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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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Nappert Prize in International Arbitration

Competition Website: https://mcgill.ca/law/research/essay-contests/nappert-prize-international-arbitration

Sponsor: McGill University

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Essay Topic: must relate to commercial or investment arbitration; must be unpublished (not yet submitted for publication) as of April 30; must be a maximum of 15,000 words (including footnotes); must be written in English, French, or Spanish; should use OSCOLA or some other well-established legal citation guide (e.g. McGill Red Book; Bluebook); must be in MS Word format

Prize Information:

1st Place: $4,000 (canadian)

2nd Place: $2,000 (canadian)

3rd Place: $1,000 (canadian)

Winning one of the awards will carry with it the presentation of the paper at a symposium to be held at McGill University on October 20, 2020 (the expenses of the winners for attending the symposium will be covered). In addition, the best oralist will receive an award of $1,000 (canadian).

Notes:

To be eligible for the prize, authors must:

  • be enrolled in a BCL, LLB, JD, LLM, DCL, or PhD program (or their local equivalents); or
  • have taken their most recent law degree within the last three years; or
  • have been admitted to the practice of law for no more than three years.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/awards-initiatives/essay_contest/

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 10, 2020

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.

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

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

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

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Essay Topic: The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $750.00

2nd Prize: $500.00

3rd Prize: $250.00

The winning entry will also be published in the 2018 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits. 

Notes:

The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length. The paper used shall be 8-1/2" x 11" in size. The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on the cover page. Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text. The author's name should appear on the cover page only. Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format. E-mail the formatted version to kyle.shifflett@oscn.net. Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format. Again, the document should be single spaced. The left and right margins must be 2"; the top and bottom margins must be 1/5".

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2019. Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money. Email entries to e-mail kyle.shifflet@oscn.net.

For more information see the contest website HERE.

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/l_student_writing_competition/

Sponsor: ABA Section of Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Committee

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Essay Topic: Law students currently enrolled or graduating can write eligible articles of general interest to the antitrust law community, including: Civil and Criminal Antitrust Law, Competition Policy, Consumer Protection, and International Competition Law. 

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,  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:

Entrants must submit an original article, which has already been published or which is scheduled to be published no later than February 28, 2020, on a current topic dealing with antitrust or consumer protection law. The Selection Committee will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas. Entrants are encouraged to submit subjects of national interest.

Additional Information and submission guidelines can be found HERE.

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October 2019

Modern Agricultural Issues Essay Contest
Administrative Law$0 to $299October 2019

Competition Website: https://www.aglaw-assn.org/wp-content/uploads/AALA-Student-Paper-Writing-Competition.pdf

Sponsor: American Agricultural Law Association (AALA)

Deadline: October 14, 2019

Essay Topic: The entry must discuss any modern and relevant topic related to agricultural law.

Prize Information: Awards for the top winners include: (1) Cash prize; (2) Registration fee covered for AALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC; (3) Opportunity to address AALA Annual Conference Attendees at Awards Luncheon; (4) Article published in AALA Symposium Edition of the Drake Law Review; and (5) embroidered garment bag provided by the Waggoner Law Firm. The winner is strongly encouraged to attend the AALA Conference in Washington, DC, November 7-9, 2019.

Notes: Contest submission guidelines and rules HERE

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest
Law & Society$0 to $299October 2019

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: October 31, 2019

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.

