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2016–2017 Writing Competitions

Arranged chronologically by entry deadline. Additional information about these competitions and awards may be found in a binder located in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall, contact Trudy Feldkamp.

Expert institute's annual legal writing scholarship

Clear, effective writing is the cornerstone of an exceptional lawyer, and a vital area of education for aspiring attorneys.  While traditional forms of legal writing like case briefs and contracts endure, the internet has given legal professionals a new
medium of communication that demands mastery as well.  Blog posts are a new way for attorneys to educate and persuade, and to participate in a broader legal discourse with their peers.  In recognition of the importance of online legal writing, The Expert Institute
is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student.  
TOPIC:  Best legal blog post written by a j.d. student on the topic of the use of expert 
witnesses in litigation.     
AWARDS: $2,000 cash award and publication on The Expert Institute's blog and
weekly newsletter. 
Submission Guidelines: All articles must be submitted via  Submissions are to be 1,500-2,500 words in length, and written in blog post format.  Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples.  Must be an unpublished, original submission.  Submission must include full name of author (first, middle, and last), contact information, including email address and phone number; school name and mailing address; a .doc or .docx file containing the article.  PDF's and other document formats are not acceptable.
DEADLINES: December 31, 2016


In 2017, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law studnet and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions.  This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student - $250

2017 Contest Question:
THere is a consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services.  One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and oftern overused tests, procedure, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal syste, and that health care professionals' efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability.  Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.  

1) All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in as accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
2) No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published.  An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
3) The submitted paper must be responsive to the 2017 Contest Question.
4) Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.
1) The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words.  The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
2) No abstract is required.
3) All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
4) All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes.  The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced.  All text must have one inch margins.  All pages must be numbered.
5) The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author's name, full contact information, and school or residency program,m as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
6) At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
7) If the author wished to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.
1) All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process.  The decision of the judges is final.
2) Prizes will not be awarded in the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.
3) Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:  responsiveness to the competition question, originality and thoughtfulness, quality of analysis, quality of writing, citation of authority supporting arguments.
1) All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2017.
2) Papers must be submitted electronically to
3) Direct questions to:  Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State Universtiy Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300  Phone: 850-645-9473  Web: htttp://  Email:
4) Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2017


The scholarships are a joint effort of the GRAMMY Foundation and ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries intended to provide law students with opportunities in the field of entertainment law.
DEADLINE:  January 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST)
AWARDS:  grand prize winner receives $5,000 scholarship; four runners-up each receive $1,500 scholarships.  All winners are also flown to Los Angeles where they are honored at the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon.  The winners also attend GRAMMY week events including the GRAMMY Awards telecast, and The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute.


The American Law and Economics Association solicits submissions of papers for the 2017 annual meeting, which will be held at Yale Law School.
To submit a paper for consideration, please go to
Choose the "Submit Papers" link on the lest-hand side of the screen.

ELIGIBILITY: Students must be an ALEA member.  You can submit a paper without paying ALEA dues, but your paper will not be considered until you pay the dues.

You may submit at mot two (2) papers.  Only one paper may be presented at the Conference.  Submission of a paper entails a personal commitment to attend the meeting and present the paper should it be selected for the program.

Note on Membership:  Student membership is $30.  Go to 

AWARDS:  Presentation at Annual Meeting, May 12-13, 2017; Yale Law School; New Haven, CT.
DEADLINE: January 6, 2017 

Additional information can be found on the website

PLF's Program for Judicial Awareness promotes the publication of works of legal academic scholarship that advance an understanding of key constitutional issues before the nation's courts.  Essays submitted to the writing competition address one of four questions on areas of the law within PLF's mission, incorporating pertinent case law and applicable academic literature.
TOPIC:  The reach of Congress's commerce power with reference to the Environmental  Protection Agency's controversial "waters of the United States" rule; judicial deference to  government agency rules; the impact of occupational licensing on professionals' freedom of speech; and the Williamson County doctrine, which creates procedural obstales to property owners seeking just compensation for government takings. 
AWARDS:  First place, $5,000 cash prize and will be recognized at the annual Pacific Legal Foundation gala; Second place, $3,000 cash prize; Third place, $1,000 cash prize.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:  The essay questions and detailed information about eligibility rules and contest requirements are available on the website.  
DEADLINE:  No later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 13, 2017 


The AILR has proudly served the Native community for over forty years, and encourages all students to participate in its prestigious writing competition.  AIRL is an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution.

