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Student Writing Competitions

January

GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries

GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries are sponsoring a 20th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. Papers should address the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The first place winner will receive $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; and round-trip airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events. The runner up will receive $2,500.

Deadline: January 2, 2018

American College of Legal Medicine

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

The ACLM is sponsoring the American College of Legal Medicine's 2016 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics.  Papers may deal with any aspect of legal medicine, including medical licensure and regulation of the profession, business aspects of medical practice, liability of physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, public health law, the physician-patient relationship, care of special patients, food and drug law, medical research, forensic science, and the history of legal medicine.  The first place winner will receive $1,000; second place will receive $500; and third place will receive $250. Additional the first place winner will be named the Hirsch Award Winner, receive a one year membership to ACLM and a trip to the ACLM Annual Meeting in Los Vegas

Deadline: January 05, 2017

Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation is sponsoring the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition. Papers will be accepted on topics related to federal taxation  The first place winner will receive $2000 and the second place winner will receive $1000. Both winners will receive a trip to FBA's Tax Conference in Washington D.C and may be Published in  the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.

Deadline: January 8, 2018

American Bar Association

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

The ABA Business Law Section is sponsoring the Mendes Hershman Award.  The papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Depending on the topic, prior publication, and other factors, a previously unpublished first place winning essay may be considered for publication in a Section publication.  First place will receive $2,500; second place will receive $1,000; and third place will receive $500.  Each winner will receive an all-expense paid trip by the Section to attend the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting to collect his/her prize. Outstanding papers may also be included in The Business Lawyer, a quarterly publication which is the premier business law journal in the country.

Deadline: January 6, 2017

College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers is sponsoring their annual Writing Competition for Law Students.  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.  First place will receive $2,000 plus $1,000 to the winner's law school scholarship fund; second place will receive $1,500; and third place will receive $1,000.  The winning 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.

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is sponsoring the Third Annual Jameson Crane III Writing Competition.  Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.  First place will receive $1,500; two second place winners will receive $1,000 each.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Missouri-American Society of International Law Dispute Resolution Interest Group Contest

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

Missouri-American Society of International Law Dispute Resolution Interest Group is sponsoring a writing competition for students. Papers will be accepted on issues involving public and private international dispute resolution. The first place winner will receive $450 and be consider for publication in the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Second place winner will receive $125

Deadline: January 15,2017

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

Jackson Lewis LLP and The Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law are sponsoring the Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. 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. First place wins $3,000; second and third place win $1,000 each. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.

Deadline: January 17, 2018

International Trademark Association

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

The INTA is sponsoring the Ladas Memorial Award.  The subject of the paper must be trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks.  The winner will each receive U.S. $2,500 and a complimentary registration to the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Deadline: January 18, 2017

Epstein Becker Green

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

EBG is sponsoring their 19th Annual Health Law Writing Competiton.  Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  First place will receive $4,000; second place will receive $2,000; and third place will receive $500.

Deadline: January 27, 2017.

American Bar Association

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

The ABA's Forum on Construction Law is sponsoring their annual Student Writing Competition.  Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law.   The winning author receives a $2,000 prize, travel expenses and registration for the next Forum annual meeting (where the winner in introduced and receives a plaque), a one-year Forum membership, recognition in the Forum newsletter, Under Construction, the Forum Flash, and on the Forum's website, plus the opportunity to be published in one of the Forum's two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. In addition to the first place winner, one or more authors may be judged a finalist and recognized with a plaque and in Forum publications.

Deadline: January 30, 2017

American Bar Association

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law is sponsoring their Annual Student Writing Competition.  Papers should cover topics relating to eligible articles of general interest to the antitrust law community, including: Civil and Criminal Antitrust Law, Competition Policy,Consumer Protection, and International Competition Law. The article must be published in the student's school's law review or journal January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018, and the student must be nominated by the publication's editor-in-chief.  The $2,500 award will be presented at the Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting (April 11-13, 2018) in Washington, DC. The winner will receive an invitation to the Meeting, as well as transportation and accommodations (if living outside DC area).

Deadline: January 31, 2018

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest

*2018 Updates Coming Soon*

The National Law Review is sponsoring a writing competition for students. Papers will be accepted on verity issues including Cyber security, First Amendment, Gun Control in the workplace, Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accommodations, and Age/Sex discrimination. Winners will be published on the NLR website along with winner photo and biography. 

