Below are a variety of writing competitions available to all Drake University Law students (organized by submission due date):Jan. 4, 2016
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Topic: Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also respecting individual and institutional personal and property rights. Prize: Outstanding paper receives $250
Jan. 15, 2016Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Please refer to the above link for topic guidelines.Prizes: First place - $3,000 and publication; second place - $2,000; third place - $1,000
Jan. 15, 2016
James Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Topic: Disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.Prizes: First place - $1,500; second place - (2) $1,000
Jan. 18, 2016
Sarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
Topic: "Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion"Prizes: First place - $750; second place $500; third place $250Jan. 19, 2016
Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Topic: Any topic relating to law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or emplyment discriminationPrizes: First - $3,000, two $1,000 awards
Feb. 1, 2016
Ayo & Iken Family Law Scholarship
Topic: Any area of family law. That can include divorce, parenting, custody, support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, same-sex custody, dependency, or any other related legal topic.Prize: Winner awarded a $3,000 scholarship
February 5, 2016The Burton Awards For Legal Achievement; Distinguished Legal Writing Award
Visit website for details: www.burtonawards.com/law-student.htmlMarch 27, 2016
2016 "Gerrymander Standard Writing Compeition"
Topic: Ppropose a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further develope an existing standard and pairing that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.Prizes: 1st Place - $5,000, 2nd Place - $3,000, 3rd Place - $2,000
April 29, 2016
Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethicsPrize: $2,500
May 20, 2016
2016 International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
Topic: Covering the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.Prizes: 1st Place - $2,000, 2nd Place - $1,000, 3rd Place - $500
May 31, 2016
Tax Analysts' Annual Student Writing Competition
Topic: Focus on an unsettled tax question in federal, international, or state law/policy.
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "Question: Drake Law" in subject line. Submit papers to the same email with "Submission: Drake Law" in subject line.Prizes: Published paper and 12-month subscription to Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, and Tax Notes International.
July 1, 2016
The 2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic: Any federal or state tax-related topic.Prizes: $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
July 1, 2016
The 2016 Warren E. Burer Prize
Topic: Addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalismPrizes: Cash prize of $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review
Dec. 31, 2016
The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Topic: 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation.Prizes: $2,000 scholarship and article published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter.
Be sure to check out the Legal Writing Competition Blog
to get the latest information on competitions going on right now. The ABA
also has a listing of writing competitions listed by section available on its website.