TOPIC:  Papers will be accepted on any isue concerning American Indian law or indigenious peoples.  However, topics recently published in the AILR will not be favored.
ELIGIBILITY:  The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline.  Editors of the AILR are not eligible to compete.
AWARDS:  First place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the AILR.  Second place winner receives $500, and third place received $250.
DEADLINE:  All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.  Any hardcopy entries must be postmarked by that date.  Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt.  All entries beome the property of the American Indian Law Review.
Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at by the competition deadline.  Entries may be sent as Microsoft Word, PDF, or WordPerfect documents.  Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable.  If submitting hardcopies, mail them to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK  73019.  Please send an email to on or before the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission.
STANDARDS:  Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.
FORM:  Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes.  All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.).  The body of the email must contain the author's name, social security number, school, expected year of graduation, urrent address, permanent address, and email address.  Inquiries may be replied to by email.  No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself.  All entries must have only one author.  Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions.  Papers entered in the AILR writing competition may not be submitted to considereation to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced.  Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.

For more information visit the website:  f


This year, the Prize's suggested these is "Balancing Burdens and Benefits after Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt."  For more information about this topic and about the writing prize generally, please download the Call for Submissions here.  

DEADLINE:  Monday, Febraury 27, 2017
Winning authors will receive cash prizes:  $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of thenewly released casebook, Melissa Murray's and Kristin Luker's Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice.  The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.


Brogdon Champion, LLC is an Atlanta personal injury law firm that represents clients who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or company. Brogdon Champion prides itself on providing superior legal representation to personal injury clients that complies with the highest professional and ethical standards. To encourage and promote awareness of ethical issues and standards in the area of personal injury law, the firm is sponsoring an essay contest for law students that focuses on ethical issues in personal injury cases.

The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injurey and wrongful death cases.  The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.  The essay must include a cover page that listes the entrant's name, address, phone number, law school, and class (i.e. 1L, 2L, 3L).  Submitted papers must be 8-1/2" x 11", double-spaced, and typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1" margins, including cited material and footnotes.  Papers must include a brief (no more than 350 word) abstract at the beginning of the essay.
1) The contest is open to any law student enrolled at a law school in the United States.
2) Unpublished papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition.
3) The content submitted must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted fo publication elsewhere.
4) Joint papers are not acceptable.
5) Muliple submissions are acceptable; however, each author will only be eligible for one award.
6) Eligibility determinations will be made by Brogdon Champion, LLC.
Winner will be selected and notified by March 31, 2017.  1st Place: will receive $2,500 and publication on the firm's website.  2nd Place:  will receive $1,000.
Articles will be judged by the attorneys at Brogdon Champion, LLC.  A winning essay will be: (1) adequately researched and property supported by citations; (2) effectively organized and written; (3) thorough, with a minimum of digression, but with potential counterarguments addressed; (4) accurate and clear in its analysis; (5) in compliance with standard conventions of similar court documents; and, (6) technically well-written, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form.
DEADLINE:  March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.  Essays should be submitted via e-mail in a Word document to
For more information visit


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. ELIGIBILITY:  Open to second and third-year full-time J.D. students of all ABA-approved law schools. 
PRIZES:  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.
DEADLINE:  Entry form by April 14, 2017.  Essays are due April 28, 2017.

More information, including the downloadable entry form, can be found on the website

The COFECE is committed to fulfilling its mission of guaranteeing free market entry and competition in the Mexican economy.  COFECE acknowledges that many areas of scientific inquiry provide important insights into how markets work, and may therefore contriute to improving the implementation of competition policy in our country.
There is one category for this award: "Academic research related to the working of markets".  The purpose of the award is to encourage researchers and postgraduate students to approach this topic.  The theses studied may be addressed from a diversity of perspectives including, but not limited to, those of economics, law and political science.  Researchers of all nationalities are welcome to participate.  All registered work, however, must be written in Spanish.
Prospective participants may register their work until May 28th, 2017.  The prizes for the first and second places are $200,000 Mexican Pesos (approx. $10,000 USD) and $70,000 Mexican Pesos (approx. $3,700 USD).  In addition, the jury (comprised of representatives from prestigious Mexican academic and publc institutions) is entitled to award as many as three Honourable Mentions.  The call for submissions (in Spanish only) is available at:

Any questions need to be directed to the competition organizers listed on the website.
DEADLINE:  May 28, 2017


This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States.  Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2016.  Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.  TOPIC:  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.  Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and empllyment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country.  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.  Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources.  We discourage students from writing articles about a recent Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory develpments subsequent to the Supreme Court's decision. 
DEADLINE:  June 15, 2017
PRIZES:  First place $3,000, article published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law and will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; second place $1000; third place $500

Please visit the competition website for more information, including judging guidelines and paper requirements.