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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.

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

2017 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize

Topic: Scope and Themes:  The co-sponsoring organizations seek student scholarship exploring reproductive rights and justice issues in the United States.  We encourage writing that amplifies lesser-heard voices, suggests innovative solutions, and takes into account the realties and the lived experiences about reproductive rights and justice (RR/RJ) and to analyze issues using an intersectional lens - considering the impact of demographic and institutional factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status.

Deadline:  February 27, 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

The Richmond Law Journal of Law and Technology 2017 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition with the Rick Klau Prize

Topic:  Write about a topic at the intersection of law and technology

Deadline:  March 31, 2017

American Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Group Law Student Writing Competition

Topic: We are seeking original law student writing on any topic associated with class action jurisdiction on the state or federal level.  Papers may focus on legal analysis, policy, normative considerations, procedural concerns, or any other subject associated with the law of class actions.

Deadline:  April 30, 2017

The Sovereignty Symposium XXX Awards Cash for Scholarly Writrings:

Topic:  Invite papers on any issue concerning Native American law.

:  May 1, 2017

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

Topic:  The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

Deadline:  May 1, 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

Ed Edmondson Scholarship

Topic: Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application.  There is no formal application form.

Deadline: May 31, 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