There are several writing contests currently going on that you may want to participate in. Not only could you get a boon for your resume, you could get a boon for your wallet! In many instances, you can base the paper off one you wrote for a law seminar course!
1) 32nd Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition: Hosted by the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association, the competition accepts papers on the topics of planning, planning law, land use law, local government law, or environmental law. Submissions are due by June 5, 2015. The winner will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer and will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $400 and an Honorable Mention will receive $100. Here are the rules!
2) 2015 Morris Cohen Essay Competition: Hosted by the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the competition accepts essays on any topic related to legal history, rare books, or legal archives. The deadline for submission is March 16, 2015. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1,000 for costs to attend the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia (where they will have the opportunity to present the paper; the winning essay will also be submitted to Law Library Journal. See the rules for more information.
3) 2015 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition: Hosted by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, the competition accepts submissions discussing any topic relating to administrative law. Submissions are due by May 1, 2015. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize and round-trip airfare to and accomodations at the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, D.C.; the winning entry may also be selected for publication. See the rules for more information.
4) James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution: Hosted by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the submissions may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research. Submissions are due by June 12, 2015. The winner will receive a $1000 prize and the posting of the essay online. See the rules for more information.
5) 2015 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition: Open to students who are members of the ABA, students must answer the writing prompt found here. Entries are due by April 7, 2015. The winner will receive $2,000 and a plaque; the entry may also be selected for publication in Criminal Justice magazine. See the rules to learn more!
6) Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest (for second and third year students only): hosted by the ABA Section of Family Law, entries can address any aspect of family law. Entries are due by April 17, 2015. Monetary and potential publication prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place! See the rules for more information!
7) K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition: hosted by the ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law, entries must address a topic of related to industries that provide certain important services to the general public. Entries are due by June 1, 2015. The winning entry will receive $2,500 and airfare to and accommodations at the Section’s Fall Council Gropu Meeting; the winning essay will also be posted on the Section Website and be considered for publication in the Section’s Annual Report. See the rules for more information.
8) The Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundatino for Excellence in Tax Scholarship: open to all law students, it accepts papers on any federal or state tax-related topic. Entries are due by July 1, 2015. Cash prizes for the top three papers, ranging from $5,000 to $1,500. See the competition rules for more information.
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