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2015–2016 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, 212 Hutchins Hall, contact Trudy Feldkamp.


Seventh Annual religious liberty student writing competition

To promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies.  Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.  Sponsored by the Washington, D.C. mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the Internationsl Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
TOPIC:  Scholarly paper relating to the topic of domestic or international religious liberty, broadly or narrowly construed, consisting of 9,000-13,000 words, including footnotes.     
AWARDS: First Place $4,000 cash award; Second Place $3,000 cash award; Third Place $2,000 cash award; Honorable Mention four $1,000 cash awards. Awards will be presented at the Religious Liberty Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 6, 2016 
Submission Guidelines: All papers must be submitted by email to in pdf and/or docx formats.  A current resume should also be included.  You will receive email confirmation of your submittions.  Questions regarding submission may be directed to  Papers are to be 9,000-13,000 words, including footnotes. Eligible papers must be typed, thoroughly cited and presented in a format suitable for publication, with no additional editing required.  Papers must conform to Bluebook requirements and may include footnotes.  Papers prepared for academic coursework are permitted.
DEADLINES: July 1, 2016

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
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