Writing Competitions, Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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BRANDEIS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Jerome M. Ginsberg Scholarship and the Hon. Moses M. Weinstein Scholarship
The Brandeis Association of Queens County Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Jewish law students currently in the 2nd or 3rd year of study at the time of submission and who are residents of Queens County or who are attending law school in Queens County. In awarding the scholarships consideration will be given to financial need, legal scholarship and community involvement. We will be awarding two scholarships of $4,500 per student. Click here to download application.
Submission Deadline: April 22, 2016
Notre Dame Law School Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original, unpublished work.
Coauthored essays may be submitted.
A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry. All entries must be received before 5 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016.
Additional information may be found here.
Tax Analysts’ Annual Student Writing Competition
Tax Analysts is pleased to announce the opening of its annual student writing competition for 2016. This global competition enables students who win to publish a paper in Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, or Tax Notes International and receive a 12-month online subscription to all these weekly magazines after graduation.
Students must be enrolled in a law, business, or public policy program. Papers should 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. Submissions are judged on originality of argument, content, grammar, and overall quality.
Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2016. To submit an entry, please type “Submission: [school name]” in the subject line.
Matsui Writing Competition
Your submission must address a legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. The winner of the competition will receive a monetary award of $1,500, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), subject to APALJ’s standard editorial process and copyright policy. APALJ’s editorial process may require additional substantive edits prior to publication. Please do not submit any manuscript that has previously been published, or that is concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere.
Additional information may be found here.
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016
IGLRC 2016 – Call for papers
10th Annual International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC) hosted by the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
The conference will take place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April 2016. In order to mark the occasion of the 10th Anniversary this IGLRC will be themed around The transnational legal landscape: challenges and opportunities. This theme has been inspired by the research focus of the Transnational Law Institute at the Dickson Poon School of Law and we hope that it facilitates the exploration of issues across a wide variety of legal topics.
The deadline for submissions is 10th January 2016. Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted via our website: http://www.iglrc.com/. A panel of academics will review submissions and successful applicants will be notified by 5th February 2016. The final deadline for full articles of 6,000 words will be 14th March 2016.
We accept papers on the full range of legal topics including but not limited to:
Commercial Law, Competition Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Environmental Law, European Union Law, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Law, Legal Theory / Philosophy of Law, Medical Law, Public Law, Public International Law, Tort Law, Transnational Law
If you are not submitting a paper but would like to attend the conference, you will be able to register online from the 1st December 2015. The cost of registration is £50 and you must register for both days. There are a small number of places reserved for LLM students at a reduced price of £30.
Deadline Submission: April 2016
2016 HOWARD C. SCHWAB MEMORIAL ESSAY CONTEST SECTION OF FAMILY LAW
Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time J.D. students (and second through fourth-year part-time J.D. students) of all ABA-approved law schools, and to first year J.D. students where family law is taught as part of the first year curriculum.
Winning entries receive the following: 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. To enter, one must submit an entry form by April 15, 2016. Essays are due April 29, 2016.
More information, including our downloadable entry form, can be found here.
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Legal Writing Competition
All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.
For rules, guidelines and entry form, click here.
Deadline Submission: May 20, 2016
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition
Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. First winner: $3,000 Second winner: 1,000, Third winner: $500
First-place winner will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law.
Competition rules may be found here. Articles must be submitted to email@example.com
Deadline Submission: June 15, 2016
First annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition and Scholarship for law students, sponsored by The Foundation for Continuing Justice
The competition is designed to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. This unique competition will be judged by a diverse panel of judges representing practitioners, academics and business professionals in the background check industry. Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations.
The goal of the contest is to support law students’ educational pursuits while helping increase awareness of long-term impact a criminal record has and the importance of thoughtful laws governing topics as criminal record expungement and sealing as well as the publicizing and utilization of criminal records.
2015-2016 Essay Topics:
Please choose one of the following:
How to improve expungement related laws in (state of your choice)
When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?
Can criminal record expungement can break cycles of recidivism
The Prizes For The Winning Essays Are As Follows:
First Place: $2,000.00
Second Place: $1,000.00
Third Place: $300.00
$200 Honorable Mention
$250 Best Policy Recommendations
$250 Best Research
All Essays Are Due By June 30, 2016
The Winners Will Be Announced On Or Before July 31, 2016
Additional information can be found here.
2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship
The Law Office of Renkin & Associates is pleased to announce the 2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship. This scholarship was established to provide financial support to a student whose life has been impacted by lymphoma or leukemia and is seeking to continue his or her education through law school. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who submits the required application and essay by July 31, 2016.
For more information and to download the application, please click here.
James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundation. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.
The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.
Entries must be received through www.piabafoundation.org no later than 5 pm eastern on September 16, 2016. Additional information about this competition may be found here.
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
2016 Rules for the Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-third annual Brown Award. 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. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2015 Award was presented to Michael Clemente, Yale Law School, for his paper, A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for “Idiots.”
In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. 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. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional. The submission must be postmarked no later than August 19, 2016.
The student’s package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student’s sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The 2016 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by January 31, 2017, and listed with the other finalists may be found here.