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Student Affairs

Writing Competitions

Competitions are listed by chronologically by deadline date.

2017

March

Brogdon Champion, LLC Law School Essay Contest
Sponsor: Brogdon Champion, LLC
More Information: Website
Email: scholarships@brogdonchampion.com
Topic: The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
Award:
  • The first place winner will receive $2,500 and publication on our firm's website.
  • The second place winner will receive $1,000.
Deadline: March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
Ninth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: Blank Rome LLP
More Information: Website
Email: papers@abiworld.org
Topic: The competition invites papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.
Award:
  1. The First Place Winner, sponsored by Blank Rome, LLP, will receive a prize of $2,000, plus publication of his or her paper in the prestigious ABI Journal.
  2. The Second Place Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,250, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.
  3. The Third Place Winner will receive a cash prize of $750, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession
Sponsor: The Law School Admission Council's Diversity Committee
Email: DiversityOffice@LSAC.org
Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession
Award: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will 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: Friday, March 31, 2017 5PM EST

April

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Sponsor: Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation
More Information: Website
Email: familylaw@americanbar.org
Topic: The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue.
Award: First Place
  • $1,500.00
  • Certificate of Recognition as First-Place Winner
  • Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
  • Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
  • Letter to Law School Dean
  • One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership
Second Place
  • $750.00
  • Certificate of Recognition as Second-Place Winner
  • Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
  • Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
  • Letter to Law School Dean
  • One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership
Third Place
  • $350.00
  • Certificate of Recognition as Third-Place Winner
  • Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
  • Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
  • Letter to Law School Dean
  • One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership
Deadline: April 14, 2017
Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Sponsor: University of Notre Dame The Law School
More Information: Website
Email: sumption.1@nd.edu
Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original, unpublished work.
Award: One person will receive $2,5000.
Deadline: April 28, 2017

May

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Sponsor: The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc
Email: kyle.shifflett@oscn.net
Topic: The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.
Award: First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will also be published in the 2016 Symposium compendium of materials. Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Tax Analysts Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: Tax Analysts
More Information: Website
Email: studentwritingcomp@taxanalysts.org
Topic: Papers must be between 2,500 and 12,000 words and focus on an unsettled question in federal, international, or U.S. state tax law or policy.
Award: The opportunity to publish a paper in Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, or Tax Notes International and receive a 12-month online subscription to all of these weekly magazines after graduation.
Deadline: May 31, 2017