Legal Ethics Forum is sponsoring a law student writing competition with prizes totaling $1,500. The competition is described at http://www.legalethicsforum.com/blog/2013/09/legal-ethics-blogging-competition-for-law-students.html. The competition is open to students enrolled at any law school in the world as of September 1, 2013. Submissions cannot be longer than 1,250 words and each submission must address a topic of interest related to legal ethics. Examples of eligible topics include (but are not limited to): 1) alternative law practice structures; how to comply with new ABA Model Rule 1.6(b)(c); and the identification of skills that competent lawyers must have today that were unnecessary twenty years ago. Each student can submit as many as three entries, though no student will be eligible to win more than one prize. Multiple submissions from the same author, however, may be eligible for publication on the blog. The winner of the competition will receive at least $500. The second place entry will receive at least $300, and the third place entry will receive at least $200. As many as five submissions will receive an honorable mention with a cash prize of at least $100. The total prize money available is approximately $1,500. All of the winning entries will be published on the blog. All submissions must be received by January 5, 2014 and should be sent to this email address firstname.lastname@example.org as attachments. Submissions should be in a commonly used word processing format, such as Word, that allows for automated word counts. Winners will be notified by February 28, 2014.Read More
Americans United for Life encourages law students to write a mock Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. The winning entry will be published in Human Life Review. The top three authors will receive cash prizes of $1000, $750 and $500. For more details, please see www.aul.org/writing contestRead More
The Public Justice Foundation is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice contest. This year’s topic is:
“Is Democracy for Sale? Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok? Legal challenges left to Super Pacs? Can funding disclosure be required?”
The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter. The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school. The intent to enter deadline is January 31, 2013, and the essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Click here for the intent to enter form, contest rules, and judging criteria.
If you have any questions about the essay contest, please feel free to contact Outreach Coordinator, Cassandra Goings, at email@example.com or at (202) 797-8600.Read More
The 2012 Write-On Competition for part-time students will begin Monday, 8/13/2012, at 8 AM. Instructions for the Write-On Competition and a hypothetical will be available for you to pick up at that time on TWEN. This competition is open only to those part-time students who completed their first-year program during this summer. You will have until Monday, 8/20/2012, at 8 AM to submit your response. Late submissions will not be graded or considered for a position on the Law Review.
To participate in the Write-On Competition, you will need to have extended your Westlaw password for the summer session in order to have TWEN access. To access the Write-On Competition course, you will need only to add a course to your TWEN page the same way in which you do for your regular classes. This course is currently activated on TWEN should you wish to join now, but the competition’s hypothetical and instructions will not appear until Monday at 8 AM. If you have not extended your Westlaw password for the summer, please email me at RyanDoringo@yahoo.com, and I can coordinate a way to email the instructions and the hypothetical to you on the day the Write-On Competition begins.
Please remember that the Write-On Competition is open only to those law students who have attained at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average and have completed at least the first-year program as defined by the administration of the School of Law.
Students wishing to join the Law Review who rank in the top fifteen (15) percent of their class after completing the first-year program will be automatically invited to join the Law Review. As such, those students ranking in the top fifteen percent of their class are not required to compete in the Write-On Competition in order to receive an invitation.
If you have any questions regarding the Write-On Competition, please email me at RyanDoringo@yahoo.com.
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June 1, 2012
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.
Entrants should submit a paper on a legal issue affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.
Papers will be accepted from any student enrolled for the 2011-12 academic year in an ABA-accredited law school in the United States or Canada. Papers must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a student may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. All students intending to enter the competition must register by April 16, 2012. The registration form is available via http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9768
Papers should be a minimum of 15 pages in length and shall not exceed 30 pages, including footnotes. They must be typed, double-spaced and with one-inch margins, on 8 ‘lz x 11 inch paper, in a 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. All citations and footnotes should conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and should be in a 12-point font.
Papers will be judged by a panel appointed by the University of Connecticut School of Law. Judges will evaluate papers based on the substance, clarity of the proposal or thesis, logical force, support of argument, and quality of research. Grammar, syntax, and form will also be taken into consideration.
Entries must be received by Spm on June 1, 2012. Entries must be submitted in two formats: (1) email an electronic version (in l’llicrosoft Word or PDF format) to Jennifer.Mailly@law.uconn.edu; and (2) mail, with a postmark dated by June 1, 2012, four copies of the paper to:
Student Legal Writing Competition
University of Connecticut School of Law
Attn: Prof. Jennifer Mailly
55 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 061 OS
Papers are judged anonymously, and no identifying information should appear on either the original or the copies of the paper. Entrants must submit a separate cover letter listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, name of law school, and year of graduation.
Up to three cash prizes may be awarded: $750 First Prize, $500 Second Prize, and $250 Third Prize. The contest organizers reserve the right not to award prizes if no papers meet quality standards. Winners will be notified by July 16, 2012. All decisions of the judges are final.Read More