Deadline: January 31,2017

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition​

American Indian Law Review  is sponsoring a writing competition for students. Papers will be accepted on issues involving American Indian law or indigenous peoples. The first place winner will receive $1000 and publication in the American Indian law Review. Second place winner will receive $500. This place will receive $250. All three winners will receive an e-book copy of Handbook of Federal Indian Law by Felix Cohen ​and will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review.

Deadline: January 31, 2018

February

Family Law Writing Competition

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts are sponsoring a Family Law Writing Competition. Papers may address any area of family law but papers focusing on international or interdisciplinary subject are strongly encouraged.  The first place winner will receive $500. Second place winner will receive $250. Both winners will beconsider for publication in the Family Court Review.

Deadline: February 1,2017

 

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is sponsoring the 2017 Human Rights Essay Award Competition. This years topic is "Emerging Challenges in the Relationship Between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law." Two winners will receive a full scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, travel expense to D.C. housing, and a per diem for living expense. 

Deadline: February 1,2017

The Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law

The Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law is sponsoring a Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Papers should address business or securities law. The first place winner will receive $500 and be published in the Journal of Business & Securities Law. 

Deadline: February 05,2017

American Constitution Society

The ACS is sponsoring the Tenth Annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. 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.  The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer and law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the Summer 2017 ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

Deadline: February 5, 2017

American Constitution Society

The ACS is sponsoring the Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition.  The American Constitution Society welcomes all papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.   Examples of possible topics include: access to the courts, civil liberties, consumer rights, disability rights, freedom of speech, LGBT rights, human rights, immigration, labor law, money in judicial elections, voting and the political process, privacy, protection of health, safety, the environment, racial equality, religion, second amendment and guns, separation of powers and federalism, and women’s reproductive rights and reproductive freedom.  The author of the top submission will receive $3,000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1,000. ACS will post winning submissions on its website. In addition, the three winning authors will be recognized at the 2016 ACS National Convention in mid-June. 

Deadline: February 12, 2017

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law is co-sponsoring the Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law along with Jackson Lewis LLP.  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. One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is sponsoring the The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure.  Papers should addresses issues pertaining to criminal law and/or procedure with a focus on issues effecting California. First prize will receive $1500. Three Honorable Mention Prizes will receive $500. All winners will be published in the Criminal Law Journal and receive a one-year membership in the Criminal Law Section. 

Deadline: February 28, 2017

March

Brogdon and Champion LLC

Brogdon and Champion LLC is sponsoring a writing competition for students. Papers will be accepted on issues involving ethical issues resulting from representing plaintiffs in wrongful death and personal injury cases. The first place winner will receive $2500 The second place winner will receive $1000.

Deadline: March 01,2017

American Bankruptcy Institute

The ABI is sponsoring their 9th Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition.   The competition invites 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.  First place will receive $2,000 and publication in the ABI Journal; second place will receive $1,250 and publication in the ABI newsletter; and third place will receive $750 and publication in the ABI newsletter.

Deadline: March 1, 2017

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

The NYIPLA is sponsoring the Hon. William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition.  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 and antitrust.  First place will receive $1,500 and the runner-up will receive $1,000.

Deadline: March 3, 2017

American Bar Association

The ABA is sponsoring the Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers For Innovative Research and Writing on Lawyers' Professional Liability.  The 2017 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a 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. First place receives a cash award of $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to the Spring 2016 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Boston, MA, April 19-21, 2017.

Deadline: March 3, 2017

University of Iowa College of Law

University of Iowa College of Law is sponsoring a Trandafir International Business Writing Competition. Papers will be accepted on any contemporary international business or economic concern. The winner will receive $2000 and be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems

Deadline: March 3,2017

Companion Animal Writing Contest

The American Kennel Club is sponsoring a Companion Animal Writing Contest. Entries should address companion animals. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and the second place winner will receive $500.

