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Writing Competitions

Competitions are listed by chronologically by deadline date.



Animal Law Writing Contest
Sponsor: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association, and Animal Health Institute
More Information: Website
Topic: Scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Deadline: Papers must be submitted no later than Noon CST on February 15, 2015 in order to be accepted.
Journal of Education and Human Development Call for Papers
Sponsor: American Research Institute for Policy Development
Topic: Topics that are of international significance in terms of design and/or findings by encouraging the collaboration with international teams of researchers to create special issues on these topics. The journal strives to strengthen connections between research and practice, so enhancing professional development and improving practice within the field of education and human development.
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Innovative Research and WRiting on Lawyers' Professional Liability
Sponsor: The Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP.
More Information: Website
Topic: The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.
Deadline: ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on February 20, 2015. MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by February 20, 2015.
Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
Sponsor: The Journal of Business & Securities Law
Topic: Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format.
Submission Procedure: If you are a law student at an ABA accredited law school, then submit:
  1. An electronic copy of your article, either as a pdf or as a Word document;
  2. A brief abstract of your article; and
  3. Your curriculum vitae (CV) with complete contact information
Deadline: February 20, 2015


2015 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Sponsor: ABA Section of Family Law
More Information: Website
Topic: Any aspect of family law.
Deadline: To enter, one must submit an entry form by April 17, 2015. Essays are DUE May 1, 2015.
Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School
More Information: Website
Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.
Deadline: Must be received before 5pm, Friday, April 24, 2015
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
Topic: Issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law.
Deadline: All entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY April 30, 2015


2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: National Association of Women Lawyers
More Information: Website
Topic: Issues concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Questions should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at
Deadline: Entries must be RECEIVED by May 1, 2015


2015 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Sponsor: American Inns of Court
More Information: Website
Topic: Topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Deadline: Submission deadline is July 1, 2015.
2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Sponsor: The Theodore Tennenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Topic: Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics related to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).
Deadline: July 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm EDT