Conferences, Outside Scholarships & Essay Writing Competitions
This page contains information about outside scholarships, writing competitions, and other opportunities for law students to publish.
Farzad Family Law Scholarship
Farzad Family Law, APC is offering an annual scholarship to all law and pre-law students. This scholarship is merit based and the winning applicant will receive $3,000 dollars towards their costs of education. The 2014 essay topic is as follows: Should the right to marry for same sex couples become a federal constitutional right by amendment to the United States Constitution or remain a State issue? Responses should be between 2,500 to 4,500 words, although the length is not strictly enforced.
For scholarship application requirements please visit http://farzadlaw.com/farzad-family-law-scholarship/
Deadline: December 15, 2014
Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.
This award will be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000.00 & will be paid at the beginning of the fall semester (2015).
For scholarship application requirements please visit http://thepearcelawfirm.com/empowering-scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Richmond Journal of Law & Technology 2014 Student Law & Technology Writing Competition
The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. From now until midnight EST on Friday, October 3, 2014, all law students across the country will be eligible to compete in the writing competition for cash prizes and a chance to be published in a future issue of the Journal. The entries must focus on topics at the intersection of technology and the law. The first place prize is $1,500 and the second place prize is $700. Additionally, one student from the University of Richmond will be awarded the Rick Klau prize of $300.
In order to properly submit an entry, each student must follow the submission guidelines. Any entries that do not comply with the submission guidelines will not be considered. Please e-mail all completed entries along with an entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line by midnight EST on Friday, October 3, 2014. Both the submission guidelines and the entry form can be found on JOLT’s website.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://jolt.richmond.edu/
Deadline: October 3, 2014
Securities Law Writing Competition 2014
ASECA’s annual writing competition awards prizes for outstanding papers in the ﬁeld of securities law. Papers may address any subject in the ﬁeld of securities law. Undergraduate and graduate law students enrolled at accredited law schools in the U.S. for the fall semester of 2014 are eligible to participate. Three prizes will be awarded at ASECA's annual dinner on Friday, February 20, 2015 in Washington, DC: $5,000 for ﬁrst place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for third place. Award winners will be invited to the dinner, which is attended by SEC Commissioners and many SEC senior staff members. The ﬁrst place winner will be reimbursed up to $1,000 in travel and lodging expenses.
Papers need not have been previously published to be considered, but they must be of publishable quality. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.
Two copies of each submission should be sent to: ASECA, P. O. Box 5767, Washington, DC 20016, and must be received by ASECA no later than November 15, 2014. Papers will be screened by a panel of judges consisting of securities practitioners and law professors. The best papers will be submitted to the Board of Directors of ASECA, which will choose the award winners.
For any questions regarding the competition please contact ASECA's Executive Director, Mitzi Moore, at email@example.com or 202-462-1211.
Deadline: November 15, 2014
The CAP Essay Contest
The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States. The topic for this year’s contest is: “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?” The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of November 2014. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/
Deadline: November 17, 2014
Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition
The International Section of the New York State Bar Association, with the support of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, is pleased to announce the annual Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition. Law Students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are cordially invited to submit to the International Section an article concerning any area of public or private international law or practice. Faculty members of any college or university are ineligible to participate. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of attorneys practicing international law, and a winner will be chosen based on a variety of factors, including significance and timeliness of the subject matter, thoroughness of research and analysis, and clarity of writing style.
The winner will receive: 1) $2,000; and 2) Publication of the article (subject to editorial approval), the New York International Law Review.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.nysba.org/Sections/International/Section_Awards/Pergam_Writing_Competition_brochure.html
Deadline: November 21, 2014
ACCFSL Annual Writing Competition
The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for (a) the best book (b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review (c) the best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. The awards include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
In 2015, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions.
Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250
Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident -- $250
All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://med.fsu.edu/userFiles/file/2015%20Student%20Writing%20Competition.pdf
Deadline: January 2, 2015
The Richmond Law JOLT Student Law and Technology Writing Competition
The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology. The Student Law and Technology Writing Competition includes three separate awards offered to law students who have submitted exemplary papers. The first place article will receive $1,500 and the second place article will receive $700. In addition, one law student from The University of Richmond School of Law will receive the Rick Klau Prize of $300.
The submissions must focus on topics at the intersection of technology and the. Each submission must include the completed entry form and must conform to the submission guidelines.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://jolt.richmond.edu/index.php/2014studentlawandtechnologywriting-competition/
Deadline: January 11, 2015
Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Thomas Jefferson School of law is pleased to announce the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, the Crane Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. The competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.tjsl.edu/cranewritingcompetition
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Pacific Legal Foundation—Law Student Writing Competition
Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness promotes the publication of works of legal academic scholarship that advance an understanding of key constitutional issues before the nation's courts. Essays submitted to the writing competition address one of three questions on areas of the law within PLF's mission, incorporating pertinent case law and applicable academic literature. Submissions must be original works of publishable quality written by a student currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States. All submissions must comply with the Harvard Law Review Association’s Bluebook Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.). There is no page limit for entries, although, as an informal guide, a word count of between 8,000 to 14,000 words is suggested.
The Law Student Writing Competition awards up to $6,000 in three cash prizes for publishable essays by students currently enrolled in law school in the United States. In addition to the grand prize, the top winner will be presented with an award at the annual PLF gala event. And competition winners will work with our staff to have their winning entries published in a law review.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.pacificlegal.org/pja/writingcomp
Deadline: January 16, 2015
2014-2015 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation. The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component.
ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.eli.org/program_areas/writing_competition_index.cfm
Deadline: April 6, 2015
National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition
The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site. No entry fee is required and applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month. The winning submissions will be published according to specified dates. Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be featured on the NLR homepage for a month. Up to 5 runner-up entries will also be posted in the NLR searchable database each month. Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure. All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition
CALL FOR PAPERS
Hibernian Law Journal – Call for Submissions
The Hibernian Law Journal, one of Ireland's leading legal journals, has a multidisciplinary focus, facilitating detailed argument and discussion on a wide range of topics such as e-commerce, environmental law, the European Convention on Human Rights, intellectual property, public private partnerships, criminal law, family law and financial services law. All legal topics of domestic, European and international law are considered. A link to the Irish legal system is preferred but articles of more general interest will also be considered.
Guidelines of submissions:
• Article length should be between approximately 5,000 and 15,000 words.
• The article must not have been published elsewhere.
• Articles may be on any legal topic of interest to the author.
• Articles are due by 31 October 2014, though exceptions may be made in individual circumstances.
• Submissions should be emailed in soft copy word format to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 October 2014.
Deadline: October 31, 2014
International Technical Sciences Journal- Call for Papers
The “International Technical Sciences Journal” (ITSJ) is a peer reviewed journal, which accepts high quality research articles. The journal is issued annually (each February). ITSJ is available to all researchers who are interested in publishing their scientific achievements. ITSJ is available to all researchers who are interested in publishing their scientific achievements in the field of technical sciences. We welcome submissions focusing on theories, methods and applications in both articles and book reviews. Regular publications of the ITSJ are uploaded on our website. Moreover, the European Scientific Institute, ESI the publisher of the ITSJ, mails printed copies of the journal to the authors of the papers.
Learn more by visiting http://www.itsj.org/
National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference
The 16th annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference will be held on Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18, 2014 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, just outside Baltimore, MD. The impressive lineup of speakers and workshop facilitators includes keynote speaker Nancy Schiffer, Member of the National Labor Relations Board. The conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will: gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers; supplement their labor and workers' rights courses; and network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.
Learn more by visiting https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/workers-rights-conference
Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014