Monday, February 27, 2017

July 1, 2017 -- deadline for 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize competition (open to judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars) $5,000 prize and publication

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States
Submission deadline: Postmarked no later than July 1
Winner Announced:
 August 31
Presentation: October 21, 2017 during our Celebration of Excellence, which is held annually at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.
More information:  here

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, April 28 deadline - Legal Ethics -- $2,500 first place

Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Competition -- entries must be submitted by April 28, 2017.  Any topic in legal ethics, up to 50 pages.  Law students may co-author.  One prize, $2,500.

More information:  here

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 28 deadline - Criminal Law --

The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country.

♦ $1500 cash prize
♦ The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
♦ One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

♦ $500 cash prize (three honorable mentions)
♦ Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
♦ One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words (including citations) and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book:  A Uniform System of Citation.  Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.

Submit in Word format and send by e-mail attachment to each of the following Criminal Law Journal co-editors:

Anne Perry (;
Lani Biafore (
More information is here:  link

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

April 17, 2017 deadline - Legal History $500 up to $1,000 travel to AALL

The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen's scholarly work was in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required.

The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses associated with attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting.The winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to publish their essays in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.

For more information, click:  here


Monday, February 13, 2017

June 12, 2017 deadline - Food and Drug Law Institute

Thomas Austern Writing Competition -- June 12, 2017 deadline

Students currently enrolled in a JD Program at any of the nation’s ABA-accredited law schools or a 2016-2017 academic year graduate are eligible to participate. A committee comprised of FDLI members who are practicing attorneys and law professors will judge the papers. Top papers will receive a monetary prize, FDLI membership, and will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Last year's winning topics

 First Place: “Superfoods” or “Frankenfoods”? The Biotechnology Debate, Ayah Sultan, Harvard Law School
 Conflicting Disclosure Obligations under the Federal Securities and Drug Regulatory Regimes, Joe Milner, Harvard Law School Killing U.S. Slowly: Curing the Epidemic Rise of Cancer Drug Prices, Emily White, Boston University School of Law

Honorable Mention: The Influence of OIRA Review on FDA Regulatory Acts, Colleen Campbell, Harvard Law School