Below are a variety of writing competitions available to all Drake University Law students;Organized by submission due date:
January 15, 2013The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Writing Competition
Topic: Any aspect of workers' compensation law.
Length: 10-20 pages
Prizes: 1st place $1,500 plus $1,000 to winner’s law school scholarship fund and consideration for publication; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500January 31, 2013
2013 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Topic: Is democracy for sale?
Length: Maximum of 50 pages
Prizes: $5,000 and publication
Intent-To-Enter Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013
Essay Contest Submission Deadline: March 31, 2013January 31, 2013International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
Topics related to international humanitarian law.
Two winners will be chosen to present their papers at an expert conference at American University Washington College of law in Washington D.C. with travel and accommodation expenses covered.February 1, 2013
Human Rights Essay Award
Topic is the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered peoples and international human rights law.
Prize is full scholarship to attend the Program for Advanced Studies of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Articles may be published in the American University International Law Review
.February 11, 2013Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition
Topics related to regulatory or administrative law
Length: Less than 25,000 words
Prize: Lawyer and student categories: 1st place in each is $1,500February 22, 2013Bert W. Levit Essay Contest
Topic is a hypothetical essay involves questions about a law firm’s potential malpractice exposure when it relied upon a third-party vendor to provide document review services for a client, which ultimately resulted in the release of privileged documents.
First prize: $5,000 and all-expense paid trip to the Spring 2013 National Legal Malpractice Conference in New Orleans, LAFebruary 22, 2013ACS National Student Writing Competition
Any topic furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy
Length: Between 25 and 50 pages
First prize $3,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. March 1, 2013ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
Topics include bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, and evidence in bankruptcy proceedings.
Length: 10-12 double spaced pages
First place $2,000 and publication; second place $1,250 and publication; third place $750 and also publication (all winners receive one year membership to the ABI)March 1, 2013 Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition
Topics include but not limited to intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime.
First place $2,000 and publication; second place $750, third place $500.March 1, 2013 Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Topic is on international business or economic issues with a legal nexus.
First Prize: $2,000 and publication. March 4, 2013National Law Review Writing Competition
March issue topic: Labor Law
Prize: Publication. March 4, 2013 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize in Reproductive Rights Law
Topic: “Economic (in)Justice of Reproductive Regulation.”
First place $750 and presumption of publishability; Second place $500; Third place $250. March 8, 2012
James Baker Hughes Prize
Topic is International economic law
Prize: $500 and publication March 8, 2013 Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition
Topics: Traditional subject areas of intellectual property.
Winner will receive $1,500 and runner-up will receive $1,000.March 15, 2013 Prize in International Insolvency Studies
Topic: International or comparative insolvency
Gold Medal Prize ($3,000 and expenses to attend the III’s Thirteenth Annual Conference in Paris), Silver Medal Prize ($2,000), Bronze Medal Prize ($1,000), and up to 6 Finalist Prizes of $500.
March 15, 2013Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C./SalviLaw.com’s Law School Scholarship Essay Contest
Topics: Cerebral Palsy or Car Accidents
First Prize - $2,500, Second Prize - $1,500, Third Prize - $500, Honorable Mention (5) - $100 April 12, 2013Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition
Topic is recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or "federalism" element.
Length: Maximum of 50 pages
Prize: $2,000, publication, and one-year membership to ELIApril 12, 2013 for participant number; April 26, 2013 for submitting paperHoward C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Topic: Family law subjects of national interest.
Prize: Possible publication and complimentary membership in ABA Section of Family Law.April 12, 2013 University of Michigan Law School
Eighth Annual Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition
Topic: Any topic addressing recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with constitutional or “federalism” component.
Prize: $2,000 and offer of publication, one year membership to ELI
April 26, 2013 Notre Dame Law School Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Winner receives $2,500. April 30, 2013
Georgia State Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
Topic: Legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.
First place ($3,000 and publication), second place ($2,000), third place ($1,000)April 30, 2013NACTT Law Student Writing Competition
Any topic concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Prize: $1,000 and publication; trip to NACTT annual seminar, New York, NY May 1, 2013 NAWL Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Topic is on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.
Prize: $500.00 and publicationMay 15, 2013 College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
Topic is any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.
First place $1,500 and publication; second place $1,000; third place $500
June 3, 2013University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition
Topic: Legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.
Prize: First place $750, Second place $500, Third place $250June 7, 2013 Judge John R. Brown Award
Papers must be submitted with a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional. See rules for details.
Topic: Any writing on a legal subject.
Sponsor: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship FoundationJune 10, 20132013 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law
Topic: Any aspect of cultural heritage law including cultural property, art law, historic preservation, indigenous cultures, and intangible heritage. Students may submit their own papers, or faculty may nominate student papers.
Prize: 1st place $1,000 + publication; 2nd place $500 + web publication.
Sponsor: Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. June 15, 2013Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Topic: Issues of relevance to Asian Pacific Americans and the law, and more broadly on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.
Prize: $1,500 and publicationJuly 1, 2013Animals and the Law Writing Competition
Topic includes any area of animal law.
First place $1,000; Second place $500.July 1, 2013 2013 Tannenwald Competition
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.
Prizes: First place ($5,000), first runner up ($2,500), second runner up ($1,500)July 15, 2013Warren E. Burger Writing Competition
Topic is any aspect of legal excellence, civility, ethics, or professionalism of contemporary significance.
Prize: $5,000 and publication. October 1, 2013 National Security Law Student Writing Competition
Topic: Nuclear Issues and National Security Law: Student analysis of a timely issue at the intersection of law and national security
Prize: 1st place $500 and publicationOctober 18, 2013
E-Discovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Topic: What changes should be made to the civil discovery rules to better facilitate the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of matters?
Length: Not over 5,000 words
http://www.dishnetworkediscovery.com/guidelines.htmlNovember 16, 2013 ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition
The topic is any subject in the field of Securities Law
First place $5,000 and expenses to attend the ASECA Annual Dinner; Second place is $3,000; Third place is $2,000 November 30, 2013
Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize 2013
Topic: Women & The Law
Prize: £250 December 2, 2013
American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Topic: Consumer Financial Services
Prize: Cash payments of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,000December 5, 2013
Alcohol Policy Essay Contest
Topic: “This year marks the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment. Has it achieved its intended purpose?”
First place $5,000, second place $2,500, and third place $1,000 http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/ December 6, 2013
New York State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section Law Student Writing Competition Eligibility: Students in New York law schools, or out-of-state students who are members of the New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section (you need not be a resident of New York to join the section).
Topic: Protection of intellectual property.
Prize: 1st place $2,000; 2nd place $1,000.
Length: Not over 35 pages.
http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Writing_CompetitionJanuary 6, 2014 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
Topic: Any aspect of legal medicine.
Length: Must not exceed 5000 total words or 15 pages.
Prizes: 1st place - $1,000 and a trip to Dallas for the ACLM 2014 Annual Meeting, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place - $250June 1, 2014
Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship
1.What impact do you believe the Affordable Healthcare Act will have on the U.S. legal system?
2.In your opinion, what law is most out of date and should be rectified or repealed?
3.What future do you foresee for legal marketing with the inclusion of social media?
Length: 500 and 1000 words
Prizes: 1st place - $1,000, 2 runner-ups - $500 each
Be sure to check out the Legal Writing Competition Blog and get the latest information on competitions going on right now! The ABA also has a listing of writing competitions listed by section available on their website.