Writing Competitions

Center for Alcohol Policy: National Essay Contest

  • Details
  • Subject: As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?
  • Deadline for entry is November 17, 2014.
    • First Place: $5,000
    • Second Place: $2,500
    • Third Place: $1,000

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2015 Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on the topic of consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.
  • Deadline for entry is December 1, 2014.
    • First Place: $2,500
    • Second Place: $2,000
    • Third Place: $1,000

The Expert Institute: Legal Blog Post Writing Contest

Grammy Foundation 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.
  • Deadline for entry is January 6, 2015.
    • First Place: $5,000
    • Four Second Place Winners: $1,500
    • All winners receive: One Grammy Awards Show Ticket and one MusiCares Person of the Year Ticket. 

Pacific Legal Foundation: Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Please see competition details above.
  • Deadline for entry is January 16, 2015.
    • First Place: $3,000
    • Second Place: $2,000
    • Third Place: $1,000

State Bar of California Criminal Law Section: 2014-15 Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper pertaining to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
  • Deadline for entry is February 28, 2015

Environmental Law Institute (ELI) 2014-15 Beveridge and Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper of the topic constitutional environmental law.
  • Deadline for entry is April 6, 2015.
    • Grand Prize: $2,000, publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

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