Animal Law Writing Contest

The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.


  • 1st Place - $2500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2015*
  • 2nd Place - $1000 cash prize


Participants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school located in the United States. Entrants may participate in the writing of only one entry per contest. The names of entrants will be held in confidence until judging of articles has been completed. 


Papers must be received no later than Noon CST on February 15, 2015. Papers must be submitted via e-mail to lawschoolcontest@avma.org. Papers transmitted or sent in any other form will not be considered.

Columbian Lawyers Association Scholarship Award

Each year, the Association awards up to (4) four scholarship awards to law students of some Italian heritage presently attending law schools located within the City of New York and the Counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester.  Consequently, the awards require that the applicant has already been admitted and completed at least his/her first semester of studies.  The award consists of $2,500.00 for each year the student attends law school, for a maximum of three years for day students and four years for evening students.  In order for a scholarship award recipient to continue receiving their award after the first year it is granted, the recipeint must confirm in writing to the Chairman that he/she is still enrolled in a qualifying Law School no earlier than October 1st and no later than March 15th of the following year.  The Chairman and the Association reserve the right to terminate scholarships for recipients who fail to maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.5.
Scholarship recipients will receive their award via a check forwarded by the Association to the Law School Bursar to credit the recipient’s account or directly to the recipient at the exclusive discretion of the Association.  Simultaneously therewith, the recipient will be notified of his/her selection for the award.
Applications for awards must be submitted by March 15th of the school year in which the award is granted. (e.g., For the 2014/2015 school year, all applications must be submitted on or before March 15th, 2015.) The awards for each school year will be paid on or about the time of our Rapallo Award Luncheon, which is usually held sometime in April of each year.  We expect recipients to attend the Rapallo Luncheon.
Please complete and submit the application, which requires an essay indicating the source of your Italian heritage; the reason for the need of assistance; and a brief statement as to your accomplishments, goals and/or aspirations.  In support of your application, please be sure to indicate any special circumstances which may have a bearing on your application or special need of funds.

2015 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the program includes academic credit, a guaranteed legal internship placement and fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, D.C.  

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admission consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. 

May 21 – August 1, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Early Deadline: February 10, 2015               

·         Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, public interest and nonprofit organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.  Examples of past internship sites are: 
o    Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
o    Quarles & Brady LLP
o    U.S. Army JAG Corps
o    Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
o    Healthcare Leadership Council
o    Telecommunications Industry Association
o    Cause of Action
o    Bloomberg BNA

·         Constitutional Law Course at Georgetown Law Center:  Students will be enrolled in a constitutional law course titled “Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism in Theory and Practice.”  In partnership with the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, classes will be held at Georgetown University Law Center and taught by Georgetown Law Professors Randy Barnett, Larry Solum and John Baker. Students will receive credit from Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law or from Georgetown University Law Center for an additional fee.

·         Law & Policy Briefings: Participants will attend exclusive lectures on salient issues in law and policy by prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars. Previous guest speakers have included:

o    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
o    D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg
o    Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ, Steven Bradbury
o    Institute of Justice Senior Fellow Clark Neily
o    Cato Senior Fellow Ilya Shapiro

·         Professional Development Seminars: Students will have the opportunity to explore the various practices of law through a series of small group sessions with practicing attorneys representing a diverse array of legal career paths.  Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction. 

·         Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. 

·         Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments are located in the heart of Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

·         Scholarships: 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. 

Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please visit www.DCinternships.org/LSI for more details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Director, atLEGAL@tfas.org or 202.986.0384

ABA Forum on Construction Law

The ABA Forum on Construction Law is accepting articles for its Law Student Writing Competition. 
The deadline for the writing submission is January 15.
This competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA-accredited law school during 2014. Students may submit articles on a wide array of topics related to construction law. Articles should reflect the style of articles published in either the forum’s The Construction Lawyer magazine or the Under Construction newsletter.
The forum has presented these awards annually since 2010. Senior ABA Forum on Construction Law members will judge the submissions, which will be selected based on creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novelty and timeliness of subject, and quality of research. 
Winners will receive $2,000, travel expenses and registration for the forum’s 2015 Annual Meeting, plaque, a one-year membership in the forum and recognition in the forum’s newsletter, Under Construction and on the website; in addition to the opportunity to be published in one of the forum’s two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. Other finalists will be recognized with a plaque and in forum publications. Winners will be announced and notified in March.  Forum Chair Steven Lesser will present the awards at its 2015 Annual Meeting, April 16-18 in Boca Raton, Fla.   

2015 Interleges Award Essay Contest

in memory of Stephen Rayner
Now in its tenth successive year, the Interleges network is proud to announce the Interleges Award 2015:-
The essay should address one of the following sets of issues:
  1. Can and do national courts provide different or increased remedies to victims of human rights violations as compared to international courts? Are national courts available to enforce the decisions of international courts and how effective are such efforts? Include an evaluation of the reported effectiveness of national courts in providing remedies for such victims, and suggest improvements.
  2. Compare the recent trends in courts of such countries as the United States to reduce the availability of their courts for international human rights violations with the trends in the courts of such countries as Spain and Italy to provide an effective forum for such matters. Include an analysis of what role if any differences between the common law and civil law systems affect both the availability of national forums and remedies, and the willingness of the various national judiciaries to undertake a generous reception of international human rights claims.
  3. Examine the right of access of alleged victims of human rights violations to the national courts of various countries where defendants have financial resources that might be applied to judgment rendered in favor of such claimants. To what extent do national courts enforce the judgments of other countries in favor of human rights victims? To what extent if any do the doctrines of comity vary between common law and civil law jurisdictions in their reception of foreign judgments in favor of human rights victims? 
PRIZE MONEY: €4,000.00
The winner will also be invited to attend part of the Interleges Annual General Meeting 2015 to receive the award, which takes place in New York 14 – 17 May 2015. 
DEADLINE: Friday 20 March 2015
WORD LIMIT: 8,000 words, in English (not including footnotes) 
For full award details and specifications please visit www.interleges.com


2015 Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

This annual competition is designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting us today.

Presented by: Environmental Law Section
Contact: Lisa Bataille
Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2015
Date Presented: Section's Fall Meeting
Award Criteria: Contest is open to all students enrolled in a New York State law school. Essays may have been submitted for course credit or for law reviews, but not as part of paid employment.
Criteria for judging entries will be organization, practicality, originality, quality of research, clarity of style.

Maximum length, 35 double-spaced pages (including footnotes, which may be single-spaced).

Each entrant MUST submit a hard copy AND an electronic copy in either Microsoft Word or Wordperfect 5.0. Essays may be emailed to kplog@nysba.org

Prize Awarded: 1st place: $1,000 and publication by the NYSBA. 2nd and 3rd place: $500 and $250 respectively - consideration of publication by the NYSBA. Certificates.
Click to view the informational flyer.


2014-2015 The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law writing competition

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015  writing competition.

This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2013. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. 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, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Students are encouraged to discuss 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. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law bar.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE 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 submissions do not meet their standards for publication.

To be considered, articles must be submitted by 12 a.m. EDST on May 15, 2015.

For more information, please visit: http://laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/Writing%20Competition.aspx