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National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

Dish 2015 "Best in Class" E Discovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Topic:  Encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of Information Goverance and Discovery in civil litigation.  The competition is the only one of its kind designed to challenge law students to explore the evolving issues of document management, electronically stored information, and ever-expanding technology - along with their application to the law.
Deadline:  April 13, 2015

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Contest
Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition
Topic:  The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad - any aspect of tax law is acceptable.  Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing:  a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine.
Deadline:  Thursday, April 30, 2015

Public Citizen:  The 2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Topic:  The Impact of "Corporate Personhood" on American Life:  Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections?  Essays may focus on these or other questions:  Limits on the corporate right to advertise; Political speech rights for corporations, or Substantive due process for corporations.
Deadline:  April 30, 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

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

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