Writing Competitions, Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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ABA Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice 2016 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
This year's contest hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a U.S.-based law firm seeks to acquire foreign law firms in an effort to better serve and expand its international client base. Contest rules may be found here. You may contact Marcia Yarbrough atl (312) 988-5763 with any questions.
Cash prize: $5,000
Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016
Call for Submissions - UCD Law Review
The Editorial Board seeks academic legal articles from both undergraduate/postgraduate students, recent graduates and practitioners.
We publish articles from a wide variety of legal fields, and are always interested in submissions that represent an original perspective, or discuss innovative occurrences.
All articles that are chosen for publication will be considered for The Most Outstanding Article Prize, which is accompanied by a monetary award of €500. Submit by email: UCDLawReviewSubmissions@ucd.ie
Submission Deadline: March 25, 2016
2016 ABA SEER Law Student Writing Competitions
Discuss any aspect of dispute resolution or dispute prevention practice, theory or research related to environmental, energy, or natural resource conflicts or should critique or analyze the dispute resolution process used in a particular case. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases.
For additional information, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/writing_competitions.html.
Submission Deadline: April 1, 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 Entries must be original, unpublished work.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.
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.
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.
NYSBA Elder & Special Needs Law Journal Student Writing Competition
All students attending an accredited ABA law school with New York State and recent law graduates seeking employment. Topic: Any law or legal issue affecting seniors and/or persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on historically underserved populations. Examples include, but are not limited to, access to education, healthcare and housing.
There will be two $500 prizes and a complimentary one year membership in the New York State Elder Law Section for the winners. For additional information, click here.
Deadline Submission: March 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.