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Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions for law students and legal scholars.

Writing competitions are a wonderful way to showcase your work and are a good way to hone your writing skills. They also are a great way to make money! 

Students who enter writing competitions can submit their papers to the WCL Institutional Repository. 

19th Amendment Writing Competition

Title The Impact of the 19th Amendment Since Its Ratification
Deadline October 25, 2019
Topic In 2020, the legal community will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. Write about any topic related to the impact of the 19th Amendment since its ratification. 
Sponsor DC Bar Law Student Community

There will be one winner with a second-place acknowledgment. The winner will receive a cash prize along with publication of the paper through the D.C. Bar. An abstract of the first-place winner’s submission will be published in a spring edition of the Washington Lawyer and a full version of the paper will be published on the D.C. Bar website. The second-place acknowledgment, or runner-up, will also have their submission published on the D.C. Bar Website. Award acknowledgement is expected to be communicated by February 2020.


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International Law and Writing Competition 2020

Title: Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Topic: Social Media, Data and Privacy; Technology & the Future of Legal Practice; Access to Justice and Technology
Sponsor: Justis
Prize: Publication in the Legal Cheek Journal and a Grand Prize of $2,500. Three prizes of $300 will be awarded to the best article in each category, alongside publication on the Justis Blog.
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Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition


Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition

Deadline:  December 20, 2019
Topic:  Law & Technology
Sponsor:  William & Mary Center for Legal Technology & Learning
Description: CLCT is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies.
Prize 1st Place: $2,500; 2nd Place: $1,500; 3rd Place: $1,000
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Trandafir Writing Competiton

Title: Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus
Sponsor: Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems: A Journal at the University of Iowa College of Law
Description: Recent winning submissions have included such topics as recommendations the United States should follow to update its privacy laws to harmonize with international general data protection regulation commitments, why international labor organizations should adopt fair trade as an enforcement mechanism to end labor violations, and why the United States Treasury should wait for Congress to end corporate tax sheltering tactics.
Prize: Publication and case prize of $2,500
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2020 Insurance Law Writing Competition

Title: 2020 Insurance Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Students who plan to participate should notify the American College of Coverage Counsel of their intention to do so by January 10, 2020. Final Submissions are due March 13, 2020
Sponsor: The American College of Coverage Counsel
Description: This year's writing competition asks students to advise either the policyholder or insurer with respect to practical and legal questions arising out of law suits and coverage disputes that might have arisen in the aftermath of the murder-suicide that marks the conclusion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Students will be judged on the creativity of their proposed solutions and the quality of their writing and analysis.

Invitation to attend an all travel expenses paid trip to the College's Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 6-8, 2020.

1st Place Cash Prize: $2,000, 2nd Place Cash Prize: $1,500, 3rd Place Cash Prize: $1,000

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Technology Review Writing Competition

Title Technology Review Writing Competiton
Deadline May 31, 2020
Topic Entrants are invited to submit papers exploring the ways in which emerging technologies and services interact with or challenge existing civil rights and consumer protection laws. 
Sponsor Georgetown Law
Prize 1st Place: $4,000; 2nd Place: $2,000; 3rd Place: $1,000
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