Outside Scholarship and Essay Writing Competitions


Brown, PC
Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm's National Tax Law Scholarship, a $500 stipend that will be awarded to a second or third year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. The award will be paid directly to the student and can be used for any expenses related to legal education including, but not limited to, tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.
Candidates should submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in tax law to kristen.brown@brownpc.com. Cover letters should also include the following:
• Name
• Email Address
• Street, City, State, and Zip Code
• Phone Number
• University Name and City, State
• Student ID Number
• GPA (minimum 3.0)
• Expected Graduation Date
Candidates are encouraged to submit, along with their letter, any documents demonstrating their interest in tax law. Documents might include a transcript or class schedule showing tax law courses completed or currently enrolled in, a letter of recommendation from a tax law professor, or a letter from someone who supervised the applicant in a tax law-related job or internship.
The award will be announced on Friday, December 15, 2017.
Please feel free to direct questions to kristen.brown@brownpc.com.The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2017-2018

Deadline December 4, 2017

Sixth Annual Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship 

To recognize law students who actively promote ethnic diversity in their communities, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is offering one  one scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies determination to succeed in both their academic endeavors as well as their inclusion efforts.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and their names will be posted on our website, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. (https://www.BuckfireLaw.com).

Criteria to Apply

• Applicant is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates
a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their community.
• Applicant is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
• Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least one semester of classes
completed at an accredited law school.

To Apply for the Scholarship Submit the following materials by mail on or before the deadline:

• A completed scholarship application form, which can be found on our website at the following
link: https://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/scholarships.cfm#law

• A one-page, typed essay describing how you have utilized your time promoting ethnic diversity
within your community. Alternatively, you may write about how you will use your law degree to
promote ethnic diversity.

• A certified, official copy of law school transcript.

Mail all application materials to the following address:

The Annual Plaxen and Adler Scholarship

The Plaxen and Adler Scholarship Awards $2500 annually to a law student who has demonstrated an interest in civil  trial advocacy and a career as a civil trial lawyer, as well as the concept of a fair Civil Justice system, a just result for the injured, a desire to represent the injured and those whose rights are jeopardized. The scholarship is available to all law school students including those who are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in trial advocacy and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit http://www.plaxenadler.com/plaxen-adler-scholarship/#top.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Annual Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarships


Annual scholarships available: One $500 scholarship awarded to a student of some kind of legal college, university or program; AND one $500 scholarship awarded to a student of some kind of medical college, university or program.

The Idea: Jason Waechter loves both the medical profession and the legal profession. He believes the best of each field have something in common-they solve problems in creative and original ways. These scholarships embrace this.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria:

Open to any students of any kind of legal or medical college, university or program;
No minimum GPA requirement;
The primary criteria is creativity in the application;
Background of the applicant may be considered.

Application requirements:

Submit any creative entry about any of the following (300 word limit for essays):
How the Medical & Legal Community can work more easily together;
How to reduce medical mistakes;
For medical students only: What lawyers don't know about medicine, but should;
For law students only: What doctors don't know about law, but should; OR
Any other novel topic mixing law and medicine.

In this writing also include (which does not count toward your 150 words):

Name & contact information;
Your background of not more than 40 words (include school and how far you are along).

The key: Be as absolutely creative and attention-getting as possible. There are no constraints-list ideas, thoughts, a narrative, an essay, whatever. Have fun and be unique with it.

Submit any text electronically to clerk@lawyerforlife.com. Anything else that cannot be submitted electronically (or anything else [creative] you wish to send) can be mailed to:

Waechter Law, 19080 W. Ten Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075

Nutshell on how to apply:

Send an email with:
a. Name & contact information
b. Your background
c. Your written submittal

Application deadline: Applications accepted annually from January 1 through September 1. Winners selected and contacted by end of September.

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Wednesday,

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

Writing Competitions

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition Rules

AWARDS: The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international readership. The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook version of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis, and will be recognized in the American Indian Law Review.

DEADLINE: All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Any hardcopy entries must be postmarked by that date. Entries will be
acknowledged upon receipt. All entries become the property of the American Indian Law Review.

JUDGES: Papers will be judged by members of the legal profession with an interest in American Indian law and by the editors of the American Indian Law Review.

