization to Publish guaranteeing that the paper has not been published or selected for publication as of the date the paper is submitted to this competition and agreeing to permit the Section on Taxation to publish the paper. Student papers submitted to other competitions are eligible for the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999January 2018

Competition Website: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/institutes-centers/institute-for-law-and-the-workplace/louis-jackson-writing-competition

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

Deadline: January 17, 2018

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

Prize Information:

First Place: $3000

Second & Third Place: $1000 each

In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission information see the official contest announcement HERE.

Requirements & Eligibility: Entries must be the law student author's own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2017 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

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

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

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

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499January 2018

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, 2018

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:

Eligibility: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Jan. 31, 2018. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

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

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

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

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

Contact: Telephone Numbers - (405) 325-2840 and (405) 325-5191; Fax: (405) 325-6282; E-mail: Tiffany.T.Guillot-1@ou.edu;

INTA's 2018 Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Trademark Law$2500 to $2999January 2018

Competition Website: http://www.inta.org/Academics/Pages/LadasMemorialAward.aspx

Sponsor: Ladas and Parry LLP

Deadline: January 19, 2018

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

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,500

Complimentary registration to the 2018 Annual Meeting.

The winning papers will be considered for possible publication in The Trademark Reporter (TMR), INTA’s legal journal. Publication will be subject to the TMR Committee’s editorial review and approval

Notes:

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

Complete the online application and submit your paper for consideration. Please visit www.inta.org/ladas or email ladasaward@inta.org with questions.

Full submission guidelines and competition rules HERE.

2017 College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Compensation
Workers Compensation$1500 to $1999January 2018

Competition Website: http://www.cwclawyers.org/html/writing_contest.html

Sponsor: The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers' compensation law. Students are encouraged to present: a public policy issue; a critique of a leading case or doctrine; or a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.

Prize Information:

PRIZES:

First prize - $2,000, plus $1000 to winner's law school scholarship fund

Second price - $1,500.00

Third prize - $1000.00

The winner's article will also be considered for publication in the Workers' First Watch. The Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) magazine, and the ABA tort and Insurance Practice Section Law Journal. The winner will also be invited (expenses paid) to the Annual College Induction Dinner to be honored during the program.

Notes:

For the full contest announcement flyer click HERE.

1. Articles must be original from the applicant and limited to one entry. Articles must not presently be under sondiferationfor any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

2. All articles are to be submitted in the following format:

  • Submitted by email (no author name in body of article, only in cover letter) to susan.wan@cwclawyers.org (Please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line.);
  • All articles are to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2018;
  • Double-spaced, on 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;
  • Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length (including bottom of page footnotes);
  • Citations are to conform to "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Bluebook".

3. If published by the College, the articles become the property of the College. No submitted article may be published elsewhere until after announcement of the winners of the competition. Announcement of the winners will be made at least 30 days in advance of the Annual College Induction Dinner, Spring 2018.

4. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address and phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation.

5. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school or submit entry within a year of graduation.

20th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2018

Competition Website: https://www.grammy.org/grammy-foundation/preservation/entertainment-law-initiative-eli

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

Deadline: January 2, 2018

Essay Topic: The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 20th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, recently added writing competition workshops, a GRAMMY Week scholarship luncheon, and significant panel presentations focusing on relevant and challenging issues with some of the country's most prominent entertainment, intellectual property and copyright attorneys. ELI continues to foster future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Writing Competition Workshops ELI Writing Competition Workshops will be offered at select law schools around the country. For a complete list of workshop dates, competition rules, and deadlines, go to the ELI Page on Facebook or visit www.entertainmentlawinitiative.com. This could be your chance to attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Prize Information:

First Place Winner Receives $10,000

  • Two tickets to and recognition on stage at the 20th Annual ELI event taking place January 26, 2018 in New York City
  • Two tickets to MusiCares® Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac taking place January 26, 2018 in New York City
  • Two tickets to the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and official GRAMMY Celebration after-party taking place January 28, 2018 in New York City
  • Round-Trip airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events

Runner up Receives $2,500

Notes:

For full cometition guidelines and submission guidelines visit the cometition announcement HERE.

www.facebook.com/grammyfoundationeli

www.twitter.com/grammyfnd

www.youtube.com/grammyfoundation

www.instagram.com/grammyfdn

Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents (to be defined below) must be submitted via email to eli_submissions@grammy.com on or before January 2, 2018 at 10am PST (1pm EST). Late manuscripts will not be considered. Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted. Winners will be notified on or before January 10, 2018.

