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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.

Topic Sponsor Sorted Ascending Prize Due Date

Students must be enrolled in an accredited law school. The paper must be on the 4th Amendment implications regarding cell-site simulator technology.

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ABA Criminal Justice Section

$2,500

07/01/2018

Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school. The paper cannot be considered for publication elsewhere, and the topics must be in the area of trusts and estates.

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ACTEC Foundation

$5,000 + journal publication

$3,000 + online publication

$1,000 + online publication

06/15/2018

Students must be enrolled in law school and the paper should be 30-40 pages on an intellectual property law topic.

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AIPLA

Trip to AIPLA Annual Meeting

06/29/2018

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?

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American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

$2,500

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07/01/2018

Essays can be about any issue of Family Law, and students are encourages to write about national issues. Content is open to students in their 2nd or 3rd year at an ABA acredited law school.

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American Bar Association Section of Family Law

$1,500

$750

$350

04/27/2018

Submissions to the Warren E. Burger Prize should be an original, unpublished essay of 10,000-25,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

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American Inns of Court

$5,000 + publication

07/01/2018

Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 29, 2018.  To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course.  Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2017. 

The winner will receive reasonable expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 25-27, 2018, in Washington, DC, to receive their award.

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American Intellectual Property Law Association

$2,000

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n/a

06/29/2018

The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy  C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize is a scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.  The article or  book must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1, 2018, deadline.  As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent.  All reasonable expenses will be paid.

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Chicago-Kent College of Law

$10,000

n/a

n/a

07/01/2018

Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2017-2018 school year. The essays must be law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing projects.

Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

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National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees

$1,000 + Publication

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04/30/2018

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.

 

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National Association of Women Lawyers

$500

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N/A

05/01/2018

Submissions to the Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

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Notre Dame Law School

$2,500

04/27/2018

Students must be a NY State resident at an accredited law school. Any paper relating to antitrust law is eligible, and shoudl be 20-30 pages.

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NYSBA Section of Antitrust Law

$5,000

04/30/2018

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

06/01/2018

Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law.  Preference will be given to topics demonstrating particular relevance to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel and unique perspectives.

Sponsor's Web Site

Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

$5,000 + publication

$2,500 (potential prize for runner-up)

n/a

05/31/2018

Questions? Please contact J.D. Academic Services, McDonough 352 or (202) 662-9041.

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