STANDARDS: Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.

FORM: Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 doublespaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.). The body of the email must contain the author's name, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself. All entries must have only one author. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced, unless the entrant has received a notification of release prior to that time. Any entries not fully in accord with required
form will be ineligible for consideration.

SUBMISSION: Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at mwaters@ou.edu by the competition deadline. Entries may be sent as Microsoft Word, PDF, or WordPerfect documents. Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable. If submitting hardcopies, mail them to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019.

Please send an email to mwaters@ou.edu on or before the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission.
CONTACT: E-mail Website: Tiffany.T.Guillot-1@ou.edu
Phone Numbers: (405)325-2840 and (405) 325-5191
Website: http://www.ailr.net/writecomp

Deadline: January 1, 2018

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2017-2018

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2017-2018 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2017. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. 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 novel issues, innovative ideas, or fresh perspectives on the following areas affecting labor and employment in the U.S. and/or abroad that would be noteworthy to the U.S.: a public policy issue; practical implications of a leading case or doctrine; a statute or the 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 is novel and focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court's decision.

Prizes are as follows: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the annual Continuing Legal Education program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the ubmissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing.

*Competition rules can also be found on the College website at www.laborandemplovmentcollege.org.

Deadline:  June 15, 2018

The 20th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The Recording Academy, in concert with some of the antion'a most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Iniative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today.  

Important Dates: Paper Submission Deadline: January 10, 2018 & ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation: January 26, 2018

Winner will receive:

$10,000 scholarship, two tickets and recognition onstage at the 20th Annual ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation, Two tickets to the MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Fleetwood Mac on January 26, 2018, Two tickets to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, Round-trip airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events

Runner-up will receive $2,500 scholarship.

For complete ELI Writing Competition rules, deadlines, event tickets, and more information, visit GRAMMY.com/entertainment-law-initiative or email eli@grammy.com.

Deadline:  January 10,2018

 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation is once again sponsoring an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition is named in honor of former IRS Commissioner (1973-1977) Don Alexander, who passed away in 2010. Mr. Alexander was a widely admired role model and advocate for writing skills and style in the area of tax law throughout his career. All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor (J.D.) or a master of laws (LL.M.) at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. First place prize is $2000, and second place is $1000. Both recipients will receive a trip to the FBA's Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter The Report, or in The Federal Lawyer.

Deadline: 2018 TBD

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition

In 2016, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based
in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the
outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in
response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This
writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.
Outstanding Paper by a Law Student-- $250
Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident--$250
2016 Contest Question
In recent years, Ebola and other infectious diseases, natural disasters, threatened acts of bioterrorism, the rise of obesity
and obesity-related ailments, the recreational use of tobacco and drugs, and other actual or potential developments have
threatened the health of the public in the United States and elsewhere. Successfully preparing for and effectively
addressing these and other public health dangers will require use of an array of tools involving expertise and experience
possessed and practiced by medical and legal professionals. Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health
care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to
jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also
respecting individual and institutional personal and property rights.
Applicant and Paper Criteria
1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or
D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit
are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration
after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
3. The submitted paper must be responsive to the 2016 Contest Question.
4. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.
1.The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words
. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
2.No abstract is required.
3.All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
4.All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including
footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one
inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
5.The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author's name, full contact information, and school or
residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest
affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
6.At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
7.If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.

1.All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center
for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate
3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria: responsiveness to the competition question, originality and
thoughtfulness, quality of analysis, quality of writing, citation of authority supporting arguments
Deadline and Submission

1.All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 4, 2016.
2. Papers must be submitted electronically to marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu.
3. Direct questions to:
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
, Florida State University Center for Innovative
Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
Phone: 850-645-9473
Web: http://med.fsu.edu/medlaw
Email: marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu
 4. Winners will be announced 

Deadline: TBD 2018

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. First place winner will be awarded $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review will consider the paper for publication; Two second place winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Please see http://www.tjsl.edu/cranewritingcompetition.

Deadline: 2018 TBD

Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition

The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner in Jackson Lewis LLP. The Jackson Lewis law firm has been engaged in the practice of employment, labor, and benefits law on behalf of management for over 50 years. Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition, entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. Please visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/institutes-centers/institute-for-law-and-the-workplace/louis-jackson-writing-competition.

