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Writing Competitions

Below is a list of writing competitions which are open to students. Please check back periodically, as the Office of Student Services receives new writing competitions throughout the semester. 

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Mary Beth Aber, Cocurricular Programs Coordinator, at mba11@psu.edu.


Innovative Legal Issues Likely to Arise from Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things

This essay competition promotes a discourse on innovative legal issues likely to arise from the Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Eligibility: 
Law students in good standing enrolled on a degree course (J.D. or LL.M. equivalent) in law schools in the U.S. and Canada during the 2017-2018 academic year

Awards: 
First place: $2,500
Second place: $1,500
Third place: $1,000

More information

Application Deadline:
Friday, December 1, 2017

The submission, as well as any questions, should be directed to essaycompetition@lists.wm.edu.


2017-18 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Deals with any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. 

Eligibility: 
Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2018. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible. 

Award:
The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

More information

Application Deadline:
11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, April 9, 2018.

The submission, as well as any questions, should be directed to reynolds@eli.org.


2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. 

Eligibility: 
The contest is open to students who, on the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions. Membership in the Criminal Justice Section is not a requirement. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and legal permanent residents or citizens of the United States. Employees, officers, directors of the ABA and members of their immediate families are not eligible.

Award:
The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section. In addition, the winner’s law school will receive a plaque from the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. At the sole discretion of the editorial board, the winning entry may be selected for publication in Criminal Justice magazine, subject to editing.

Rules and Topic Information

Application Deadline:
All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2018, 11:59 pm CST.

Send entrie to Erin Remotigue, Editor, Criminal Justice Magazine, American Bar Association, via electronic submission by e-mail to erin.remotigue@americanbar.org.