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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.

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Thirteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

Topic:  Any topic in the field of employee benefits law

Deadline:  June 1, 2017

34th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

Topic:  Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law).

Deadline:  June 5, 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

2017 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition

Topic:  Submissions must address a legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community

Deadline:  July 1, 2017

The 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize

Topic:  Topic of your choice addressing the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

Deadline:  July 1, 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

2017 New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and The Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  Any topic on Animal Law

Deadline:  July 14, 2017

8th International Jacques Leroy Prize

Topic:  A written paper (15,000 - 20,000) characters in the form of a trial argument, dissertation, study or commentary on a practical case, based on a solid legal line of reasoning.

Due Date:  July 31, 2017

2017 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition

Topic:  The submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

Deadline:  September 8, 2017