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

Aug. 21, 2015
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation - Brown Award 
Topic: Writing on any legal subject.
Prize: $10,000 stipend

Sept. 18, 2015
2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition
Topics shall include 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 and publication; second place - $750; third place - $500

Oct. 9, 2015
Belluck & Fox, LLP Supports Mesothelioma Education Essay Contest
Topic: Your personal story dealing with asbestos disease or cancer; the importance of raising awareness and educating the public about asbestos and mesothelioma.
Prize: First place - $2,500; second place - $1,250; third place - $750; fourth place - $500

Nov. 9, 2015
Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice, and Policy in Historical Perspective
Topic:  Issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things.
Prize: $500

Nov. 13, 2015
Association of Securities and Excahnce Commission Alumni Securities Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law.
Prizes: First place - $5,000; second place - $3,000; third place - $2,000

Nov. 30, 2015
Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize 2015
Topic: Stimulate interest in the relationship between women and the law.
Prize: Award of f250

Dec. 1, 2015
Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship Essay Contest
Topic: A personal account of how an auto accident, instance of medial malpractice, or premises liability accident has affected you or someone close to you and how this has impacted your life.
Prize: $2,000 toward educational expenses

Dec. 1, 2015
American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2015 Witing Competition
Topic: Consumer financial services law, but not related to securities regulation, insurance, or safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.
Prizes: Cash award and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Dec. 5, 2015
Center for Alcohol Policy
Topic: The Supreme Court’s Granholm decision and how this system fostered competition, increased new products available to consumers, and worked to protect consumers and the public.
Prizes: First place - $5,000; second place - $2,500; third place - $1,000

Dec. 10, 2015
NinjaEssays Writing Contest
Provide an entry on one of the following topics:
1. Nationalism in Contemporary American Literature
2. Is Homeschooling Inferior or Superior to Traditional Learning?
3. Digital Language: The Effects of the Internet on Modern Literature
4. College Dorms: An Inspiration or an Obstacle for Students' Progress?
5. Are Parents Supposed to Provide Financial Support to College Students?
6. Is 'Street Wisdom' Necessary for Professional Success?
7. African Writers: Diamonds of Contemporary Literature
8. The Effects of Television Violence on Young Students
9. Higher Education: a Privilege or a Right?
Prizes: First place - $500; second place - $300; third place - $150

Dec. 31, 2015
The Expert Institute's Legal Blog Writing Contest
Topic: A blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation.
Prizes: First place - $1,000 and publication; second and third place - publication

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, 2016

Pacific 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.
Prize: 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"
Prize: First place - $750; second place $500; third place $250

Jan. 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 discrimination
Prize: 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

March 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.
Prize: 1st Place - $5,000, 2nd Place - $3,000, 3rd Place - $2,000

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.
Prize: Published paper and 12-month subscription to Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, and Tax Notes International.

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: 11/16/2015 11:13:00 AM by Debra Booth