November 2019

Companion Animal Law Writing Contest
Animal Law$2500 to $2999November 2019

Competition Website: http://www.writeaboutanimallaw.com/

Sponsor: The American Kennel Club

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Essay Topic: • The subject of the paper submitted must be one of the following topics: 1. Several state legislatures have recently amended animal control and enforcement laws’ bond-for- care provisions. These laws require an owner to post security or provide a care bond to cover the cost of care for animals seized by animal control or other enforcement entities pursuant to certain criminal and civil law actions. Discuss hallmarks of current bond-for- care laws, including due process protections. Discuss any special variations states may have. Discuss what types of situations have recently given rise to lawsuits by those subject to bond-for- care requirements, and how they have or may be resolved? All points of view are welcome. OR 2. Fraudulent claims that a dog or other animal is a service or emotional support animal have led to denials of access to public spaces and some modes of transportation. Discuss the Animal Welfare Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, and any other laws that apply to emotional support animals. What types of situations would give rise to lawsuits over denial of access? What changes are recommended to curtail service and emotional support animal fraud, and what would be the consequences? What would be the net impact on animal welfare? All points of view are welcome. 

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,500

2nd Prize: $500

Notes: View complete contest flyer and submission information HERE.

December 2019

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition
Technology Law$2000 to $2499December 2019

Competition Website: https://law.wm.edu/academics/intellectuallife/researchcenters/clct/2019-writing-competition/index.php

Sponsor: Center for Legal and Court Technology

Deadline: December 20, 2019

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:

1st place: US $2,500

2nd place: US $1,500

3rd place: US $1,000
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 2019

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

Sponsor: The Williams Institute

Deadline: December 15, 2019

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, 2020. This means that the submission should not be in consideration at other journals before this date.

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 2019

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

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2019

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

Prize Information:

Prize depends on particular work submitted.

(a) books - $5000
(b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field - $3500,
(c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments - $1500

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

Notes:

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

For more information go HERE.

January 2020

Article I Initiative Writing Contest
Legislation$5000 or moreJanuary 2020

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

Sponsor: The Federalist Society

Deadline: January 7, 2020

Essay Topic: Topic: The Nondelegation Doctrine: Intelligible Principle or Unworkable Standard? Our Constitution vests legislative, executive, and judicial powers in three discrete, separate branches. Can Congress modify this constitutional structure by delegating its power to write laws to the administration? According to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Wayman v. Southard, the answer is no. How then do executive agencies possess the vast regulatory power we witness today? In J.W. Hampton v. United States, the Court held that agencies exercise executive, not legislative, power while writing regulations, so long as they are guided by an “intelligible principle” from Congress.  Whatever its justification, this caveat has proven to be the rule rather than the exception. Examples of the Court invalidating regulations for violating the doctrine laid out in Wayman are rare. However, in Gundy v. United States’ striking dissent, three justices called for the revival of the nondelegation doctrine. With Justice Alito signaling agreement in his opinion concurring with the majority, and Justice Kavanaugh’s recent ascent to the Court, it seems likely the issue will return to the Court’s docket. Is the doctrine in need of resuscitation? What would a revived doctrine look like? What would be its practical effects? And how should Congress prepare if they are forced by the Court to take a more active role in generating regulations?

Prize Information:

1st Place: $7,000

2nd Place: $2,000

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 2020

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/l_student_writing_competition/

Sponsor: ABA Section of Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Committee

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Essay Topic: Law students currently enrolled or graduating can write eligible articles of general interest to the antitrust law community, including: Civil and Criminal Antitrust Law, Competition Policy, Consumer Protection, and International Competition Law. 

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,  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:

Entrants must submit an original article, which has already been published or which is scheduled to be published no later than February 28, 2020, on a current topic dealing with antitrust or consumer protection law. The Selection Committee will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas. Entrants are encouraged to submit subjects of national interest.

Additional Information and submission guidelines can be found HERE.

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999January 2020

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 22, 2020

Essay Topic: Employment and Labor Law

Prize Information:

First Place: $3000 Scholarship

Second & Third Place: $1000 Scholarship each

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.

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.

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2020

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

Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

Deadline: January 17, 2020

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.

22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2020

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

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

Deadline: January 2, 2020

Essay Topic: 22nd 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 22nd 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, January 24, 2020 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 2020.

Prize Information:

WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 22nd Annual ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation
  • Two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala Jan. 24, 2020
  • Two tickets to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Jan. 26, 2020
  • 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, 2020 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). Winners will be notified on or before January 13, 2020 by email, phone and/or express mail.

