Writing Competitions




[writingCompetitions link="http://law.richmond.edu/jolt" organization="The Richmond Law Journal of Law and Technology​" scholarship="1st place: $1,500​, 2nd place: $700
" deadline="10/3/2014"]



The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology.

The Student Law and Technology Writing Competition includes three separate awards offered to law students who have submitted exemplary papers. The first place article will receive $1,500 and the second place article will receive $700. In addition, one law student from The University of Richmond School of Law will receive the Rick Klau Prize of $300.

In order for an article to be properly considered, it must be submitted according to the guidelines provided below.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must be written independently
  • Only students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program as of January 1, 2015 may participate.
  • The topic of the paper MUST deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.
  • Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are not acceptable for submission to the contest.
  • Papers submitted must not exceed 30 pages in length and should be formatted as follows: using size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins on all sides. Submissions may not be in .pdf format.
  • Citations for the paper must be in compliance with the rules set out in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th ed. ​
  • An entry form must be included with each submission, a copy of the entry form is available on the Journal’s website at http://law.richmond.edu/jolt.

To Submit

All entries for the 2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition must be submitted via e-mail by Friday, October 3, 2014 at midnight EST. The e-mail submissions must be sent to jolt@richmond.edu and must include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line. Please direct all questions to the same e-mail address.

[writingCompetitions link="" organization="2014 New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition" scholarship="1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $500" deadline="7/1/2014"]



The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about nonhuman, animal related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system. This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law. This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law. The winner will be chosen in accordance with the attached rules. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.


Any topic on Animal Law.


To be eligible for consideration, the submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full time or part time) in an ABA-accredited law school. Students expecting to receive their degree in 2014 are eligible for consideration. The submission must be written by one and only one student, i.e., papers jointly written by more than one student or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advisors shall not be considered. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered. We will only accept one submission per entrant.


Papers must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2014.

Award Criteria

Written submissions will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization. All essays must also meet the following criteria:


Type written, double spaced, no less than 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins, and no more than 25 pages, including footnotes. Footnotes should be single spaced, and no less than 10 point font.


One hard copy of the written submission and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than July 1, 2014, and addressed to:

Linda McMahon, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

Cover Page

Entrants must submit a cover page indicating the entrant’s name, law school, expected year of graduation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. All other references to identifying information, such as name, law school, and contact information should be deleted or redacted from the body of the submission.

Prizes Awarded

1st place: $1,000 and a certificate of achievement 2nd place: $500 and a certificate of achievement.

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf" organization="Note Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition" scholarship="$2,500 prize" deadline="4/25/2014"]


The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original, unpublished work and must not exceed 50 pages, including notes. Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School. All entries must be received before 5 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014.
All entries should be submitted to:
Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Notre Dame Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(575) 631-6749
Fax (574) 631-3980
Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

For complete rules, please visit http://www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf.

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.iaba.org/" organization="Inter-American Bar Association Competition for Law Student Best Paper Award" scholarship="" deadline="4/30/2014"]


Each prize includes:

  • A free one-year IABA membership
  • Certificate of award
  • Eligibility for publication in the IABA Law Review.

The central themes for the Conference is “Development of National Law in accordance with International Law and the Study of Comparative Law”

The contestant must choose and expound upon one of the following topics:

  • Twenty-First Century Challenges in Comparative Law
  • Use of International Rules in Nation’s Domestic System


  1. The paper must be original and it must be on one of the topics set forth above. The paper may be prepared in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
  2. The maximum length for the paper shall be 20 pages, double-spaced; excluding footnotes/endnotes.
  3. The Paper shall be written in Arial, size 12; margins: left: 3; others: 2.5 cm.
  4. The Paper must contain the following in its structure: title, certification of university authority, index, introduction, chapters, conclusions, recommendation, references and annexes. The paper’s cover page must include the title of the paper, the author’s name and address, and the name of the law school where the author is studying.
  5. Each paper must be accompanied by proof of enrollment issued by the author’s law school.
  6. Copies of the papers must be received no later than April 30, 2014 and submitted to each of the following addresses. The papers and their required annexes must also be sent by email to the IABA’s email address, iaba@iaba.org, Attention: Ms. Patricia de la Riva, and from there will be forwarded to the IABA evaluation Committee.

