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National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

The National Law Review 2016 Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to subject articles for publication consideration on the NLR web site. Each month's entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.  Suggested topics include:  Cyber-security issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices; Election 2016 Coverage; Tax issues; Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control; Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws; Minimum Wage, or Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination.  Articles covering current issues related to other areas of hte law may also be submitted.  Applicants can submit unlimited number of articles for consideration.

Due Date:  Entries for current month must be submitted via email to by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time by end of following month.

Grammy Foundation:  The 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Topic:  The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word essay proposing a solution to an issue currently facing the music industry.

Deadline:  January 4, 2017

Jameson Crane III Disability and The Law

Topics:  The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or 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.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

Topics:  Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law or Indigenous Peoples.  However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2016-2017 Washington State Bar Association Construction Law Section Legal Writing Competition

Topics: (1) What constitutes enforceable consequential damages in construction disputes and the influence of contract and statutory provisions regarding the same; (2) Enforcing or overcoming limitation of damages caluses in the construction contract; (3) The current state of case law and statutory law regarding statutes of limitation and statutes of repose applicable to construction claims; or (4) The influence and aftermath of King County v. Vinci, et al., 2015 Wash App LEXIS 2735, Nov. 9, 2015 on the Spearin Doctrine, U.S. v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132 in the State of Washington.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

2016 - 2017 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

Topic:  Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

Deadline: February 28, 2017

The 2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Topic:  This year's contest hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm's clients.

Deadline:  Postmark Deadline is March 3, 2017

International Association of Defense Counsel Presents the 2017 Legal Writing Contest (IADC)

Topic:  Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.

Deadline:  Friday, May 19, 2017

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2016-2017

Topic:  This competition is open to articles written while the author is a studetn at an accredited law school in the United States.  Entries should address aspects 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 hte 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.  Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.  Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law.  Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources.   We discourage students from writing articles about a recent Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court's decision.

Deadline:  June 15, 2017

The 2017 Tannewald Writing Competition

Topic: Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted.

Deadline:  9:00 p.m., July 5, 2017