American Bar Association Writing Competitions
Web Site »
Topic: The ABA sponsors a number of writing competitions on a wide variety of subjects. The deadlines vary; please consult the information for the specific competition in which you are interested to determine the relevant deadline.
Award: Prizes differ from competition to competition; please consult the information for the specific competition in which you are interested to determine the prizes for that competition.
Deadline: 01/01/2050
Contact Information:
American Bar Association
Law Student Division
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL   60654
312.988.5624
abalsd@americanbar.org


Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address matters that pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
First Prize: $1500
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $500
Award: The first prize winner and three honorable mention prize winners will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California and will receive one-year student memberships in the Criminal Law Section.
Deadline: 02/28/2015
Contact Information:
Anne Perry
Co-Editor
Criminal Law Journal
State Bar of California
Criminal Law Section
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA   94105
619.546.7964
Anne.Perry2@usdoj.gov


Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address a topic concerning federal taxation.
First Prize: $2000
Second Prize: $1000
Award: Both winners will receive a trip to the FBA’'s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.
Deadline: 01/05/2015
Contact Information:
Marcellus Howard
Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444
Arlington, VA   22201
mhoward@fedbar.org


The Expert Institute Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
Web Site »
Topic: Papers should address the use of expert witnesses in litigation.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
Award: 1ST PLACE Blog publication Newsletter circulation Email announcement 2ND PLACE Blog publication 3RD PLACE Blog publication
Deadline: 12/31/2014
Contact Information:
The Expert Institute Group, LLC
75 Maiden Lane
Suite 704
New York, NY   10038
888.858.9511


The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Fashion Law Writing Competition
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry.
Award: The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.
Deadline: 03/23/2015
Contact Information:
Brittany Rawlings
239.293.4391
brittany@fashionboss.com


Interleges Award Essay Contest
Web Site »
Topic: Papers should address transnational adjudication of human rights violations: national tribunals as an alternative to international courts. The essay should address one of the following sets of issues:

1. Can and do national courts provide different or increased remedies to victims of human rights violations as compared to international courts? Are national courts available to enforce the decisions of international courts and how effective are such efforts? Include an evaluation of the reported effectiveness of national courts in providing remedies for such victims, and suggest improvements.

2. Compare the recent trends in courts of such countries as the United States to reduce the availability of their courts for international human rights violations with the trends in the courts of such countries as Spain and Italy to provide an effective forum for such matters. Include an analysis of what role if any differences between the common law and civil law systems affect both the availability of national forums and remedies, and the willingness of the various national judiciaries to undertake a generous reception of international human rights claims.

3. Examine the right of access of alleged victims of human rights violations to the national courts of various countries where defendants have financial resources that might be applied to judgment rendered in favor of such claimants. To what extent do national courts enforce the judgments of other countries in favor of human rights victims? To what extent if any do the doctrines of comity vary between common law and civil law jurisdictions in their reception of foreign judgments in favor of human rights victims?
First Prize: $5000
Award: The prize money is ¬4,000.00. The winner will also be invited to attend part of the Interleges Annual General Meeting 2015 to receive the award, which takes place in New York 14  17 May 2015.
Deadline: 03/20/2015
Contact Information:
John North
Interleges c/o John North
Royds LLP, 65, Carter Lane
London EC4V 5HF UK
interlegesadmin@googlemail.com


Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address 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 Prize: $1500
Second Prize: $1000
Third Prize: $1000
Award: Submissions will be considered for publication in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.
Deadline: 01/15/2015
Contact Information:
Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp
1155 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA   92101
619.297.9700
susab@tjsl.edu


Leonard V. B. Sutton Award Contest
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address any area of international or comparative law.
First Prize: $4000
Award: A prize of $4,000 will be provided in the form of tuition, travel and expenses to attend The Hague Academy of International Law during the 2015 summer term. The winning essay is to be submitted to the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for possible publication.
Deadline: 01/12/2015
Contact Information:
Karlyn Shorb
University of Denver College of Law
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Room 405
Denver, CO   80208
303-871-6655
kshorb@law.du.edu


Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address 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.
First Prize: $250
Deadline: 01/02/2015
Contact Information:
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law
115 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, FL   32306
850.645.9473
marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu


The Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness Law Student Writing Competition
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address one of the following topics:

1)In Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992), the Supreme Court held that a land use restriction that eliminates all economically beneficial use of property effects a taking for which the owner is entitled to just compensation. But it held that compensation is not required when the restriction inhere[s] in the title itself ... [as part of] background principles of the States law of property and nuisance. What are, or should be, the limits on the power of courts to interpret these background principles?

2) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 imposes liability for discrimination if the plaintiff proves that the defendant employs policies that have a disparate impact on members of a minority group. Is disparate impact a proper test for determining that a defendant has engaged in illegal discrimination  or does imposing such liability itself violate the constitutional right to equal protection?

3) In the past, environmental regulations focused primarily on local pollution concerns  for example, on protecting species in a particular location or preventing pollution of rivers and streams. But the focus of the environmental debate is increasingly shifting to global warming, a phenomenon that would affect the planet as a whole rather than a particular locale. In this new context, how should the government balance environmental protection against constitutional protections and property rights?
First Prize: $3000
Second Prize: $2000
Third Prize: $1000
Award: The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article. The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala. PLF will pay for the winners reasonable travel costs to attend the gala.
Deadline: 03/16/2015
Contact Information:
Pagona Stratoudakis
Assistant Director
930 G Street
Sacramento, CA   95814
916.419.7111
pas@pacificlegal.org


Scribes Membership
Web Site »
Topic: Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers - is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to improving legal writing and honoring legal writers.
Any editor working for a legal journal qualifies for regular membership. The dues are normally $65 per year, but Scribes may offer discounted memberships to student editors.
Deadline: 12/30/2025
Contact Information:
Professor Norman Plate
Thomas M. Cooley School of Law
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI   48901
517.371.5140
platen@cooley.edu


Student Law and Technology Writing Competition
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address "topics at the intersection of technology and the law."
First Prize: $1500
Second Prize: $700
Award: Possible publication of the paper in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology.
Deadline: 01/11/2015
Contact Information:
Laura Bedson
Editor in Chief
University of Richmond
The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
T.C. Williams School of Law
Richmond, VA   23173
804.289.8202
jolt@richmond.edu


Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Web Site »
More Information (PDF) »
Topic: Papers should address "any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus."
First Prize: $2000
Award: The winning essay will also be published in "Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems," a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.
Deadline: 03/06/2015
Contact Information:
Abbey Moffitt
Note and Comment Editor
Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building, Room 185
Iowa City, IA   52242
Trandafir.iowalaw@gmail.com


Yanez & Associates Family Law Scholarship Program
Web Site »
Topic: Papers should address one of the following topics:

1) Should parents found guilty of domestic violence have their parental rights terminated?

2) 10 Best ways to protect yourself and your family from domestic violence.

3) Can domestic violence abusers change their behavior?

4) Are children who are victims of domestic violence doomed to repeat the cycle?

5) What are some warning signs of a potential domestic violence abuser?

(Please remember that the winning essays will be made public; therefore, you should avoid writing personal sensitive information)
First Prize: $2000
Second Prize: $1000
Award: The two winning essays will be posted on the cafamilydivorcelawyer.com article section and credit will be given to the winning writers.
Deadline: 08/31/2015
Contact Information:
Bettina Yanez
625 The City Dr S
Suite 490
Orange, CA   92868
714.971.8000
bettinayanez@yanezlaw.com