[writingCompetitions link="http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition" organization="Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association James E. Beckley Writing Competition" scholarship="First Place: $1,000; Second Place: $750.00; Third Place: $500.00" deadline="8/19/2014"]



The submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.


The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. Employees of PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.


The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners. Except for any discussions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student’s professor, the author must avoid collaboration with other students. If the paper is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the paper along with a partner, the student may submit the paper but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author. Only those parts of the paper will be evaluated. Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.

Criteria and Judging

All entries will be judged anonymously by the PIABA Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). The PIABA Executive Director will notify the award winner(s). The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with legal writing standards and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form.

To Enter

Submit entries electronically to rsringo@piaba.org with the subject heading, “2014 Writing Competition”. Entries must be received via e-mail no later than 5 pm CDT September 19, 2014 and shall include the required entry form. http://piabafoundation.org/beckley-writing-competition-submission-form The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The PIABA Executive Director will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any PIABA Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.

Submission Deadline

September 19, 2014.

The first place winner is invited to accept the James E. Beckley Writing Competition in-person (expenses paid by the PIABA Investors Foundation) during the President’s Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 24, 2014. 2nd – 3rd places, and Honorable Mention(s) are announced at that time as well.

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.americanbar.org/groups/administrative_law/initiatives_awards/gellhorn_sargentich_law_student_essay_competition.html" organization="American Bar Association Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice" scholarship="Cash prize of $5,000, $1,000 and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the section's Fall Conference in Washington, D.C.​​" deadline="5/1/2014"]


The competition is open to currently enrolled students of ABA-accredited law schools who are also members of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and who are legal permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. Submissions can include papers submitted for a law school course, law review notes and comments, or pieces written specifically for the competition. Essays must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Co-authored papers are ineligible. Only one essay may be submitted per entrant.


Submissions must be in Microsoft Word. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, in twelve-point font, with one-inch margins; footnotes or endnotes should be single-spaced, also in twelve-point font and with one-inch margins. Citations may be embedded in text or set out in footnotes or endnotes and should conform to the current edition of the Uniform System of Citation (Bluebook). Submissions may not exceed 40 double-spaced pages exclusive of footnotes and end-notes. (At the discretion of the Section, the winning student may be asked to prepare a shorter version for inclusion in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News.)

Entry Procedure

Submit electronically two files. The first file should be a cover page only with contestant information, including the paper’s title and the entrant’s name, law school, year of study, mailing and email address, phone number, and ABA Membership ID number. The second file should be the paper with a cover page listing the title only; the contestant’s name and other identifying information, such as school name, MAY NOT appear on any page within this file. Entrants must email an electronic copy of their submission in Word format to Section Director Anne Kiefer (anne.kiefer@americanbar.org). Entries must be received by 7 pm Eastern time on May 1, 2014.

Staff of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice will assign a random number to each entry. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his/her law school will be known to the selection committee.

By submitting an entry in this contest, the entrant affirms that the entry is his or her own work and grants the ABA and the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice permission to edit and publish the entry in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review. Publication will be at the sole discretion of the Section and the Editors and Editorial Boards of these publications.

Please direct any questions about the contest to the Section Director at anne.kiefer@americanbar.org


The entries will be judged anonymously by Fellows of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and clarity of the proposal or thesis
  • Organization
  • Quality of the analysis and research
  • Grammar, syntax and form

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html" organization="Trandafir International Business ​Writing Competition" scholarship="Publication & Cash Prize of $2,000​​" deadline="3/21/2014"]



Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.


Publication and CASH PRIZE of $2,000.


The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.


All students currently enrolled in a law or graduate degree program from any institution in the world are eligible.


All mail entries must be postmarked no later than March 21, 2014. All electronically submitted essays must be received by Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems no later than 5:00 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on March 21, 2014. We will not accept late entries.


