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1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 2000
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Toledo, OH 43606


Writing Competitions

A list of current writing competitions is below.

Topics of past competitions are available here. Because the list of past writing competitions includes many annual competitions, the list is a helpful reference for types of competitions that may occur in the future.


Animal Law

Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship Writing Competition
Topic: Answer topics listed on scholarship website.
Award: Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients.
Deadline: April 1, 2016


Commercial or Investment Arbitration

Essay Contest: Nappert Prize in International Arbitration
Topic: Must relate to commercial or investment arbitration.
Award: First place: Can $4,000; Second place: Can. $2,000; Third place: Can $1,000.
Deadline: April 30, 2016


Dispute Resolution

University of Missouri & Marquette Law School Writing Competition
Topic: Relate to one or more problems with negotiation theory, broadly defined, and should suggest a solution to the problem(s).
Award: $500 first prize and $250 second prize.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Central Time, Monday, October 17, 2016


Employment & Labor LAW

College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2015-2016
Topic: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Award: First Place: $3,000, Second Place: $1,000, Third Place: $500.
Deadline: June 15, 2016 by Midnight EDT


Environmental LAW

ABA's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Writing Competition
Topic: Discussing any aspect of dispute resolution or dispute prevention practice, theory or research related to environmental, energy, or natural resource conflicts, including critiquing or analyzing the dispute resolution process used in a particular case. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases.
Award: First prize is $1,000, second prize is $750, and third prize is $500.  Winners’ essays will be publicized and published on our website and in our newsletter. 
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component.
Award: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2016 by 11:59 pm ET

2016 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Topic: As courts and legislators have made it more difficult to bring effective class actions, can class actions continue to advance environmental objectives and hold polluters accountable?
Award: $5,000 and complimentary 2016 Public Citizen membership.
Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2016 by 11:59 pm ET


Health Care

The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Topic: 1,000-2,000 words on how you feel your specialized knowledge and training could be applied to improving the practice of law, submitted electronically as a document attached to the form below.
Award: One scholarship totaling $1,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: Applications accepted throughout 2016.


International Trade Law/Customs

The 18th Annual Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Topic: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.
Award: First Place: $1,000, Second Place: $500.
Deadline: May 20, 2016



The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Topic: J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses.
Award: First place: cash prize $2000, blog publication, newsletter circulation, email announcement. Second place: blog publication. Third place: blog publication.
Deadline: December 31, 2016 by midnight


Women's Rights

National Association of Women Lawyers 2016 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Topic: An issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Award: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal.
Deadline: May 1, 2016



Last Updated: 5/13/16