February 2018

Annual Bankruptcy Law Writing Competition
Bankruptcy Law$300 to $999February 2018

Sponsor: Bankruptcy Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

Deadline: February 22, 2018

Essay Topic: Students should submit a paper on a current issue of banckruptcy law, jurisdiction, or litigation, either in the consumer or business arena.

Prize Information:

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500, a plaque, and have their submission published in the Bankruptcy Law Section’s Bankruptcy Law News.  The winner and one guest will also receive an invitation to the annual dinner meeting of the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Law Section, which will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Charlottesville, VA. 

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

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Business Law$2000 to $2499February 2018

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

Sponsor: University of Iowa College of Law

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Essay Topic: Any contemporary international business or economic concern.

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.

Notes:

Submit too:

Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building
185 Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
United States of America

or

E-Mail: law-trandafir@uiowa.edu

Family Law Writing Competition
Family Law$300 to $999February 2018

Competition Website: https://law.hofstra.edu/_site_support/files/pdf/currentstudents/studentactivities/journals/familycourtreview/hflwritingcompetition/hflwritingcompetition.pdf

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

Deadline: February 1, 2018

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.

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

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: February 28, 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.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Administrative Law$1500 to $1999February 2018

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

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Deadline: February 4, 2018

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.

Medes Hershman Student Writing Contest
Business Law$2500 to $2999February 2018

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/mendes_hershman.html

Sponsor: American Bar

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Essay Topic: Papers should be written on a business law topics and will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic.

Prize Information:

1st place: $2,500

2nd place: $1,000

3rd place: $500

All three winners also receive all expenses paid to attend the 2018 Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Outstanding papers may also be included in The Business Lawyer, a quarterly publication which is the premier business law journal in the country.

Notes:

DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2018

For contest submission form go HERE.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999February 2018

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

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

Deadline: February 11, 2018

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 11, 2018.  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 2018The 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.

2018 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299February 2018

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: February 1, 2018

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.

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 2018

Companion Animal Law Writing Contest
Animal Law$0 to $299March 2018

Competition Website: https://cqrcengage.com/akc/file/ckIxevW6lPd/Combo website pages FINAL 9-19-17.pdf

Sponsor: The American Kennel Club

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Essay Topic: • The subject of the paper submitted must be one of the following topics: 1. Companion animals have long been recognized by the law as personal property. When an owner brings suit for loss of a pet or injury to a pet, the damages are calculated under property principles ,which may cap recovery at fair market value. The courts and/or legislatures of several states have beenwilling to accept claims requesting damages beyonda pet’s market value, including for reasonable and necessary veterinary costs that are above market value and for a pet’s “actual value” which can include economic factors besides market value. A few states have allowed emotion-based claims when a pet is maliciously injured or killed, but nearly all states have rejected claims for emotional distress, pain and suffering, sentimental value, loss of companionship and other non-economic damages in negligence claims involving harm to pets. Discuss the causes of action and types of damages above with relation to companion animals. What types of situations would give rise to lawsuits over animal injuries? What are the benefits and disadvantages of allowing expanded liability in these situations? What would be the net impact on pet welfare? All points of view are welcome. OR 2. Pet custody has become a highly dynamic area of the law. Under the traditional view, which is reflected in most state laws, companion animals are considered personal property. In recent years, some courts have started changing how they handle pet custody in family law cases, such as divorce. When a couple separates, the pet is traditionally allocated to one of its owners. It may be determinative if the pet was a gift from one of the owners to the other. In recent years, courts have been experimenting with different types of solutions, including split custody and assessing the best interests of the pet. Custody issues also arise with law enforcement, when the police or animal control take custody of a pet that has been severely neglected and is in need of immediate medical attention. Comparable issues arise when a local shelter takes custody of a pet found in the street. Discuss the relevant law surrounding pet custody, the potential limits on ownership interests in pets, the pros and cons and any potential future impacts of changing the law. All points of view are welcome.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,500

2nd Prize: $500

Notes: View complete contest flyer and submission information HERE.

ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
Bankruptcy Law$2000 to $2499March 2018

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

Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI")

Deadline: March 1, 2018

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:

1st Prize $2,000

2nd Prize $1,250

3rd Prize $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.

The 2018 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Professional Responsibility$5000 or moreMarch 2018

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/awards.html

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

Deadline: March 9, 2018

Essay Topic: The 2018 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under  the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a U.S.-based law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm’s clients.

Prize Information:

Winner Prize: $5,000

All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC, April 25–27, 2018

Notes:

The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the American Bar Association no later than March 3 2017.

