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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.


The Hibernian Law Journal in Ireland is looking for submissions for the 2017 edition.  Established in 1999, the Journal is co-ordinated by trainee and newly qualified lawyers.  The HLJ is academic peer reviewed and has a wide circulation, both in Ireland and internationally.  Articles relating to Irish, European and international law are considered.  Preference is given to articles which are relevant in an Irish context.

GUIDELINES:  Articles should be between 5,000 and 15,000 words, though exceptions may be made.  The article may not have been published elsewhere, although the article may be a thesis which is bound and catalogues in a university library.  Articles may be on any legal topic of interest to the author.  Case notes which make a genuine contribution to scholarship are also welcome.  The website lists the most common reasons for submissions being refused and authors should have regard to these.  Submissions from trainee solicitors and pupil barristers, PhD students and early career academics are particularly welcome.  The Hibernian Law Journal House Style is available on the website.

DEADLINE:  October 31, 2016.  Articles should be submitted in soft copy format to

Journal website: 


Awards prized for outstanding papers in the field of securities law.  Papers may address any subject in the field of securities law.  

ELIGIBILITY:  Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2016 fall semester.  Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2016, and papers scheduled for publication in 2016 or 2017 are eligible for submission.  Co-authored papers are not eligible.
AWARDS:  $5,000 first place, $3,000 second place, $2,000 third place.
DEADLINE: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Submissions, 2 copies, mail to:
P.O. Box 5767
Washington DC  20016
All submissions must include author's name, e-mail address, potal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation.  For published submissions and submissions scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication or anticipated publication should be included.  Should your article be selected, permission from your publisher to post a link to the article on the ASECA website at will be needed.

Two copies of each submission must be received by Thursday, November 10, 2016.  E-mailed submissions will NOT be accepted.  Receipt of submissions will be acknowledges by e-mail after all submissions have been received.

Questions may be directed to Mitzi Moore, ASECA Executive Director at or 202-462-1211.


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 Janurary 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.


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).  Additionall, 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

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

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