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Writing competitions

Numerous law firms and legal associations sponsor legal writing competitions annually. Awards and prizes offered to winners include publication opportunities and other benefits in addition to monetary compensation.


Top prize of $5,000 in Securities Law Writing Competition – Nov. 13 deadline
The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni’s writing competition awards prizes for outstanding papers in the field of securities law. The association will present $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place at its annual dinner Friday, Feb. 19, in Washington, D.C. The first-place winner will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for travel expenses. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Undergraduate and graduate law students enrolled at an accredited law school in the U.S. for fall semester 2015 are eligible to participate. Submissions must be sent by postal mail and must be received by the association by Friday, Nov. 13.

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College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers to award top prize of $2,500 – Dec. 1 deadline
The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is sponsoring its 2016 writing competition, offering awards for best book, $2,500; best publishable article, book chapter or substantial book review, $2,000; and best student note or comment, $1,000, on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. Winners also will get travel expenses to attend the college’s annual dinner held in conjunction with the spring 2016 meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association in April in Montreal. Entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the 12 months preceding Dec 1, 2015. Unpublished entries should be typed, double-spaced and in law review format. Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to Therese G. Franzen. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Medical-Legal Collaborative Writing Competition to Award $250 – Jan. 4 deadline
The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law announces the Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration. The center annually presents awards for 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 two professions. The deadline for submission is Monday, Jan. 4. Awards will be $250 for one law student and $250 for one medical student or medical resident.

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Reproductive rights writing competition to award top prize of $750 – Jan. 18 deadline
Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Center for Reproductive Rights and Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School announce the 11th Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. Current law students or 2015 graduates are eligible to participate. This year’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, other topics will be accepted. Winners will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place) and $250 (third place). The first-place winner will have a chance at publication with the New York University School of Law’s Review of Law and Social Change. Deadline for submission is 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

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Honigman introduces Securities Law Writing Competition – June 17 deadline
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has established the Honigman Securities Law Writing Competition to create interest in and promote knowledge of business and securities laws. The topic can be any aspect of state or federal securities laws, securities practice, securities arbitration or securities litigation. The winner will receive $1,500 and be featured at the annual Midwest Securities Law Institute. The competition is open to full or part-time J.D. students enrolled at one of four Michigan law schools, including Wayne Law. Deadline for submission is Friday, June 17.

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Additional writing competitions are listed on the ABA website.

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