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Student Writing Competitions

January

GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries

The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide 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 (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative event & Scholarship Presentation on Jan. 24, 2020, two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala on Jan. 24, 2020, two tickets to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Jan. 26, 2020, and round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events. 

Deadline: January 2, 2020

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 7, 2020

American College of Legal Medicine

The American College of Legal Medicine is sponsoring its annual Student Writing Competition. All post-doctoral attorneys or health professionals enrolled in full-time studies are encouraged to compete. The first-place paper will be named the Orr Award Winner. The Winner of the Orr Award will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the American College of Legal Medicine. In addition, the ACLM Foundation will reimburse the Orr Award Winner for reasonable coach airfare and one night of lodging at the host hotel to present his or her paper at the ACLM 2020 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Center for Alcohol Policy

The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring their Annual Essay ContestEssay TopicDuring the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. Based on the Court’s decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?

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

Deadline: January 17, 2020

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 20, 2020

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: January 22, 2020

Epstein Becker Green

EBG is sponsoring their 22nd Annual Health Law Writing CompetitonPapers 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 Lawwhich 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 25, 2020

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 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, 2020

National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition

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.

 

Deadline: January 31, 2020

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section Consumer Protection Committee is hosting a student essay writing contest for 2019-2020 for all second and third-year students. Participants are required to submit an essay exploring a relevant and timely consumer protection issue. The Committee will select three winners. First place will receive a cash scholarship of $5,000, plus free registration (and travel expenses) to the ABA Antitrust Law’s 68th Spring Meeting in Washington, DC. Second place will receive a cash scholarship of $3,000 and Third place will receive a cash scholarship of $2,000. In addition, the top essay, along with a biography of the winning student, will be published in an ABA publication.  

Deadline: January 31, 2020

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, 2020

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: February 1, 2020

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is sponsoring the 2020 Human Rights Essay Award Competition. This years topic is "Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthening Democratic Institutions." 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, 2020

American Constitution Society

The ACS is sponsoring the 2020 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 analysis 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 analysis 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 2, 2020

American Bar Association

*2020 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: February 15, 2019

American Bar Association

The BA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit, LLP is sponsoring the Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest. The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention. The winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2020 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Miami Beach, Florida.

Deadline: February 21, 2020

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: February 28, 2020

March

American Bankruptcy Institute

The ABI is sponsoring their 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 13, 2020

April

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: April 10, 2020

Public Citizen

Public Citizen is sponsoring the 2020 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition. This years essays topic is “Court Secrecy"  The winner will receive $5,000 and the winning submission will be posted on the Public Citizen website.

Deadline: April 30, 2020

May

American Bar Association

*2020 Update Coming*

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 31, 2019

American Association of Law Libraries

The AALL, in conjunction with LexisNexis, is sponsoring the 2020 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 2020 AALL meeting in Chicago.

Deadline: May 15, 2020

American Bar Association

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and resources is sponsoring their Energy Law Writing Competition. Papers  should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to energy law. First place will receive $1,000; second place will receive $750; and third place will receive $500.

Deadline: May 15, 2020

John Marshall Law School​

*2020 Updates Coming*

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, 2019

American Bar Association

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 31, 2020

American Bar Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

The ABA Section of Section of Real Property is sponsoring their annual Real Property Student Writing Competition. Papers should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the topic of the role of real property or trust and estate law. First place will receive a $2,500 award; a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Miami School of Law's Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning OR Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Graduate Program in Real Property Development for the 2019–2020 or 2020-2021 academic year; free round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting, November 14–16, 2019 in San Juan, PR. This is an excellent meeting to network with RPTE leadership; one-year free RPTE membership; consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 25,000 RPTE members; and name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter.

Deadline: May 31, 2019

June

American Bar Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

The ABA Commission on Disability Rights, along with the Mercer University School of Law is sponsoring their Annual Milani Writing Competition. The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses. Other permissible topics include issues arising under any of the following statutes: Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; or any state statutes or municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Deadline: June 10, 2019

The Food and Drug Law Institute

*2020 Updates Coming*

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, 2019

American Bar Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring its annual Boskey ADR Writing CompetitionThe purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among law students. The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. The winner will receive $1000 and the posting of the winning essay online.

Deadline: June 14, 2019

American Intellectual Property Law Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

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. The winner will receive reasonable expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 24 – 26, 2019 in Washington DC, to receive their award.

Deadline: June 28, 2019

July

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, 2020

American Bar Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

The ABA Section of Criminal Justice is sponsoring its Annual William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competiton. The 2019 Topic is: The Use of Drones by Law Enforcement—How should drones enhance public safety, how should drones be regulated, and what role does the Fourth Amendment play? The winner will receive $2,500.

Deadline: July 1, 2019

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

*2020 Updates Coming*

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, 2019

Theordore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship

*2020 Updates Coming*

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 8, 2019

Education Law Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

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 30, 2019

August

Asian Pacific American Bar Education Fund

*2020 Updates Coming*

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: August 12, 2019

American Bar Association

*2020 Updates Coming*

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security is sponsoring an annual Law Student Writing Competition. The winner receiver a cash prize of $500 and free registration to the Committee's Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conferenceto be held in Washington, DC. In addition to registration for the conference, the prize will include reimbursement for coach travel and one night’s lodging. Additionally, the essay will be published by the Standing Committee. Winner must be present at the conference to receive the award.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

September

PIABA Foundation

*2020 Updates Coming*

The PIABA Foundation is sponsoring the 2019 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.

Deadline: September 20, 2019

ABA Section of Public Contract Law

*2020 Updates Coming*

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.

Deadline: September 30, 2019.

October

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

*2020 Updates Coming*

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.

Deadline: September 30, 2019

November

American Bar Association

The ABA Health Law Section is sponsoring its Annual ABA Health Law Student Writing CompetitionPapers should either address a topic that was not previously addressed in the past two to three years in The Health Lawyer or expand on or present an alternative or new theory, angle, or perspective on a topic that was previously addressed in the magazine.The first place award is publication in The Health Lawyer, a $500 honorarium, and attendance at the ABA’s Emerging Issues in Healthcare conference which includes the cost of airfare, at ABA rates, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days.

Deadline: November 30, 2019

December

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, 2019

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 6, 2019

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, 2019

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 20, 2019

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