Deadline : March 30, 2018

April

International Chamber of Commerce

International Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a The ICC Institute of World Business Law Prize. Papers should be on topics related to international commercial law. Papers must be a least 150 pages. The winner will receive  €10000

Deadline: April 07,2017

Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute is sponsoring their annual Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition.  The competition includes any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component.  The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

Deadline: April 10, 2017

American Bar Association

The ABA Section of Family Law is sponsoring the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest.  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.  The first place winner will receive $1,500; second place will receive $750; and third place will receive $350.  All three submissions will be considered for publication in Family Law Quarterly and on the ABA website.

Deadline: Entrants must apply for an entry number by April 14, 2017 and all entries must be sent by 28 April, 2017

Public Citizen

Public Citizen is sponsoring the The 2016 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition. This years essays topic is “What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?"  The winner will receive $5,000 and the winning submission will be posted on the Public Citizen website.

Deadline: April 28, 2017

May

American Bar Association

The ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice is sponsoring their annual Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition.  The entry must discuss any topic relating to administrative law.  The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC. At the discretion of the Section and the respective editorial boards, the winning entry may be selected for publication in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Georgia State University College of Law

GSU Law is sponsoring the 5th Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition.  Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.  First place will receive $3,000; second place will receive $2,000; and third place will receive $1,000.  First place will also have the option to publish his/her article in the Georgia State Law Review.

Deadline: May 2, 2017

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition

The Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness is sponsoring a writing competition for students. Papers topics are provided on the competition website. The first place winner will receive $5000 and a trip to the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala. The second place winner will receive $3000. The third place winner will receive $1000.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

American Association of Law Libraries

The AALL, in conjunction with LexisNexis, is sponsoring the 2017 Call for Papers writing competition.  The entry must discuss any topic which is relevant to law librarianship.  First place will receive $650 and the opportunity to present their paper at the 2016 AALL meeting in Chicago.

Deadline: May 16, 2017

John Marshall Law School is sponsoring their annual Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition.  The subject of the paper may be any topic relating to tax law.  First place will receive $3,000; two honorable mentions will receive $1,000 each.

Deadline: May 16, 2017

International Association of Defense Counsel

The IADC is sponsoring their annual Student Writing Contest.  Papers should be on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.  First place receives $2,000; second place receives $1,000; and third place receives $500.

Deadline: May 19, 2017

American Bar Association

2017 Information Pending. 

The ABA Section of Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is sponsoring their annual Public Land and Resources Writing Competition.  Papers should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the topic of the role of public lands and policy. The topic is not confined to any particular type of public lands issue.  First place will receive $1,000; second place will receive $750; and third place will receive $500.

Deadline: May 20, 2016

American Bar Association

2017 Information Pending

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and resources is sponsoring their Endangered Species and Biodiversity Protection Writing Competition.  Papers  should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to species conservation law, including endangered and threatened species, biodiversity, habitat conservation, and similar themes.  First place will receive $1,000; second place will receive $750; and third place will receive $500.

Deadline: May 31, 2016

June

The Food and Drug Law Institute

The FDLI is sponsoring the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition.  Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of a current legal issue concerning food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices or tobacco.  First place will receive $5,000; second place will receive $3,000; and third place will receive $1,000.

Deadline: June 12, 2017

American Bar Association

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, along with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is sponsoring their Annual Writing Competition.  Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  First Place will receive $3000; second place will receive $1000; and third place will receive $500. 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.

Deadline: June 15, 2017

Asian Pacific American Bar Education Fund

2017 Information Pending 

The AEF is sponsoring the Robert T.Matsui Annual Writing Competition.  Submissions must address a legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.  The winner will receive a monetary award of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500), and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ),  subject to APALJ’s standard editorial process and copyright policy.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

American Intellectual Property Law Association

2017 Information Pending

The AIPLA is sponsoring the Robert C. Watson Award.  Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.

Deadline: June 30, 2016

July

Education Law Association

The ELA is sponsoring the George Jay Joseph Award in Education Law.  The subject matter must address one or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education.  

Deadline: July 1, 2017

American Inns of Court

The American Inns of Court are sponsoring the annual Warren E. Burger Prize.  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.  The winner will receive $5,000 and the essay will be published in South Carolina Law Review.

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship

Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship is sponsoring their Annual Writing Competition.  Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).  First place will receive $5,000; second place will receive $2,500; and third place will receive $1,500.

