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National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

The Twelfth Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence or their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.
Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015

IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Legal Writing Contest
Topic:  Rule 2 allows for a broad range of topics, provided it is one of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.  Unusual subjects are desirable if of sufficiently widespread interest beyond the borders of any state or province.  Entries should be of law review type and quality, not briefs.  Authors' opinions should reflect consideration of both sides of the issue.
Deadline:  Friday, May 15, 2015

The Food and Drug Law Institute 2015 Writing Competitions:   H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions for Law Students:
Two Writinng Competitions:
1 - papers with a maximum of 40 pages
2 - papers with between 41 and 100 pages.  
Papers longer than 100 pages will not be accepted.
Topic:  To encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and tobacco.  Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.   
Deadline:  June 5, 2015

Milani Writing Competition
Topics:  The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses.  Other permissible topics include issues arising under any of the following statutes:  Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; or any state statutes or municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Deadline:  June 8, 2015

American Society for Pharmacy Law:  Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award

Topic:  The Award recognizes an outstanding paper relating to the interests of ASPL published during the prior two years (2012 - 2014).

Deadline:  June 30, 2015

The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic: Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at
Deadline: 9:00 pm on July 1, 2015

2015 New York State Bar Association Committee On Animals and The Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  An article concerning any area of Animal Law.

Deadline:  July 31, 2015

Jacques Leroy International Prize Student Competition

Topic:  Students who wish to compete for this prize must send a dissertation (plea, study, commetnary of a practical case) that deasl with the theme: "Respecting Human Rights in the Workplace and Supply Chain Monitoring."

Deadline:  July 31, 2015

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation:  The Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Topic:  There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.
Deadline:  August 21, 2015

2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition

Topic: The submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitrations Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1- 14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to.
Deadline:  September 18, 2015

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
Topic:  This competition aims to promote interest and enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students as well as deepen their understanding of this important area of international law.
Deadline:  October 7, 2015