See the website HERE for full contest details.

2020 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299January 2020

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

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: January 31, 2020

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 2020: Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthening Democratic Institutions

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

February 2020

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition
Intellectual Property$1500 to $1999February 2020

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

Sponsor: New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)

Deadline: February 28, 2020

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

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1,500

2nd Place: $1,000

Notes: See the contest flyer for full submission requirements HERE.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Administrative Law$1500 to $1999February 2020

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/the-richard-d-cudahy-writing-competition-on-regulatory-and-administrative-law/

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Deadline: February 2, 2020

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.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499February 2020

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

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: February 28, 2020

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.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999February 2020

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 9, 2020

Essay Topic: Papers will be judged on their effective use, analysis, and expansion of legal scholarship. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, voting rights, civil liberties, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, labor, money in politics, racial equality, religious freedom, Second Amendment, the 2020 Census, or the roles of state attorney generals. The selection committee will include federal judges and leading academics. 

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 winning authors of the top 3 papers will be featured during the 2020 ACS National Convention and on ACS’s website and social media platforms. The 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.

April 2020

Nappert Prize in International Arbitration
International Law$4000 to $4999April 2020

Competition Website: https://mcgill.ca/law/research/essay-contests/nappert-prize-international-arbitration

Sponsor: McGill University

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Essay Topic: must relate to commercial or investment arbitration; must be unpublished (not yet submitted for publication) as of April 30; must be a maximum of 15,000 words (including footnotes); must be written in English, French, or Spanish; should use OSCOLA or some other well-established legal citation guide (e.g. McGill Red Book; Bluebook); must be in MS Word format

Prize Information:

1st Place: $4,000 (canadian)

2nd Place: $2,000 (canadian)

3rd Place: $1,000 (canadian)

Winning one of the awards will carry with it the presentation of the paper at a symposium to be held at McGill University on October 20, 2020 (the expenses of the winners for attending the symposium will be covered). In addition, the best oralist will receive an award of $1,000 (canadian).

Notes:

To be eligible for the prize, authors must:

  • be enrolled in a BCL, LLB, JD, LLM, DCL, or PhD program (or their local equivalents); or
  • have taken their most recent law degree within the last three years; or
  • have been admitted to the practice of law for no more than three years.

WCL National Health Law Writing Contest
Health Law$1000 to $1499April 2020

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

Sponsor: American University - Washintgton College of Law

Deadline: April 15, 2020

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

Prize Information:

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

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.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Family Law$1500 to $1999April 2020

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/awards-initiatives/essay_contest/

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 10, 2020

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.

May 2020

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

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

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

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Essay Topic: Entrants are invited to submit papers exploring the ways in which emerging technologies and services interact with or challenge existing civil rights and consumer protection laws.  Suggested topics include: questions relating to the adequacy of existing laws, administrative structures and processes to protect consumers and civil rights; proposals for updating legal and administrative frameworks to increase their relevance for emerging technologies; questions relating to privacy, bias, discrimination, or disparate impact on marginalized communities; the potential for technology to improve access, equity and accountability in the justice system; or subject-matter-specific legal issues arising from various applications of a technology.  Preference will be given to papers that are relevant to current legal and public policy debates or present an original perspective.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $4,000

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,000

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

Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Essay Topic: The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $750.00

2nd Prize: $500.00

3rd Prize: $250.00

The winning entry will also be published in the 2018 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits. 

Notes:

The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length. The paper used shall be 8-1/2" x 11" in size. The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on the cover page. Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text. The author's name should appear on the cover page only. Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format. E-mail the formatted version to kyle.shifflett@oscn.net. Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format. Again, the document should be single spaced. The left and right margins must be 2"; the top and bottom margins must be 1/5".

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2019. Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money. Email entries to e-mail kyle.shifflet@oscn.net.

For more information see the contest website HERE.


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