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2017–2018 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, Hutchins Hall 316. 

Contact: Trudy Feldkamp, 316 Hutchins Hall.

Second Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Europe (CElse)

CELSA will consider papers across all areas of law.  Empirical analysis is is understood to encompass any systematic approach to quantitative data analysis, including statitical analysis, machine learning, experiments, text-mining, agent-based modelling and network analysis.  

Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm (CET).

Submit your paper directly to the CELSA 2018 SSRN submission module here.


The Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting (JLFA) is pleased to announce its seventh conference, to be held at the University of Padova (Italy) on Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th, 2018. The conference is co-organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management (University of Bolzano) and the Department of Economics and Management (University of Padova) as part of the Accounting Summer Camp.  

JLFA is an interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU School of Law. It seeks to publish top-quality empirical, theoretical, and policy-oriented scholarship at the intersection of law, finance and accounting.

Students are invited to submit original, unpublished papers for presentation at the conference. Accepted papers will be eligible for expedited review and consideration for publication in JLFA. In choosing papers for presentation at the conference, we will give priority to papers which the authors wish to submit to JLFA for consideration for publication. Publication is at the editors' discretion.

The deadline for submission is Monday, March 5th, 2018. Please submit papers through SSRN at

Additional information can be found in the Law School's Office of Student Life, room 316 Hutchins Hall.


The Conference will be on June 15-16, 2018, at Bucerius Law School.  The aim of the meeting is to bring together economists and lawyers to discuss the problems of courts' functionin gnad the litigation process.  The organizing committee encourages submissions of togh throretical and empirical works, especially in these topics: Judicial Institutions and the economy; Judicial Performance; Courts' Organization; Judicial Decision-Making; Litigation Process; Comparative Judicial Systems.

A selection of presented papers will be published in the European Journal of Law and Economics.  

For paper submissions, due March 15, 2018, contact Alexander J. Wulf (


BTLJ is now accepting submissions from graduate-level law students on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and news media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cyber crime.

DEADLINE:  Submissions must be received by 5pm PST on March 28, 2018

PRIZES:  1st prize: $1,000 & Publication in the Fall 2018 Issue of BTLJ (to be eligible for publication, the winning article must meet the Journal's publication standards); 2nd prize: $500; 3rd prize: Aldo J. Test Award for Best Berkeley Law Submission, $250.

RULES:  The competition is open to all currently enrolled raduate-level law students, including J.D., L.L.M., and J.S.D candidates.  Each student may submit only one entry.  Submitted papers must be unpublished.  Papers must be no more than 50 pages long, including footnotes.  Do NOT use endnotes.  Margins should be 1", minimum.  Body text must be double-spaced.  Font must be Times New Roman or a similar serif font, and 12 point.  Footnotes may be 10 point and single-spaced, but there should be a space between notes. Citations must conform to the 20th Ed. of The Bluebook.  Submissions are judged anonymously, so the author's name should not appear anywhere on the paper.

To submit electronically, please send the competed cover sheet and a copy of your paper to  Submissions MUST include a signed cover sheet that may be downloaded from the Journal website. (There is also a copy in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall.)  Please submit your paper as a Microsoft Word 1997-2004 compatible document (.doc format).

Winners will be notified and final results will appear on the Journal's website ( in late spring. Due to the large number of entries, the Journal cannot contact other entrants. 

Questions may be sent to


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is greater, at the time of entry. Entrants must be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States. Employees of The American Kennel Club, Inc. and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee (whether or not related) are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

For information about TOPICS, HOW TO ENTER, RULES, FORMATTING, JUDGING CRITERIA and other information, please go to or see documents on file in the Office of Student Life. 

PRIZES:  First place, $2,500; second place, $500.

DEADLINE:  6:00 p.m. ET on March 30, 2018.


Notre Dame Law School sponsors this annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics.  The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools.  Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.  Entries must be original, unpublished work; must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double space, standard font.  Coauthored essays may be submitted.  Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.  Please include a cover letter with contac information and name of current law school.  

DEADLINE:  5:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018.  All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition / Notre Dame Law School / P.O. Box 780 / Notre Dame, IN 46556 / email:

A PRIZE of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Questions and other inquiries should be directed to the Notre Dame Law School at (574) 631-6749.


Public Citizen in pleased to announce the 2018 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition.  This year's topic is "Nondisclosure Agreements." 

The prize for best student essay is $5,000.

Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2018 to Amanda Fleming at  For more information, including specific issues essays may cover, please visit


The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is pleased to announce the Fourteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize.

Subject:  Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

Eligibility:  Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2017 and August 15, 2018.

DEADLINE June 1, 2018

PRIZES:  Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award, $1,500 and Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award, $1,500

Please visit the website for additional information and complete writing prize rules, or in the Law School Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall.


The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fifth annual Brown Award.  The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law School.  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.  

PRIZES:  First Place, $10,000; Second Place, $5,000; Third Place, $3,000; Finalist (2), $1,000; and, $5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

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 June 1, 2018.  The submission 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 consisteing 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 2018 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by November 2, 2018, and listed with the other finalists at the website


This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2017. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. 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 novel issues, innovative ideas, or fresh perspectives on the following areas affecting labor and employment in the U.S. and/or abroad that would be noteworthy to the U.S.: 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 employment 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 is novel and focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court's decision.

PRIZES: First Place: $3,000; Second Place: $1,000, and Third Place: $500.  The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the annual Continuing Legal Education 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. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing.

Rules and judging criteria can be found on the College website or in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall.

DEADLINE: Articles must be submitted via email by midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2018.  Please see the website for submission guidelines.

2018 GREENHALGH WRITING COMPETITION American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice ("Section") of the American Bar Association ("ABA"), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the "Sponsor").  The goals of the Competition are to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field and to encourage scholarship in this field. Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to students who, on the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions.  Membership in the Section is not a requirement. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and legal permanent residents or citizens of the United States.  Employees, officers, directors of the ABA and members of their immediate families are not eligible.

TOPIC: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." This provision is a powerful protector of privacy rights for individuals. Despite this, the one-sentence amendment is vague, and what constitutes reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation.

With technological innovations comes the potential for law enforcement to develop new tools to investigate and prosecute crimes. Today, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and courts are challenged by the constitutional implications of emerging technologies that were not contemplated in the 18th century when the Fourth Amendment was drafted.

One such tool is the "cell-site simulator," also known as the "IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) catcher," "stingray," "triggerfish," or "swamp box." The device operates by mimicking the signal of a cell phone tower to mobile phones in a given neighborhood. The phones respond, providing their ID numbers. Once a phone is connected to the simulator, the operator can pinpoint its location with an error margin of only a few feet. This process can transpire without the knowledge of the phone user or the third-party network carrier.

Contestants should address the questions on file in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall. Also on file is the formatting requirements, judging criteria, prize information, submission requirements, and other pertinent information. 

DEADLINE: All entries must be received no later than July 1, 2018, 11:59 p. CST.  Faxed entries will not be accepted.


Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full or part-time law school students. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules.

DEADLINE:  9:00 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2018

Mail and e-mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, STE. 700, Washington, DC 20001, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski (

CASH PRIZES: $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 for the top three papers.

For more information, visit the website or contact Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 (