2012–2013 Writing Competitions
Arranged chronologically by entry deadline. Additional information about these competitions and awards may be found in a binder located in the Registrar's Office, 300HH.
Call for Submissions—Tory Fellowships for Legal Writing
TOPIC: To encourage law students and recent law graduates to publish their legal writing, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review awards Tory Fellowships each summer. Tory Fellowships are awarded to law students and recent graduates who have written promising legal papers.
The Law Review will award up to four Tory Fellowships of $500 each this summer. A portion of the award is distributed upon award acceptance, and the remainder is distributed when the author resubmits his or her paper to the Law Review after making revisions proposed by the Senior Board.
DEADLINE: Friday, May 31, 2013
For more information go to: http://utflr.law.utoronto.ca/
TOPIC: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
AWARD: Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award $1,500
Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500
Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on November 9, 2013 in New Orleans.
DEADLINE: Papers must be submitted and received no later than Midnight Central Time on June 1, 2013.
For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Peter Kelly at email@example.com or consult our website at www.acebc.com.
The University of Connecticut School of Law has established a Student Legal Writing Competition to encourage and reward original student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.
TOPIC: Entrants should submit a paper on a legal issue affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.
1st place: $750
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
DEADLINE: June 3, 2013, All students intending to enter the competition must register by April 15, 2013.
For more information go to: http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9768
TOPIC: “Comparing Hearsay Rules in Different Courts.” Essays determined not to meet this qualification will be not evaluated.
1st prize: $3,000
2nd prize: $1,500
3rd prize $1,000
First, second, and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with an award certificate. The winning essay may be published in AJA’s journal, Court Review.
DEADLINE: June 1, 2013 - Entries must be e-mailed or postmarded no later than this date.
For more information see: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us
TOPIC: This year there is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.
AWARD: This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000
DEADLINE: June 7, 2013
For more information go to: www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award.
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) is seeking submissions from law students for its 2013 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition. TOPIC: May address any topic of interest so long as it reasonably relates to Asian Pacific Americans and the law.
AWARDS: $1500 and will be published in the UCLA School of Law's Asian pacific American Law Journal.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2013. The winner of the 2013 Competition will receive a monetary award of $1,500 and the winning entry will be published in the UCLA School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
For an application and additional rules, please visit: http://www.aefdc.org/
TOPIC: Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2013
For more information go to: www.aipla.org/resources
TOPIC: Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).
$5000 for the winning paper
$2500 first runner-up
$1500 second runner-up
DEADLINE: July 1, 2013 9:00 p.m. EST
For more information go to: http://www.tannenwald.org/rules/
TOPIC: Any topic on animal law
1st place: $1000
2nd place: $500
DEADLINE: July 1, 2013
For additional information go to:
Designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court.
TOPIC: The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.
AWARDS: $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. DEADLINE: July 15, 2013
For additional information go to: www.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize
or contact Cindy Dennis at (571) 319-4703
Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Advocates for Life Legal Writing Contest, administered by Americans United for Life.
Eligibility: This contest is open to law students at ABA-accredited law schools who graduate in the spring of 2013 or later.
TOPIC: Entries must be responsive to the prompt, which can be found on: http://www.aul.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Legal-Writing-Contest-Rules-2.pdf
1st place: $1000, and the winning entry will be published in Human Life Review.
2nd place: $750
3rd place: $500.
In addition, the first, second, and third-place authors will all be recognized at the
Advocates for Life reception in January 2014.
DEADLINE: September 20, 2013
TOPICS: 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.
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500
DEADLINE: September 20, 2013
ELIGIBILITY: all students who attend a law school in the United States
For more information go to: http://law.missouri.edu/financialaid/2013/04/12/2013-james-e-beckley-securities-arbitration-and-law-competition/
TOPIC: The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law.
First place: $5,000
Second place: $3,000
Third place: $2,000
Students enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States, with expected graduation in 2014 or later. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2013, and papers scheduled for publication in 2013 or 2014 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2013
For more information go to: http://www.secalumni.org/content.asp?contentid=4
TOPIC: You are invited to write an essay of not more than 10,000 words relating to the above topic.
The winning entry will be
• About the Prize: The purpose of the annual prize is to stimulate interest in the relationship between women and the law.
DEADLINE: 30th November 2013
Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Fund,
School of Law,
The University of Leicester,
Leicester LE1 7RH,
Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 2363