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1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 2000
Mailing Address:
2801 W. Bancroft, MS 507
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


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 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition
Topic: How should a new attorney respond if a supervisor instructs the new attorney to engage in non-criminal conduct that the new attorney believes would violate the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct?
Award: First prize is $1,000. Second prize is $500.
Deadline: February 12, 2016


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.



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



Last Updated: 2/11/16