Deadline: July 5,2017

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

2017 Information Pending

The ACEBC is sponsoring their 2016 Writing Competition.  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.  There are two prizes which may be awarded of $1,500 each.  The winning papers may also be published in a BNA journal or another employee benefits journal.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

August

September

NASI

2017 Information Pending

The National Academy of Social Insurance is sponsoring the Annual Law Student Writing Award. The paper may address issues relating to legal and policy issues relating any social insurance programs. The winner will receive $2,500 and the opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid.

The deadline for submission is September 15, 2015.

PIABA Foundation

2017 Information Pending

The PIABA Foundation is sponsoring the 2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition.  The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the PIABA Bar Journal; second place receives $750; third, $500.

The deadline for submission is September 16, 2016.

ABA Section of Public Contract Law

2017 Information Pending

The Section of Public Contract Law is sponsoring its Writing Competition.  The paper should address a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community.  The first place winner will receive $5,000; second place, $2,500; third place, $1,000.  Winning entries will be considered for publication in the Public Contract Law Journal and may be invited to present their papers at the Federal Procurement Institute.

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2016.

October

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

2017 Information Pending

The American Univ. Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law is sponsoring the International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. Submissions papers should address the Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a one-year American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society student membership. The winning author will also have the opportunity to present his or paper through a virtual conference with a panel of experts.

The deadline for submission is October 5, 2016.

November

ASECA

The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni is sponsoring the Securities Law Writing Competition. The paper may address any subject in the field of securities law. The prize for first place is $5,000; second, $3,000; third, $2000.

Deadline: November 10, 2017
ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition

The Association of Securities and Exhange Commission Alumni, Inc. is sponsoring the ASECA Securities Law Writing CompetitionPapers may address any subject in the field of securities law. First prize is $5000, second prize is $3000, and third prize is $2000. Award winners will also be invited to attend ASECA’s Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on February 23, 2018.  Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Deadline: November 10, 2017

ABA IP Committee Law Student Essay Contest

The ABA Section of the Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Committee is sponsoring the IP Committee Law Student Essay Contest. Participants are required to submit an essay of a current issue of interest with implications for antitrust and intellectual property law. First place will receive $1,500, plus free attendance (and travel expenses up to $1,000) to the ABA Antitrust Law Section's Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.  In addition, the top essay, along with a biography of the winning student, will be published in an ABA publication.

Deadline: November 17, 2017

National Law Review

The National Law Review is sponsoring the National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest. Suggested topics for writing include 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, and Age/Sex Discrimination. 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).

Deadline: November 30, 2017

December

Center for Alcohol Policy

The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring their Annual Essay Contest. Essay Topic: The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

First place receives $5000; second place receives $2,500; third receives $1,000.

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Innovative Legal Issues Likely to Arise from Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things Writing Competition

The Center for Legal and Court Technology is sponsoring the Innovative Legal Issues Likely to Arise from Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things Writing Competition. Papers should address one or more innovative legal issues likely to grow out of Artificial Intelligence or the Internet-of-Things. Emphasis is on creativity and innovation. Papers must set forth the likely issue, explain why it likely will arise and to what degree, and whether it is probable that it can be readily resolved by application of existing law. A submission need not propose a solution to the issue identified, but any such solutions that are plausible and well-articulated are likely to impress the judges. First place, $2,500; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.

Deadline: December 1, 2017

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is sponsoring the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition. 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. 

​In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories: Books - $2,500; Articles, Review, Book Chapters - $2,000; Student Papers - $1,000. Plus travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Institute for Energy Law

The Institute for Energy Law is sponsoring the IEL Hartrick Scholar Competition. The submission may address any topic related to energy development. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute for Energy Law’s 69th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference and recognized for his or her work at the IEL’s Annual Law School Symposium. In addition, the award includes reimbursement of the cost of travel to attend the Conference in Houston and the Law School Symposium.

Deadline: December 8, 2017

Dukeminier Student Writing Competition

The Williams Institute is sponsoring the Dukeminier Student Writing Competition. Entry topics should focus on a cutting-edge legal issue affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities. First place wins $1,000. 

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest

The Expert Institute is sponsoring the Legal Blog Post Writing Contest. The paper should discuss any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses. First place wins $2000, blog publication, newsletter circulation, and email announcement; second and third place win blog publication.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

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