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Writing Competitions

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*prize may include publication, presentation, complimentary membership or other awards as specified by the official competition rules.

Competition Topic Prize Deadline
REPTL 2015 Student Writing Competition Entrants must submit an article on a current or general topic dealing with real property, probate, or trust law. Full details. $5,000 12/18/2015
Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 2014 – 2015 Law Student Writing Competition Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of
the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Full details.
$2,000 7/17/2015
The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 11th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize Any topic in the field of employee benefits law. Full details. $1,500 6/2/2015
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2014-2015 Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Full details. $1,500
2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. Full Details. $500 5/1/2015
The DISH "Best in Class" eDiscovery Legal Research & Writing Competition Courts are increasingly expecting "transparency" and "cooperation" among counsel during the discovery phase in civil litigation although we still expect lawyers to be advocates who are bound by strict confidentiality parameters regarding the secrecy of client confidences and work product protected by privilege. Identify the issues that you see impacted by these competing policy interests and provide your analysis and suggestions on how lawyers should navigate the civil discovery process to address these concerns. The judges are looking for creativity and support for arguments as well as excellent writing and reasoning. Full details. $3,500 4/3/2015
Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law
Writing Competition
Submitted papers may be on any 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. Full details. $1,500 4/15/2015
Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. Full details. $2,000 4/6/2015
The Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. Full details. $500 3/16/2015
Canadian Journal of Human Rights Any topic relating to human rights or international humanitarian law. Full details. Publishing n/a