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Below are a variety of writing competitions available to all Drake University Law students (organized by submission due date):

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 studentwritingcomp@taxanalysts.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 professionalism
Prizes: Cash prize of $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review

July 1, 2016
Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
Topic:  Relating to domestic or international religious liberty, broadly or narrowly construed.
Prizes:  Cash awards of $4,000 1st place, $3,000 2nd place, $2,000 3rd place and four $1,000 honorable mention awards

August 19, 2016
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
Prize: $10,000 stipend
See link for more information.

September 1, 2016
Dubin Scholarship Contest
Topic:  "How has the U.S. Civil justice system changed society for the better?"
Prize: 1st Place - $1,000, 2nd Place - $500, 3rd Place - $200
September 16, 2016
2016 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
Topic: Any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration.
Prizes: First Place - $1,000, Second Place - $750, Third Place - $500

Oct. 21, 2016
Innovation Scholarship Essay Contest
Topic: How has social media affected the safety of driving? Describe the ways that social media has become a distraction for drivers and impacted the safety of our roads and highways. 
Prizes: First Place - $2,500, Second Place - $1,500, Third Place - $1,000

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.

February 20, 2017
Boom Essays
See link for topic ideas and additional information. http://boomessays.com/writing-contests
Prizes: First Place - $2,000, Second Place - $1,500, Third Place - $1,000

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.

Last Modified: 7/21/2016 8:49:00 AM by Debra Booth