Pacific Legal Foundation's Law Student Writing Competition
The competition awards up to $9,000.00 in three cash prizes for essays on the following topics: the reach of Congress’s commerce power with reference to the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial “waters of the United States” rule; judicial deference to government agency rules; the impact of occupational licensing on professionals’ freedom of speech; and the Williamson County doctrine, which creates procedural obstacles to property owners seeking just compensation for government takings.
Click here for essay questions and detailed information about the eligibility rules and contest requirements. Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Friday, January 13, 2017.
Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law
The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. First place will receive a $1,500 cash prize, second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Click here for detailed information about the eligibility rules and contest requirements. Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law, honoring the late Judge Cudahy's contribution to the field. The competition is open to practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students. The judging committee will include judges, leading academics, and practitioners in the field of administrative law. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. Each winning author will receive a cash prize of $1,500, as well as special recognition at the 2017 ACS National Convention. Click here to review requirements and submit applications by 8:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy's National Student Writing Competition bears Constance Baker Motley's name in honor of her legacy as a civil rights leader, elected official, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the 2017 ACS National Convention. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Click here to review requirements and submit applications by 8:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
This year, the Writing Prize invites submissions on all reproductive rights and justice topics. The suggested theme is: Balancing Burdens and Benefits after Whole Woman's Health v. Hellertstedt.
Please refer to the attached Call for Submissions for guidance on this theme, as well as additional requirements. Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.
All winning authors will also receive copies of Melissa Murray's and Kristin Luker's Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. Click here
to submit applications by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017.
LSAC Writing Competition
for decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, student living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession. Click here for a detailed description on the writing competition. Deadline to submit papers is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31, 2017.
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