Saturday, October 6, 2012

Center for Human Rights at Trinity Law School - March 25, 2013 deadline, cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place submissions

The Center for Human Rights at Trinity Law School is holding its 2nd Annual Writing Competition. Papers must address the topic of "The Evolving Tension between Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Religion, and Hate Speech and Blasphemy Laws."  Authors are invited to address this growing tension in a manner that best expresses the depth and scope of this continually evolving issue.

Submissions must be original, unpublished academic works by one author. Authors may only submit one paper. Multiple submissions will result in disqualification.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place papers, as well as expedited consideration in a future volume of the Trinity Law Review.
Submissions are due on or before March 25, 2013.  No papers will be accepted after that date.
Winners will be announced by April 30, 2013, via e-mail.
For more detailed information and requirements, please visit
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Eisenberg Prize, $2,000 for appellate practice article


For best article on appellate practice and procedure that was published in a law review or similar publication between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 as determined by The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a professional organization of selected lawyers who specialize in appellate practice, sponsors an award named for the late Howard B. Eisenberg, Dean of the Marquette University Law School and an early member of the AAAL. The purpose of the award is to recognize encourage publication of high-quality articles in the field of appellate practice and procedure.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Criminal Law Essay, open to undergraduates - deadline March 31, 2012

Criminal Legal Writing Competition
Hebets & McCallin, a premier criminal defense firm located in Denver, Colorado is hosting this competition. Our firm is hosting this competition to encourage undergraduate students to think about careers in criminal law. Entrants are asked to submit an essay on a topic related to criminal law. Winners will receive a cash prize, and recognition that can help their future resume. Below is a list of exact terms and conditions of the contest
Official Contest Rules
1) No purchase necessary. Contestants may enter the Contest by submitting an original essay on the criminal law topic of Contestant’s choice. As part of Contestant’s entry the Contestant must provide his or her first and last name, date of birth, mailing address, and email address.

2) Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to enter. There is no limit on the number of entries each Contestant may submit. Each entry must have a title and must follow the following rules: The essay must be submitted as an attachment to an email and saved in Microsoft Word format. The essay must be emailed to with the essay attached. Each essay must include entrant’s full name in the upper right-hand corner of each page.

All essays must be received no later than March 31st, 2012, to be eligible for the contest.

3) Essays must be original and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, an infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. By submitting an essay, each Contestant acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules.

Hebets & McCallin reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion. Essays will be judged by a judging panel. The decisions of the judges will be final.

4) One Contestant will win $150 for the first-prize winning essay, and another Contestant will win $50 for the second-prize winning essay. Additionally there will be 5 Contestants that will receive honorable mentions, but not cash prizes. Any entry, whether winning or not, may be published by Hebets & McCallin.

5) The likelihood of winning will depend upon the quality of all other entries as judged by the judging panel. Prizes are nontransferable. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

6) All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of Hebets & McCallin, which may use, edit and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online (e.g., on without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. Hebets & McCallin reserve the right to use prize winners’ names in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners.

7) Winners will be selected during the month of April, 2012, and will be notified by email. Winners will also be posted online at For the names of winners, send a separate, stamped self-addressed envelope by the end of June, 2012, to: Hebets & McCallin, 1777 S. Harrison St., Ste. 310, Denver, CO 80210. Requests received after June 30th, 2012, will not be answered.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

National Law Review - two contests, two deadlines (February 21) (March 19)

NLR 2012 Law Student Writing Competition
Rules and Submission Guidelines

The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

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. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.

  • 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 (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).

In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, maydistribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)

Content Guidelines and Deadlines

Content Guidelines must be followed by all entrants to qualify. It is recommended that articles address the following monthly topic areas:

  • March Topic Feature: Environmental and Energy, Insurance and Intellectual Property Law
  • March Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
  • April Topic Feature: Tax, Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Healthcare Law
  • April Submission Deadline: Monday, March 19, 2012

Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted. Entries must be submitted via email to by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on the dates indicated above.

Articles will be judged by NLR staff members on the basis of readability, clarity, organization, and timeliness. Tone should be authoritative, but not overly formal. Ideally, articles should be straightforward and practical, containinguseful information of interest to legal and business professionals. Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries merit selection for publication by NLR. All judges’ decisions are final. All submissions are subject to the NLR’s Terms of Use.

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