For full submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

April 2018

Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Environmental/Land Use Law$2000 to $2499April 2018

Competition Website: https://www.eli.org/constitution-courts-and-legislation/current-diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition

Sponsor: Environmental Law Institute

Deadline: April 9, 2018

Essay Topic: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. (See sample topics on website)

Prize Information:

First Prize $2,000

And an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

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

Virginia State Bar Health Section Writing Contest
Health Law$1500 to $1999April 2018

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Association Health Section

Deadline: April 27, 2018

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 2016-17 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 27, 2018. The winner will be announced in May 2018.

"Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$5000 or moreApril 2018

Competition Website: http://www.commoncause.org/issues/voting-and-elections/redistricting/gerrycontest.html

Sponsor: Common Cause

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Essay Topic: This year, Common Cause is broadening the call for academic papers that defend, critique, or expand on existing legal theories for partisan gerrymandering cases or that propose new legal theories. As cases make their way through the courts, we look to stimulate scholarly research and writing to assist courts in developing greater legal clarity around how to determine what is an unconstitutional gerrymander. Potential partisan gerrymandering topics could include discussions of: The partisan gerrymander tests proposed in Gill v. Whitford (WI), Common Cause v. Rucho (NC), Benisek v. Lamone (MD), and other cases. The use of the First vs. Fourteenth Amendment as protections against manipulation of districts (or the relative importance of showing intent vs. impact to prove a partisan gerrymandering claim). The relationship between partisan gerrymandering claims and the Voting Rights Act. Possible other avenues for creating constitutional protections against partisan gerrymandering, such as Article I, section 2 of the Constitution (allowing the “People of the several States” to choose members of the U.S. House) and Article I, section 4 of the U.S. Constitution (providing that state legislatures “determine the times, places and manner of election” of members of the U.S. House of Representatives).

Prize Information:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $3000

Third Place: $2000

Publication in a leading academic journal (Election Law Journal) & payment of travel expenses to present papers at a national redistricting reform symposium.

Notes:

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

If you have any questions, contact Dan Vicuna at (213) 623-1216 or contest@commoncause.org.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$300 to $999April 2018

Competition Website: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/lhrb/awards

Sponsor: The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries

Deadline: April 16, 2018

Essay Topic: Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives; criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation and contribution to the field. The subject should be explored in depth with appropriate reference to sources.

Prize Information:

First Prize $500

The author of the first-place essay will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning, and a joint LH&RB-Gale Cengage award of up to $1000 for travel, lodging, food and other AALL annual meeting attendance expenses.
The author of the winning and runner-up essays will have the opportunity to publish the essay in LH&RB's online annual scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  

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

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Family Law$1500 to $1999April 2018

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/resources/essay_contest.html

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 27, 2018

Essay Topic: The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony (maintenance), attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues. Family Law generally does not include Juvenile Justice, Probate, Labor, Immigration Law, and sociology topics unless those topics are related to more traditional Family Law subjects. Since winning entries may be published in Family Law Quarterly, entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Essays on such subjects usually include citations to the law of several jurisdictions. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1500

Certificate of Recognition as First-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

2nd Place: $750

Certificate of Recognition as Second-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

3rd Place: $350

Certificate of Recognition as Third-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website

One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Notes:

For full contest criteria and submission guidelines vist the website HERE.

The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the oustanding thought produced by future attorneys.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Legal Ethics$2500 to $2999April 2018

Competition Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 27, 2018

Essay Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Prize Information:

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Notes:

All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Candadian law schools.

Entries must be original, unpublished work.

Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double spaced, and standard font.

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018.

Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-8612

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

May 2018

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Human Rights Law$5000 or moreMay 2018

