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Students interested in participating in any of the competitions listed below should obtain a complete copy of the competition rules. Competition rules are available at the websites listed below or in the Writing Competition Binder located in the J.D. Academic Services Office, McDonough 352. Also, please visit the ABA's list of writing competitions at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/events_competitions/wec.html.

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The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR website.  No entry fee is required.  Applicants may submit an unlimited number of entries each month.  The top two to four articles will be published on the NLR website.  

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National Law Review

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10/31/2017

The topic is any subject in the field of securities law.  Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2017 fall semester.  Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during the calendar year 2016, and papers scheduled for publication in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for submission.  Co-authored papers are not eligible.

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Association of Securities and Exchange Comission Alumni (ASECA_

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11/10/2017

The competition is intended to encourage students of law to write on areas of public or private international law.  Law students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are cordially invited to submit an entry.  The competition presents an opportunity for students to submit law review quality articles to the Section for possible publication in one of its publications.

All articles submitted for the competition become the property of the Section.  No article submitted may be published in any journal or periodical other than the "New York State Bar Journal," the "New York International Law and Review," or the "International Law Practicum," until after the announcement of the winner of this competition in January.

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New York State Bar Association, International Section

$2,000 + publication

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11/10/2017

The competition is open to any law student in good standing and currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, over the age of 21 and who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.  The Section will present an award, based on the excellence of the paper, to a law student who writes a substantive paper on any aspect of health law.  All submissions must be the work of the entrant.  Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit.  Submissions must not have been previously published in any media.  A second place winning paper and additional awards will be named if deemed appropriate by the Section and may be published in The Health Lawyer magazine.

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American Bar Association Health Law Section

$500 + publication

Possible publication

Possible publication

12/01/2017

The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring a writing contest for all interestedd participants who are over the age of 18 as of December 2017.  The contest topic is:

The Supreme Court has recognized "temperance" as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation.  Define temperance as it would apply in today's alcohol marketplace.  Is it still relevant today?  Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

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Center for Alcohol Policy

$5,000

$2,500

$1,000

12/01/2017

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law.  Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment.  In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories. 

Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law.  Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered, if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Sponsor's Web Site

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

$3,500 for papers

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12/01/2017

Students enrolled in law school anywhere in the world as of December 2017 and seeking a first degree in law, such as a juris doctor, LL.B. or an equivalent, are eligible to submit an article for consideration.  The general subject of this year's competition is any topic related to energy development.  This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.

The article can be any work prepared by the student while enrolled in law school and can include prior works prepared for a law journal or a law school course, so long as the submitted version complies with the submission guidelines.

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Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law

$2,500

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12/08/2017

Any current issue involving labor or employment law.  The scope of permissible topics for the article is broad; i.e., any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.  Articles must be original from the applicant.  In addition, they must not have been submitted for other publication or written as part of paid employment.

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New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

$3,000 and Publication

$2,000 and Publication

$1,000 and Publication

12/08/2017

The competition is open to students enrolled in an ABA accredited law school during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Students of all backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply.

Entry topics should focus on a cutting-edge legal issue affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities.  Entries should not be previously published or scheduled for publication.  In addition, students who submit notes promise exclusive submission to the Dukeminier Student Writing Competition until January 15, 2018.  This means that the submission should not be in consideration at other journals before that date.

 

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UCLA Willliams Institute

$1,000

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12/15/2017

Each scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, arts, or sports law.  Open to all law students attending an eligible law school:  an accredited law school within New York State, along with Rutgers University Law School, Seton Hall Law School, and up to ten other selected accredited law schools throughout the country on a rotating basis.

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New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

$2,500

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12/31/2017

Open to J.D. students.  Scholarship for the best legal blog post by a law student on any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses.  Article must be an unpublished, original submission.  To win, the article has to be logically rigorous and substantive, as well as engaging and entertaining.  Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful.

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The Expert Institute

$2,000 + publication

Blog publication

Blog publication

12/31/2017

All students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States and those recently graduated (2017).  The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers' compensation law.  Students are encouraged to present: 

  • a public policy issue;
  • a critique of a leading case or doctrine; or
  • a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.

Articles must be original from the applicant.  The winner's article will also be considered for publication.

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College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

$2,000

$1,500

$1,000

01/15/2018

Open to any law school student in good standing, over the age of 21, who is currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions, who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.

The goal is to encourage and reward law student writings on antitrust law and competition law subjects of general and current interest.  The competition invites editors of law school publications to submit published articles on a current topic dealing with antitrust law and consumer protection law.  The competition is designed to attract students to the antitrust law and consumer protection law field and to strongly encourage scholarship in these areas.

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American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

$2,500

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01/31/2018

The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools.  Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award.

The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper.

In addition to the first, second and third place awards, there will be two "Finalist" awards of $1,000 each, and $5,000 will go to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

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The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

$10,000

$5,000

$3,000

01/31/2018

The competition is open to all lawyers and law students.  Coauthored submissions are eligible.  Submissions must be original academic works that are either unpublished or published no more than one year prior to the competition deadline (specifically, not before January 2017).  Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed.  Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.

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American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

$1,500

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02/04/2018

ELI invites students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.  Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2018.  Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit.  Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit.  Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

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Environmental Law Institute and Beveridge & Diamond

$2000 + publication

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04/09/2018

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees "the right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searchs and seizures."  The one-sentence amendment is vague, and what constitutes reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation.  With technological innovation comes the potential for law enforcement to develop new tools to investigate and prosecute crimes.  One such tool is the "cell-site simulator."  Does using a cell-site simulator constitute an "unreasonable" search in Fourth Amendment terms"  If not, why not?  And if yes, why and when?

Sponsor's Web Site

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

$2,500

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07/01/2018

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