  1. All essays must be typed, double-spaced on 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches paper (or A4 paper for non-US entries), with a 1 inch margin on all sides. Electronic submissions are acceptable, please send as an attachment to an e-mail with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address included.
  2. There is no minimum page requirement. The essay must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes.
  3. Citations should follow rules published in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010).
  4. Entries must include a cover letter containing the student’s name, address, telephone number, name and address of the school which the student attends, and title of the student’s essay. The student’s name, school, or other identification should not appear on the actual essay.
  5. No essay shall be eligible which has been published or has an outstanding commitment for publication.
  6. All essays must be the work of an individual. Collaboration with others (other than the usual law review or seminar supervision) is prohibited.
  7. The judging panel will be comprised of TLCP editors and University of Iowa College of Law faculty. The panel reserves the right to make no award if a worthy article is not submitted.
  8. Electronic submissions must be received in our office no later than 5:00 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on March 21, 2014. Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with your submission. You should e-mail your submission as an attachment to: Trandafir.iowalaw@gmail.com and joshua-galgano@uiowa.edu
  9. After the editorial board receives your submission, we will send you a confirmation e-mail.

How to Submit

Electronic Submissions To:


Mail Submissions To:

Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building 185
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113, USA

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx#3" organization="International Association of Defense Counsel" scholarship="Cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 for the top three papers. The judges may also award honorable mentions. Winning and honorable mention entries will be considered for publication in the IADC’s quarterly, Defense Counsel Journal." deadline="5/16/2014"]



The International Association of Defense Counsel 2014 Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools.

Subject Matter

Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.

Authorship and Publication

Entries must be certified by the entrant on the IADC entry form to be the original and sole work of the entrant. At the time of submission, the entry must not have been published or accepted for publication, and the author must be free to execute the assignment of copyright to IADC referred to in Rule 7.


The contest will be judged by a committee of the IADC, whose decisions will be final. In addition to the monetary award winners, the judges may designate entries worthy of honorable mention.

Judging Standards

Articles will be judged on the following factors: (1) the choice of subject matter, as measured by its significance, international or national relevance, and timeliness; (2) the amount of work and effort, as measured by the entry’s comprehensiveness and analysis; (3) the quality of the legal analysis, as measured by its objectivity and balance; and (4) the writing quality, as measured by clarity of expression, brevity, and literary construction. Entrants also should consider the points made in the contest guidelines.


A year’s subscription to Defense Counsel Journal will be given to all contestants who meet the qualifications for entry in this contest.

Entries must be submitted via e-mail in English in Microsoft Word format to Melisa Maisel at mmaisel@iadclaw.org. Footnotes should appear on the page referenced in the text. Avoid excessive footnotes. Use The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th edition) for style.

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.nawl.org/" organization="National Association of Women Lawyers" scholarship="$500 for first place essay and the opportunity for the winning essay to be published in the summer edition of the Women Lawyers Journal" deadline="5/1/2014"]


The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organizationwhose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women’s rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad.NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political, and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper and enrich the profession. NAWLhas established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows:

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. The most recent winning paper was “Prosecutorial Indiscretion: District Attorneys’ Misuse of Alabama’s Chemical Endangerment Law to Criminalize Pregnant Women’s Substance Abuse” written by Amy Kokot, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Please view paper at www.nawl.org.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2013-14 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.


Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read.


NAWL designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.


Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.edu.


Entries must be received by May 1, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to jmartin@stu.edu.


The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will
also publish the winning essay in NAWL’s Women Lawyers Journal in Fall 2014.

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.acebc.com/employee-benefits-writing-competition" organization="The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel The American College of Tax Counsel" scholarship="Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award $1,500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500" deadline="6/3/2014"]


Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2013 and August 15, 2014. Papers must deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.
  1. Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes. Footnotes should be single spaced endnotes starting on a separate page.
  2. Papers must be submitted as email attachments to bdougherty@morganlewis.com and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes or the filename. That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  3. Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for Competition.
  4. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet publishes are eligible for the Competition, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Competition does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish.

