Writing Competitions

Public Citizen 2016 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on the topic of class actions and environmental law.
  • Deadline for entry is April 30, 2016.
    • Grand Prize: $5,000

The National Law Review: 2016 Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any article covering current issues such as: cyber-security, election 2016 coverage, constitutional issues, and employment issues. 
  • Deadline for entry is April 30, 2016

2016 Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Propose a new definition for partisan gerrymandering and pair that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
  • Deadline for entry is May 1, 2016.
    • 1st place: $5,000
    • 2nd place: $3,000
    • 3rd place: $2,000
    • All winners will be eligible for publication in Election Law Journal. Common Cause will cover travel expenses for up to two authors per paper to travel to a national redistricting reform symposium to present their papers.

The Public Law Section 2016 Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on a topic related to public law.
  • Deadline for entry is May 13, 2016.

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel: Twelfth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
  • Deadline for entry is June 2, 2016.
    • Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500
    • Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

American Inns of Court: Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing

  • Details
  • Subject: Any essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Deadline for entry is July 1, 2016.
    • Grand Prize: $5,000, publication in South Carolina Law Review, and the prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States.

NYU School of Law: The National Moot Court Problem Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any complete moot court problem as defined by the competition rules.
  • Deadline for entry is August 1, 2016.
    • First Place: $2,000
    • Second Place: $1,000
    • Third Place: $500

Ehline Law Firm American Military Veterans Legal Scholarship

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on why military vets can make a difference in improving the image of the practice of law.
  • Deadline for entry is October 1, 2016.
    • Grand Prize: $500 

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