Competitions

Competitions
2018 Competitions

Companion Animal Writing Contest
Host: The American Kennel Club, Inc.
Topic: Companion Animals
Prize: The first place winner will receive $2,500 and the second place winner will receive $500.
Deadline for Submission: March 30, 2018

2017 Competitions

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Host: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Topic: Disability Law
Prize: The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR's editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. 
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2017

2017 Diversity Writing Competition
Host: Law School Admission Council's Diversity Committee
Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession
Prize: There are three levels of competition (1L, 2L, and 3-4/L)  and the winner of each level will receive a $5,000 cash prize.The winning essays will also be posted at DiscoverLaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.
Deadline for submission: All papers must be sent no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Host: American Bar Association Section of Family Law
Topic: Family Law
Prize: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly and the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding the achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section.
Deadline for submission: April 14, 2017. Essay due April 28, 2017.

The 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Host: Public Citizen
Topic: “What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?"
Prize: $5,000 cash for best essay.
Deadline for submission: April 28, 2017

2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Host: American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
Topic: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This provision has become an incredibly powerful protector of privacy since its applicability to the states and the advent of the exclusionary rule.
Prize: $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section.
Deadline for submission: July 1, 2017, 11:59 pm CST

2016 Competitions

2016 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Host: Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law
Topic: For contest question, see link above
Prize: $250
Deadline for submission: January 4, 2016

2016 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
Host: FBA Section on Taxation
Topic: Federal taxation 
Prize: cash prize (first place $2000; second place $1000), a trip to the FBA's Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C., and possible publication in the Tax Section newsletter, the Report, or The Federal Lawyer
Deadline for submission: January 8, 2016

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Host: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Topic: Relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
Prize: $1500 cash prize and consideration for publication in Thomas Jefferson Law Review; two second place winners will receive $1000 cash
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2016

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Host: The University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review
Topic: Any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples
Prize: First Place will receive $1000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review; Second Place will receive $500; Third Place will receive $250
Deadline for submission: January 29, 2016

2015-2016 Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
Host: The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
Topic: The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California
Prize: Grand Prize - $1500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year student membership in the Criminal Law Section; Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year membership in the Criminal Law Section
Deadline for submission: February 29, 2016

2016 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Host: American Bar Association Section of Family Law
Topic: Any aspect of family law
Prize: Monetary prize (First Place $1500, Second Place $750, Third Place $350), certificate of recognition, consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly and the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding the achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section
Deadline for Submission: Entry form due by April 15, 2016; Essay due April 29, 2016

2016 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Host: National Association of Women Lawyers
Topic: Women's rights, and/or women in the law
Prize: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. The most recent winning paper was "The Practice of Name Suppression: How the News Media Promotes the Stigmatization of Rape Victims" written by Emily Suran, University of Michigan Law School. 
Deadline for Submission: Entries must be received by May 1, 2016. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of the 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) to jmartin@stu.edu.Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be 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 that are not in the required format will not be read.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2015-2016
Host: College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
Topic: Aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.
Prize: First Place: $3000 and publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law; Second Place: $1000; Third Place: $500
Deadline for submission: June 15, 2016

2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Host: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Topic: Any federal or state tax-related topic
Prize: Cash prize ($5000 for first place; $2500 for second place; $1500 for third place)
Deadline for Submission: July 1, 2016

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 2015-2016 Law Student Writing Competition
Host: The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Topic: Any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Prize: $3,500, publication via the Association's newsletter and website, consideration for publication in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal
Deadline for Submission: July 15, 2016

2016 Patent Quality Initiative Writing Competition
Host: Patent Quality Initiative
Topic: Issues of Patent Quality
Prize: The author of the entry awarded First Place will be awarded $3,000 and the author of the entry awarded Second Place will be awarded $1,500. Both of the winning articles will be published on the Patently-O Patent Law Journal and on the Patent Quality Initiative’s website. 
Deadline for Submission: November 7, 2016

ACCFSL 2017 Writing Competition
Host: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Topic: Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.
Prize: Cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2017 meeting of the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, may be made.
Deadline for Submission: December 1, 2016 (Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2015, and December 1, 2016)

2015 Competitions

The 2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Host: R. Ben Hogan, III of Hogan Law Office, PC and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates
Topic: The impact of "Corporate Personhood" on American life: should corporations be afforded bill of rights and other constitutional protections?
Prize: $5,000
Deadline for submission: April 30, 2015

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Host: Notre Dame Law School
Topic: Any legal ethics topic.
Prize: $2,500
Deadline for submission: April 24, 2015

2015 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Host: ABA Section of Family Law
Topic: Current issues in family law
Prizes: Varied
Deadline for submission: May 1, 2015

The International Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Legal Writing Contest
Host: The International Association of Defense Counsel
Topic: Any subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.
Prize: $2,000, $1,000, $500
Deadline: May 15, 2015

Employee Benefits Writing Prize
Host: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
Prizes: $1,500, $1,500
Deadline for submission: June 2, 2015

The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Host: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel
Topic: Any topic on federal or state tax. Please see competition website for more information.
Prizes: $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500.
Deadline for submission: July 1, 2015

2014-2015 Student Writing Competition
Host: Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Topic: Any topic that lies within the substance, procedure or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Prize: $2,000
Deadline for submission: July 17, 2015