Each winner will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on October 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, who are experienced attorneys that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Brian Dougherty at bdougherty@morganlewis.com or consult our website at www.acebc.com.

[writingCompetitions link="http://bit.ly/Levit2014" organization="Levit Essay Contest ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability Conference" scholarship="$5000 for the winning essay and an all expenses-paid trip to Boston, MA, Spring 2014 National Legal Malpractice" deadline="2/21/2014"]


The 2014 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.

Essay Requirements

Entries should be written as scholarly essays. All entries must be prepared for this contest and not previously published. Each entrant is required to assign to the ABA all rights, title and interest in the essay submitted. It is the policy of the ABA, however, to release all assigned rights in all but the winning essay.

Essays should not exceed 3,000 words, including quoted matter and citations. Footnotes are not permitted and citations should be incorporated into the main text.

For complete Contest Information and Rules, please see the following website: http://bit.ly/Levit2014

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.tannenwald.org" organization="Theodore Tannenweld, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel" scholarship="Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers." deadline="7/1/2014"]


Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules found at www.tannenwald.org.

The deadline for submitting papers is 9 p.m. EST, July 1, 2014. Papers should be mailed to Tannenwald Foundation, Ste. 200, 1275 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004, attn: Karen Jezierski.

For additional information, please contact Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 or nabramo@wcl.american.edu.

[writingCompetitions link="" organization="Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and the Young Lawyer Division of the Florida Bar" scholarship="$750 cash prize, complimentary registration" deadline="4/1/2014"]


The use of technology in today’s law practice can and does present new challenges and risks for attorneys in small firms as well as for solo practitioners representing clients involved in litigation. Because of or in spite of technology, many traditional law practices have now evolved into virtual law practices.  It is important for attorneys to understand how virtual law offices operate and how inappropriate use of technology can help cause legal malpractice claims as well as how proper use of technology can help prevent those claims.  The purpose of this contest is to encourage law students to write essays about 1) what a virtual law practice is, 2) what are some malpractice risks related to a virtual law practice; and 3) how technology can lead to or prevent legal malpractice claims in a virtual law office. Discussion may also address any relevant ethical considerations attorneys practicing in a virtual law practice should be aware of and how ethical issues may lead to legal malpractice claims, especially due to the proper or improper use of technology.

Essay Requirements:

All entries must be prepared for this contest or for academic purposes and not previously published in print or on the Internet. All entries must include a digital photograph for use in the event the entry is selected as the contest winner. Each entrant is required to assign to FLMIC and the other contest sponsors all rights, title and interest in the essay and digital photograph submitted. It is the policy of FLMIC and the other sponsors, however, to release all assigned rights in all but the winning essay and notify the author of any permissions given to third parties for reprint or otherwise publish.  The essay should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 pages, including citations appearing in Blue Book format as endnotes. Essays will be judged based on framing and analysis of the issue(s) discussed, research completed, solutions or practices suggestions, and writing style. The essay should be typewritten and double spaced on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. A cover sheet should be included that contains the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, title and law school status. No identification other than the title should appear on the essay itself. The cover sheet will be removed before the essay is read to assure objectivity in the judging process.


The contest is open to all students enrolled in a Florida law school as of the deadline date or during the prior academic year. Essays must be submitted to FLMIC ( nancys@flmic.com ) by the deadline date, which is April 1st 2014 by 5 p.m.


Essays will be judged by a committee of at least three individuals including but not limited to a representative of the YLD of The Florida Bar, FLMIC, the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar, who are unrelated to the entrants.


The winner of the essay contest will receive 1) a $750 cash award; 2) complimentary registration to the 8th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference; 3) hotel accommodations for the Conference provided by The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism; 4) recognition by the various sponsoring organizations at various events; and 5) submission of the essay by the Young Lawyers Division to The Florida Bar Journal for consideration for future publication in the June 2014 issue. The student awarded an Honorable Mention prize will receive 1) a $350 cash award; 2) recognition by the various sponsoring organizations at various events; and 3) submission of the essay by the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section to their newsletter editor for consideration for future publication in the Section’s fall 2013 newsletter.

