Writing Competitions

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PLEASE NOTE: The competitions on this page are not administered by Washburn University or its School of Law. The organizations offering these awards are outside entities that privately support the competitions with their own funding. Applicants apply directly to the sponsoring organization, not Washburn University or its School of Law.

Animal Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Sunday, 2/15/2015
Award: Winner: $2,500; 2nd Place - $1,000
Website: www.avma.org/LawSchoolContest
SPONSER: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers Association and the Animal Health Institute.

TOPIC: Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of one of the two following topics:

Beginning March 2015, retailers in the City of Chicago may offer for sale only those dogs, cats or rabbits that the retailer has obtained from animal control centers, animal care facilities, government-operated shelters, humane societies or rescue organizations. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 4-384-015, Municipal Code of Chicago).


Los Angeles County has adopted an ordinance requiring all cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered after a certain age, with a few specific exemptions allowed. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 10.08.155, Los Angeles County Code).

ELIGIBILITY: Participants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school located in the United States.

FORMAT: Entries must contain original work done exclusively by a single author. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION TO: lawschoolcontest@avma.org
Competition #12 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 11/19/2014)

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 3/6/2015
Award: Winner: $2,000
Website: www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html
SPONSER: Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a Journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

TOPIC: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

See website below for a complete description of competition.
Competition #14 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 11/25/2014)

The 2015 Interleges Award Essay Contest
Deadline: Friday, 3/20/2015
Award: Winner: 4000 Euros $4,970
Website: www.andersonkill.com/webpdfext/InterlegesAward2015Maindoc.pdf
SPONSER: Interleges, the International Association of Independent Law Firms. In Memory of Stephen Rayner.

TOPIC: Transnational Adjudication of Human Rights Violations: National Tribunals as an Alternative to International Courts. See website for required specific issues to address.

FORMAT: Papers must be written in English and shall not exceed 8,000 words. Word limit does not include footnotes.

Both electronic and hard copy submissions required.
Competition #13 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 11/25/2014)

College Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/15/2015
Award: 1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $1,000; 3rd Place: $500
Website: www.laborandemploymentcollege.org
SPONSER: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers which is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law.

TOPIC: 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) a public policy issue, (b) practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, (c) a statute or the need for a statutory modification, or (d) a common law doctrine.

ELIGIBILITY: All currently enrolled law students attending accredited law schools in the United States. Articles must be original from the applicant. Student's article must not presently be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

FORMAT: (1) Typewritten in Microsoft Word using Times New Roman 12-point font, (2) Double-spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with 1" margins; (3) May not exceed 20 pages in length; (4) Citations are to conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition; (5) Include a title page with your entry stating your name, e-mail and mailing address, phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation; (6) Submit the manuscript and cover page as a single attachment in both Microsoft Word and PDF documents.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO: swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line "Writing Competition."
Competition #7 (Added/Updated: Monday, 11/10/2014)

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