Competition Website: http://www.pacificlegal.org/pja/writingcomp

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

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Essay Topic: 1. Property Rights - An increasing number of local jurisdictions regulate residential rental housing.  Some regulations require local government employees to conduct extensive, warrantless inspections of residential rental properties (inside and out) in exchange for a certificate to continue renting the property.  Some jurisdictions attempt to force landlords and tenants to agree to warrantless inspections, by fining the landlord and refusing to issue a rental certificate for the property. What are the best constitutional arguments against warrantless searches that can be raised by the landlord and the tenants, with particular emphasis on the Fourth Amendment and the unconstitutional conditions doctrine? 2. Economic Liberty - In her dissent to the decision in Hettinga v. United States, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Janice Rodgers Brown noted that “the practical effect of rational basis review of economic regulation is the absence of any check on the group interests that all too often control the democratic process.” What are the best arguments justifying the rational-basis standard of review for economic regulation, and what are the best arguments against? 3. Environmental Law - The Endangered Species Act (ESA) makes it a crime to “knowingly” take an endangered species, with “take” broadly defined to include any act that has an adverse effect on single member of the species or its habitat. At times the government has argued that a defendant need only have knowingly engaged in an act that resulted in a take to commit the crime of take. In these instances, the government suggests that knowledge of each of the elements of offense – that his actions will result in a take and knowledge of the species taken – is unnecessary to prove the crime. At other times, the government has followed the “McKittrick Policy” – that to have the necessary mens rea to commit a criminal take, knowledge of the elements is necessary to prove the crime. What constitutional or statutory concerns (if any) exist with respect to the abandonment of the McKittrick policy? 4. Free Speech - City recently adopted a democracy voucher program. City mails out four $25 vouchers to each City voter at the start of every municipal election year. The recipients may only use the vouchers as campaign contributions to candidates for City elected office who qualify to receive vouchers under rules set out by the City Ethics and Elections Commission. The voucher program is funded by a dedicated property levy imposed on all property owners. Does the democracy voucher program violate the Constitution? If so, then how? If necessary, address what additional facts or details might affect the constitutionality of the program.

Prize Information:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $3,000

Third Place: $1,000

The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala. PLF will pay for the winner’s reasonable travel costs to attend the gala and will assist with travel arrangements.

Notes:

Please email your submission to PJA@pacificlegal.org. In the body of the email please include your contact information, the law school you attend, and your expected graduation date. You will be notified via email when your submission is received.

For full submission guidelines and contest rules go HERE.

June 2018

CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$2500 to $2999June 2018

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

Sponsor: The California Supreme Court Historical Society

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Essay Topic: Original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, 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 Prize: $2,500
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250

with possible publication in the journal.

Notes: For full contest rules and submission guidelines see the official flyer 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 2018

Competition Website: http://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. 

Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$1500 to $1999June 2018

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

Sponsor: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Deadline: June 1, 2018

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 15, 2018 in Nashville, TN. 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, 2017 and August 15, 2018 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.

July 2018

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Criminal Procedure$2500 to $2999July 2018

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/criminal_justice/greenhalgh_rules.authcheckdam.pdf

Sponsor: Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2018

Essay Topic: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This provision is a powerful protector of privacy rights for individuals. Despite this, the one sentence amendment is vague, and what constitutes reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation. With technological innovations comes the potential for law enforcement to develop new tools to investigate and prosecute crimes. Today, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and courts are challenged by the constitutional implications of emerging technologies that were not contemplated in the 18th century when the Fourth Amendment was drafted. One such tool is the “cell site simulator,” also known as the “IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) catcher,” “stingray,” “triggerfish,” or “swamp box.” The device operates by mimicking the signal of a cell phone tower to mobile phones in a given neighborhood. The phones respond, providing their ID numbers. Once a phone is connected to the simulator, the operator can pinpoint its location with an error margin of only a few feet. This process can transpire without the knowledge of the phone user or the third-party network carrier. Contestants should address the following questions: Does using a cell site simulator constitute an “unreasonable” search in Fourth Amendment terms? If not, why not? And if yes, why and when? Please address the following issues: The legal relevance of the reliance of cell site simulators on information that has been voluntarily conveyed to third parties. The impact of the location of the phone and the length of surveillance on your Fourth Amendment analysis. The potential need to reexamine certain precepts of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in the digital age. One such precept is the third-party doctrine established by Smith v. Maryland (99 S.Ct. 2577 (1979)), according to which an individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy in business record information voluntarily transmitted to a third party. In a modern era in which every aspect of our lives is “voluntarily” transmitted to and recorded by third parties — from our location information (through location-based Google Maps, cell phone towers, our cars, or our miscellaneous “checkins”, among others), to our Cloud stored e-mails and data, Fitbit recorded exercise regimens, and lists of Facebook “friends” — should we continue to characterize such disclosures as “voluntary” and surrender all expectations of privacy in such information? 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 2018

Competition Website: http://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Rules

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

Deadline: July 6, 2018

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

Provided that the first-prize paper has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, the Foundation has arranged for the publication of such paper in The Florida Tax Review (subject to the normal review and editorial processes of that journal).

Appropriate recognition will also be given to the faculty sponsors of winning papers.

Notes:

Official announcement and rules HERE.

Deadline for submitted papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2018.

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).

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or moreJuly 2018

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, 2018

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.


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