Deadline: TBD 2018

The 2018 Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory And Administrative Law

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer and law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. For example, ACS's two journals, the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) and Advance, will consider publication of appropriate pieces that meet their word limit guidelines (under 10,000 words for HLPR and under 5,000 words for Advance).Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or of deregulation, doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development, and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.For essay requirements and competition rules please visit https://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition.

Deadline: February 4, 2018

"Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition

For the second year, Common Cause is sponsoring the Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition, a contest in which we invite lawyers, social scientists, students, and others to submit academic papers proposing a new definition for partisan gerrymandering that can be used in court to challenge unfair and undemocratic redistricting plans. Winners will receive prize money (1st place: $5,000, 2nd place: $3,000, 3rd place: $2,000), publication in an academic journal, and free travel to present their papers at a national redistricting reform symposium. For more information, visit http://www.commoncause.org/issues/voting-and-elections/redistricting/first-amendment-gerrymander-standard-writing-competition.html

Deadline: 2018 TBD

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley's life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2016 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Deadline:2018 TBD

2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition

The Tannenwald Writing Competition is sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel. Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules. Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers. For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Rules

Deadline: TBD 2018

Warner E. Burger Prize Writing Competition

The American Inns of Court sponsors the Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition to encourage thoughtful consideration of the practical application of the highest principles of professionalism in the American legal community. Through this competition, significant contributions to the body of scholarship in the areas of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism are recognized and rewarded. Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large. A presentation will be held during the Celebration of Excellence, which is held annually in early November, at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. See the following site for more information: http://home.innsofcourt.org/about-us/awards/the-warren-e-burger-prize/warren-e-burger-prize-rules.aspx

Postmarked No Later than July 1, Winner announced Autust 31

National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition

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 and applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month. The 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. For essay requirements and competition rules please visit http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition

Deadline: Ongoing 

 USA Constitution Reform Foundation Law Student Writing Competition

The USA Constitution Reform Foundation proudly announces its first annual national Student Writing Competition. This competition for law students is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding of legal professionals and the public on potential changes to the U. S. Constitution. The USA Constitution Reform Foundation welcomes all papers that further education and understanding of draft Constitutional Amendments designed to enhance our democracy, strengthen individual rights and make government function more effectively. The proposed amendments are summarized below and their full text can be found on our website at usacrf.org. Entrants are encouraged to select one of the proposed amendments and provide the historical context, related legal scholarship, analysis of the impacts and a section with the rationale for adoption in layman's terms. We also welcome submissions that take a broader approach and address the underlying themes of the proposed amendments. Papers will be judged on their effective use of analysis, legal scholarship and the clarity of the layman's section. Cash prizes will be awarded. Visit https://www.usacrf.org/writing-contest.html

Deadline: TBD 2018

Call for Papers & Other Writing Opportunities

The Artifice: Calling All Writers

Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Anime, Arts, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? We invite you to The Artifice: http://www.the-artifice.com. The Artifice is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms. We do not run The Artifice, you do. The Artifice is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow writers. It is structured to let you focus on the quality of the content while it deals with the exposure of it to an audience of millions. Instead of recycling the same entertainment news stories or publishing commonplace editorials, The Artifice focus on unique topics that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful. You can write about a whole host of things for pleasure, passion and/or to boost your CV with vital experience in this ever competitive media environment. Our current writers range from undergraduates, to graduates, to emeritus professors and a bit of everyone in between. Grab the opportunity and join our team of writers. Join now: http://the-artifice.com/write/

International Technical Sciences Journal: Call for Papers

The "International Technical Sciences Journal" (ITSJ) is a peer reviewed journal, which accepts high quality research articles. The journal is issued annually (each February). ITSJ is available to all researchers who are interested in publishing their scientific achievements. ITSJ is available to all researchers who are interested in publishing their scientific achievements in the field of technical sciences. We welcome submissions focusing on theories, methods and applications in both articles and book reviews. Regular publications of the ITSJ are uploaded on our website. Moreover, the European Scientific Institute, ESI the publisher of the ITSJ, mails printed copies of the journal to the authors of the papers.Learn more by visiting http://www.itsj.org/