Writing Competitions, Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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PLF Law Student Writing Competition
Pacific Legal Foundation is pleased to announce its Law Student Writing Competition. The contest is open to law students in United States. PJA generates scholarship to support constitutional litigation and promotes understanding of our civic institutions among the people. PJA also helps promote the understanding of freedom among citizens devoted to protecting the Constitution and preserving the blessings of liberty. Three winners will be chosen and they will get $5,000, $3000, $1000 award respectively. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Law Student Writing Competition 2016 is open to students who are currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States.
The first place winner, second place winner and the third place winner will receive a $5,000, $3000, $1000 award respectively. The essay must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 13, 2017.
Additional information may be found here.
James Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.
The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. 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. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Judging will be on the basis of the following criteria: Thesis originality, topic complexity, research quality, organization and analysis, writing quality.
The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Additional information may be found here. All submissions must be submitted electronically to email@example.com. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2017.
Questions should be directed to Associate Dean and Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Awards
This award is presented to law school students who have written outstanding articles that are clear, concise, and comprehensive. The author must have been enrolled in the 2016 calendar year, and the winning article must have a publication date of 2016, even if it was actually printed at a later date. The subject of the article can be devoted to any legal topic, and the length of the article is not limited. The article may have appeared in any publication printed at the student’s law school, including law reviews and journals, and may be a note, a comment, or an article.
Applications, as well as all criteria and restrictions can be found here.
The due date for submissions is January 16, 2017.
The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America
MALDEF's Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers. MALDEF's 2016-2017 Law School Scholarship Application is due Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Students will be notified of the results in the summer/fall of 2017.
Application can be found here.
The Grammy Foundation
The 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
The 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 national panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process and select five finalists. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA). Submit to email@example.com on or before January 4, 2017 at 1pm EST.
Grand Prize winner receives $5,000 scholarship and the four runners-up each receive $1,500 scholarships. All five finalists receive one GRAMMY Awards ticket, hotel accommodations, round trip airfare, one ticket to the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, one ticket to MusiCares® Person of the Year dinner, and an invitation to the GRAMMY Nominee Reception. 17. Winners will be notified on or before January 27, 2017.
For additional information, please click here.
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
2016 Rules for the Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-third annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2015 Award was presented to Michael Clemente, Yale Law School, for his paper, A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for “Idiots.”
In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional. The submission must be postmarked no later than August 19, 2016.
The student’s package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student’s sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The 2016 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by January 31, 2017, and listed with the other finalists may be found here.
American Indian Law Writing Competition
The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete. 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.
The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution. The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy 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.
Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at firstname.lastname@example.org by the competition deadline of Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Click here for competition rules.
Elliott A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
The Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2017 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format. Submit an electronic PDF or as a WORD document, a brief abstract of your article, and CV or resume with complete contact information to email@example.com.
Deadline is February 5, 2017. $500 Prize and publication in the Journal of Business & Securities Law.
Questions? Contact Pamela Burneski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARSHALL M. SCHULMAN 2016-2017 COMPETITION FOR STUDENT PAPERS IN CRIMINAL LAW AND/OR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country.
To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition. $1500 cash prize
The deadline for entry is February 28, 2017. Click here for additional information.
Louis Jackson National Student Memorial 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. 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 2016 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.
Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
To submit an entry, go to http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/louis-jackson-writing-competition
Hard copies may be mailed to:
Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
Brogdon Champion, LLC Writing Competition
The essay contest is open to any law student enrolled at a law school in the United States. Unpublished papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition. The content submitted must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Joint papers are not acceptable. Multiple submissions are acceptable; however, each author will only be eligible for one award. Eligibility determinations will be made by Brogdon Champion, LLC. The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
Entries are due by March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and publication on our firm’s website. The second place winner will receive $1,000. Click here for additional information.
Trandafir International Business Law Writing Competition
The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition is sponsored by the journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP) at the University of Iowa College of Law located in Iowa City, Iowa. The competition is open to all students and submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 3, 2017. The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication in our academic journal.
For more details about this competition, please click here.
The 2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers
The contest is open to Young Lawyers Division or Law Student Division members of the ABA, in good standing as of March 3, 2017 according to the membership records of the Association. Excluded from the competition are previous winners; current ABA officers and members of the Board of Governors; employees of the ABA or its sections, divisions and committees; and officers and employees of the American Bar Foundation or the American Bar Endowment). Only one essay may be submitted by each entrant, and no co-authored essays will be accepted.
The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention. Case prize of $5,000. All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2017. Deadline is March 3, 2017. For additional information and contest rules, click here.
Fourth Annual Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Writing Competition
The Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association continues to strive to achieve a diverse membership body, in hopes of fostering a rich environment within which ideas are cultivated.
Topic: Any law or legal issue affecting seniors and/or persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on historically underserved populations. Examples include, but are not limited to, access to education, healthcare and housing. All students attending an accredited ABA law school within New York State and recent law graduates seeking employment are eligible.
There will be two $1,000 prizes. To enter please email all submissions to both Judy Nolfo McKenna, Judy@McKennalawny.com and Tara Anne Pleat, TPleat@WPLawNY.com
Deadline is March 15, 2017 and no extensions will be granted.
2017 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.
Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250
2017 Contest Question
There is a consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal systems, and that health care professionals' efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.
Additional information may be found here. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight on January 2, 2017. Direct questions to Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
Phone: 850-645-9473 Web: http://med.fsu.edu/medlaw
Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2017
2016-2017 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Organized by ELI with funding from Beveridge & Diamond, this annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.
Our goal is to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge topics in this area. The winner receives a $2,000 cash prize, public recognition, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
Submissions are due on April 10, 2017. For additional information about the competition and past winners, please click here.
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Legal Writing Contest
The International Association of Defense Counsel invites you to participate in its 2017 Legal Writing Contest. The IADC is a professional association that has been serving an invitation-only membership of international corporate and insurance civil defense lawyers since 1920.
All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.
Deadline for articles is Friday, May 19, 2017. Copies of contest rules, writing guidelines, and entry forms can be found on here.
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor Law and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2016. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.
First Place: $3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
For additional information including competition rules, click here.
Articles must be submitted to email@example.com, using the subject line "Writing Competition," by midnight on June 15, 2017.
The 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Sponsored by The Theodore Tannenwald Jr.Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at http://www.tannenwald.org).
Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2017.
Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski.
For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Canadian American Bar A Essay Competition
The Canadian American Bar Association holds an essay competition to engage law students in addressing relevant cross-border legal issues. This year’s essay topic will be announced in January 2017 and submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for submissions will be May 2017. This competition is an integral part of CABA’s mission to provide a voice to Canadians in the United States and Americans in Canada and to foster a greater understanding of rules with cross-border implications as well as an engagement in their development. For additional information and rules, click here.
Prize of $500 USD from our sponsor Dorsey & Whitney LLP and publication of the winning essay on CABA’s website.
Deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.