For detailed competition rules, please visit http://flmic.com/lawstudentessaycontest.

[writingCompetitions link="http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/pdfs/2014-writing-competition.pdf" organization="American University College of Law American Society of International Law Law." scholarship="2 awards; one-year student membership with the American Society of International" deadline="2/16/2014"]


The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on a particular theme of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The theme of the 2014 Competition is “International Humanitarian Law and Emerging Technologies.” Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, drones, autonomous systems, cyber warfare technologies, etc.

This Competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved. In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools. The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL. Last year, the Competition received over 40 submissions from 12 different countries.

For detailed competition rules, please visit:


[writingCompetitions link="http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/pdfs/2014-writing-competition.pdf" organization="John Marshall Law School
Center for International Law Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition" scholarship="$3,000, winning essay; $1500 runner-up;
$500 second runner-up" deadline="2/14/2014"]



The John Marshall Law School Global Markets Law Journal invites JD and LLM students at all U.S. law schools to participate in this writing competition.


Please submit an original essay on a topic of your choice that addresses some aspect of the law of capital markets, including securities, commodities, futures, options, derivatives, and related issues.


The essay must be an original work. Each entrant is limited to one entry only. The essay must not currently be under consideration for publication by any other publication or have been compensated by another publisher.


  • All entries must be submitted electronically to 7aruldos@jmls.edu. Please reference “Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition” in the subject line.
  • The paper should be in Word, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font on 8.5” x 11” paper with one-inch margins. Papers must be submitted with endnotes.
  • Entries should be between 25–30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Endnotes and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • Please visit the Writing Competition website to download the Writing Competition cover
    sheet at http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/competition


All entries must be received by midnight, Central Standard Time, on Friday, February 14, 2014. Incomplete submissions or submissions submitted after this time and date will not be considered.

Review Process

The Center for International Law will notify all authors via email within seven days that their submissions have been received. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2014.

For detailed competition rules, please visit: http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/pdfs/2014-writing-competition.pdf

[writingCompetitions link="http://it-lex.org/writing-contest/" organization="IT-Lex, Technology Law" scholarship="First Place: $6000; Second Place: $2000; Third Place: $1000" deadline="5/2/2014"]


Contest Rules

Friends of IT-Lex, who are also law students (JD or LLM) in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, can enter our technology law writing contest, sponsored by the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. First place will receive $6000.00 USD and the opportunity to speak at the Innovate Conference on October 9-10 of 2014, second place $2,000.00 USD, and third place $1000.00 USD- plus the prize-winners will be published in the IT-Lex Journal, and will receive invitations to become write-on Members of IT-Lex.

So, what’s the topic for the contest? Technology law! We strongly suggest that you review our content and categories before choosing a topic. You may submit multiple entries, but only your top-ranked submission will be eligible for prizes.

Submissions must be:

  1. 5,000-7,500 words including footnotes
  2. Word format, formatted with double-spaced body text and footnotes rather than endnotes
  3. Conformed to the 19th edition of The Bluebook

For your article to be considered, please make sure all three of these requirement are met.

[writingCompetitions link="http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/Writing Competition.aspx" organization="The College of Labor and Employment Law ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law" scholarship="First Place: $1,500; Second Place: $1000; Third Place: $500" deadline="5/15/ 2014 (midnight)"]


Contest Rules
  1. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.
  2. The competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2013.
  3. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, and overall appearance.
  4. Articles must be submitted by midnight (EDST) on May 15, 2014, to swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line “Writing Competition.” Submit the manuscript and a cover page as an e-mail attachment. The author’s name shall appear only on a cover page also including the author’s law school, graduation date, e-mail and street address, and telephone number. The cover page will be removed prior to the evaluation process.
  5. The attached manuscript and cover page may be either a Microsoft Word or PDF document using 12-point Times New Roman font. The text should be double-spaced and the footnotes single-spaced with double-spacing between footnotes on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, may not exceed twenty pages. Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents or table of cases.
  6. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition).
  7. Manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  8. No person may submit more than one entry.
  9. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.
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