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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.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (ACCFSL) 2017 Writing Competition

Topic:  Eligible entries will address a topc on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.  Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Deadline:  December 1, 2016

National Essay Contest:  Center for Alcohol Policy

Topic:  The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states.  Though each state's alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol.  Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways?  Should they be?

Deadline:  December 2, 2016

2017 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration

Topic:  Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

Deadline:  January 2, 2017

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

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