Writing competitions


WRITING COMPETITION update:

6TH ANNUAL AUWCL NATIONAL HEALTH LAW WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: APR. 25, 2021]

Eligibility: Current 2L, 3L, and 4L (evening/part-time) JD and LLM students enrolled in a U.S. law school at the time of paper submission are eligible to participate

Topic: This competition is designed to encourage law students to write scholarly papers on current topics of interest relevant to health law and/or food and drug law

Awards:

  • First Place: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $1,000
  • Honorable Mention: $750

Submission guidelines: wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/health/competition/documents/2021-rules-and-requirements

Complete details: Available @ wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/health/competition

Contact: Please direct all questions to Professor Asha Scielzo @ scielzo@wcl.american.edu

 

PUBLIC CITIZEN 2021 HOGAN/SMOGER LAW ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: APR. 30, 2021 AT 11:59 P.M. ET]

Topic: “What is the role of the liability system in addressing Covid-19?”

Awards: $5,000

Submission guidelines:

Complete details: Available @ citizen.org/article/the-2021-hogan-smoger-access-to-justice-essay-competition

Contact: Amanda Fleming @ 202.588.7734


WRITING COMPETITION update:

MARSHALL M. SCHULMAN 2020-2021 COMPETITION FOR STUDENT PAPERS IN CRIMINAL LAW AND/OR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE [DEADLINE: APR. 2, 2021 BY MIDNIGHT]

The Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyer’s Association (formerly the Criminal Law Section of the California State Bar) is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 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 from coast to coast.

Eligibility: 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. First-year law students are encouraged to submit entries.

Topic: The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California

Awards: Grand prize:

  • $1,500 cash prize
  • The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

Three honorable mention prizes:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

Submission guidelines: The paper should be original and scholarly.  It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies.  It need not be a law review “note”-style document; past winners have included articles about new developments in criminal procedure, sentencing alternatives, and other topics that can be discussed with more brevity.

  • Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words in length, including any citations, and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail cover letter verifying the author’s current law school enrollment and authorizing the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar to publish the paper in the Criminal Law Journal.
    • Send to: Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to the following Criminal Law Journal co-editor: Anne Perry (perry@usdoj.gov)

Complete details: Available @ calawyers.org/section/criminal-law/student-writing-competition/

Contact: If students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anne Perry, Co-Editor California Criminal Law Journal @ anne.perry@usdoj.gov


WRITING COMPETITION update:

INTA 2021 LADAS MEMORIAL AWARD COMPETITION [DEADLINE: MAR. 1, 2021]

Sponsored by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP, the Ladas Memorial Award is an annual international competition that is open to both students and professionals. It was established in memory of the outstanding practitioner and author, Stephen P. Ladas. Winners will be announced in early April 2021.

Topic: Subject of the paper must be trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks

Awards: INTA will award the authors of the top two papers in the student category and the top paper in the professional category

  • The student category winners will each receive US $1,250 and a complimentary registration to the 2021 Annual Meeting
  • The professional category winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2021 Annual Meeting and a set of Stephen P. Ladas’s three-volume treatise, PatentsTrademarks, and Related Rights

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

Submission guidelines: To learn more about eligibility, please see the Ladas Memorial Award’s Official Rules and Requirements

Complete details & Application: Available @ inta.org/about/awards-competitions/ladas-memorial-award/

Contact: Email competitions@inta.org with any further questions


WRITING COMPETITION update:

MENDES HERSHMAN STUDENT WRITING CONTEST [DEADLINE: FEB. 26, 2021 ON OR BEFORE MIDNIGHT CST]

The ABA Section of Business Law is sponsoring its annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest to encourage and reward law students for their writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.

Eligibility: To enter you must be at least 21 years of age, a legal US resident, and enrolled in an ABA-accredited JD or LLM degree program; students need not be members of the Section of Business Law to participate

Topic: A business law subject of general and current interest

Awards: The winner of the first-place paper will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Outstanding first-place papers may also be included in The Business Lawyer, a quarterly publication that is the premier business law journal in the country.

  • Second and third-place papers are eligible for publication in Business Law Today, the digital platform of curated, peer-reviewed content for the ABA Business Law Section.

Submission guidelines: Papers must be written in 2019-2020, or the current academic year. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. The paper may be specifically prepared for this contest; submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study; or a proposed law review/journal note, comment or article. Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long but should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes.

Complete details: Available @ americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/mendes_hershman/


WRITING COMPETITION update:

THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY WRITING COMPETITIONS [DEADLINE: FEB. 7, 2021]

1 – THE RICHARD D. CUDAHY WRITING COMPETITION

2 – CONSTANCE BAKER MOTLEY NATIONAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

Complete details: Available @

Contact: For interested students, Professor Roman has informed us that he is happy to help any competitors, provided the rules allow for it!


WRITING COMPETITION update:

ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE (ELI) WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: JAN. 4, 2021 @ 1 P.M. EST]

Topic: Identify, research, and write an essay outlining a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry

Submission guidelines: For a downloadable PDF of rules and submission instructions CLICK HERE

Complete details: Available @ grammy.com/entertainment-law-initiative

Contact: ELI@recordingacademy.com with any questions


WRITING COMPETITION update:

ABA TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION – AVIATION & SPACE LAW COMMITTEE LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: SEPT. 9, 2020]

Topic: Law students interested in practicing aviation or space law should submit papers addressing a recent development in Aviation or Space law or discuss an area of aviation or space law where a controversy or disagreement exist

Awards: $500

  • Sponsorship to attend the 2021 Aviation & Space Law Annual CLE Seminar in Washington D.C. on Oct. 28-29 (registration fee waived & travel expenses reimbursed up to $1,500)
  • Publication of the winning paper in the Aviation & Space Law Committee’s Newsletter

Submission guidelines: Papers prepared for classes, journals, or for other purposes or publications are welcome! Papers should be in the style of a scholarly newsletter article and no more than 20 pages double-spaced, 12-point Book Antiqua font, with footnotes and citations conforming to Bluebook standards. Complete and official rules @ americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/tips/aviation_writing_competition_2020.pdf

Complete details: Available @ americanbar.org/groups/tort_trial_insurance_practice/committees/aviation-space-law/