Conferences, Outside Scholarships & Essay Writing Competitions
This page contains information about outside scholarships, writing competitions, and other opportunities for law students to publish.
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.
For scholarship application requirements please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/diversity_pipeline/projects_initiatives/legal_opportunity_scholarship.html
Deadline: March 2, 2015
National Association of Women Lawyers - 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
The National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") is a national organization devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women lawyers and women's legal rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession.
NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.
The rules for the competition are as follows: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. The most recent winning paper was The Decriminalization of Rape on America's College Campuses: How Federal Sex Discrimination Policy has Diminished the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Sexual Violence written by Danielle Elizabeth DeBold, who was a 3L at New York University School of Law. View the paper here.
Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-15 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal.
For scholarship application requirements please visit http://www.nawl.org/p/bl/et/blogid=10&blogaid=180
Deadline: May 1, 2015
2015 Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law
Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm located in Orlando, Florida is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled Law Student. Scholarship is offered for the Fall 2015 Academic Semester. Applicants must submit an essay on “How do you see social media affecting the practice of law?” to enter the selection.
- This scholarship will only be awarded to one incoming 1L or a currently enrolled Law Student
- Hold a 3.0 or higher overall GPA
- Must be a legal resident of the U.S.
For scholarship application requirements please visit https://www.mosesandrooth.com/2015-legal-scholarship/
Deadline: May 1, 2015
2015 Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship
The Honolulu law firm of Davis Levin Livingston has announced their second Public Interest Law Scholarship. The scholarship intends to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer. Davis Levin Livingston scholarship is to be used exclusively for law school tuition and related expenses. A check for $3,000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s law school to cover these expenses. Recipient is a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States. Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.
For scholarship application requirements please visit http://www.davislevin.com/scholarship/
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship for Second Year Law Students
The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce establishment of the Elizabeth B. Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to be awarded in May 2014 to a deserving second year law student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public service/public interest sector in the south Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee. The Foundation's mission is to promote the administration of justice, to educate the public about the importance of law in their daily lives, and to enhance the image of the legal profession in our community.
For scholarship application requirements please visit http://www.norfolkandportsmouthbar.org/ScholarshipLaw.html
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
The American Indian law Review (AILR) is pleased to announce its annual writing competition for 2014-2015. The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Friday, January 30, 2015. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete. The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution. The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook version of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis, and will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition-1
Deadline: January 30, 2015
The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory And Administrative Law
The American Constitution Society for Law & Policy and Judge Cudahy’s clerks and staff are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Richard D. Cudahy Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer and law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the Summer 2015 ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. For example, ACS’s two journals, the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) and Advance, will consider publication of appropriate pieces that meet their word limit guidelines (under 10,000 words for HLPR and under 5,000 words for Advance).
Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or of deregulation, doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development, and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit https://www.acslaw.org/node/5378
Deadline: February 6, 2015
Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution National Writing Competition
The University of Missouri Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is pleased to announce a student writing competition that is being organized in conjunction with the Missouri Law Review annual symposium, entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.” The symposium, which will feature speakers and works-in-progress participants from around the country, addresses recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as similar developments from around the nation. The writing competition features a $700 prize for the competition winner, a $100 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner. Prizes are sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/symposium/lawreview2015/writing.html
Deadline: February 13, 2015
Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2015 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000. 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
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.acslaw.org/sites/default/files/2015%20ACS%20Writing%20Competition%20Overview.pdf
Deadline: February 13, 2015
Animal Law Writing Contest
The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law. The Grand Prize winner receives a $2500 cash prize plus round-trip airfare, one night accommodation and ground transportation to the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in July 2015. Participants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school located in the United States. Entrants may participate in the writing of only one entry per contest. The names of entrants will be held in confidence until judging of articles has been completed.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Pages/Animal-Law-School-Contest.aspx
Deadline: February 15, 2015
2015 Interleges Award Essay Contest
Now in its tenth successive year, the Interleges network is proud to announce the Interleges Award 2015.
Topic – Transnational Adjudication of Human Rights Violations: National Tribunals as An Alternative To International Courts
The winning essay will be chosen by a panel of judges nominated by the Interleges Executive Committee. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges shall have the discretion not to give the award if the essays submitted are of insufficient quality or to make a joint award in the event that they are of the opinion that two or more of the essays submitted are of equal merit, The jury shall be entitled to conduct interviews with applicants either directly or through the Interleges member firm located nearest the applicant. In the event that the judges are divided with an equal number of votes in favour of and against giving the award, the Interleges President shall have a casting vote.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.andersonkill.com/webpdfext/InterlegesAward2015Maindoc.pdf
Deadline: March 20, 2015
Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition
The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations.
There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.easl.info/uploads/EASL_2014-2015_Louis_Tertocha_Fashion_Law_Writing_Competition.pdf
Deadline: March 23, 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
2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
The Tannenwald Writing Competition is sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel. Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules. Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Rules
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Annual Family Law Scholarship Essay Contest and Scholarship Program
This year marks Yanez & Associates first Annual Family Law Scholarship Essay Contest and Scholarship Program for Law Students. The essay contest will focus on Domestic Violence in America. The goal of the contest is to increase awareness of the growing issue of domestic violence. The prizes for the winning essays are as follows: First Place: $2,000.00; Second Place: $1,000.00. The essay must be based off one of the following five topics: Should parents found guilty of domestic violence have their parental rights terminated? 10 Best ways to protect yourself and your family from domestic violence. Can domestic violence abusers change their behavior? Are children who are victims of domestic violence doomed to repeat the cycle? What are some warning signs of a potential domestic violence abuser?
This law school scholarship program will consist of two annual scholarships. The Law Student Scholarship is open to students enrolled in any JD law program in the United States. Undergraduates and Pre-law Students intending to pursue a law program are also welcomed to submit their essays, provided they will be enrolled at the time the essays are judged.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.cafamilydivorcelawyer.com/scholarship/essay-contest/
Deadline: August 31, 2015
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.
The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for publication.
For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/writing%20competition.aspx
Deadline: May 15, 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
Publishing Arbitrating for Peace: Call for Submissions
The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) will turn 100 years in 2017. As part of the centennial celebration, the SCC is planning to issue a book titled Arbitrating for Peace, a publication devoted to international arbitration as a peaceful form of dispute resolution.
The purpose of the book is to focus on the geopolitical role played by international arbitration over the centuries, and how international arbitration has made a difference. It is meant to lead by example, and demonstrate how the dynamics of international law in general and international arbitration in particular, have contributed to peace and prosperity on both the regional and the global level.
The intention is that the articles should convey to the reader not only the legal basis of the case but also a sense of the atmosphere and specifics surrounding the case, including the geopolitical setting. In this way, Arbitrating for Peace will become not only a legal textbook, but also a description of international arbitration’s place in the history of relations between states. One chapter will be written by the winner of a competition, which is hereby announced.
Learn more by visiting http://www.sccinstitute.se/filearchive/4/47761/Arbitrating%20for%20Peace_Call%20for%20Papers_December%202014.pdf
Deadline: June 30, 2015
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/