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Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions for law students and legal scholars.

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

Students who enter writing competitions can submit their papers to Digital Commons @WCL, the law school's institutional repository. 

Hon. William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

Title

Hon. William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

Deadline February 22, 2022
Topic

Intellectual Property

Sponsor New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Description

The competition is open to students enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program (day or evening) in an accredited law school in the United States. The subject matter must be directed to one of the following subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, antitrust, and data security/privacy issues. Entries must be submitted electronically by February 27, 2022, to the address provided below. See Rules for details on submission requirements.

Prize

The Winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.00, and the runner-up will receive a cash award of $1,000.00

Contact & Submission Info

Email to: rbrown@daypitney.com as a Word Document (preferred) or a PDF. 

Limit: Twenty (20) page maximum limit for all entries, including endnotes but excluding any cover page or table of contents.

Competition URL

https://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/ConnerWritingAwards.asp

Companion Animal Law Writing Contest

Title Companion Animal Law Writing Contest
Deadline April 1, 2022 at 5 pm EST 
Topic Animal law 
Sponsor American Kennel Club
Description

Students are asked to choose between two topics: The impact of “lawyers for dogs” laws on animal cruelty cases or the constitutionality of mandatory spay/neuter laws.  This year’s topics offer students the unique opportunity to discuss legal perspectives on issues currently in the news and at the forefront of animal law.

Prize

The first-place prize is $2500, and the second-place prize is $500.

Contact & Submission Info Email to: doglaw@akc.org as a PDF, with the subject line  “Law Student Writing Competition.”
Competition URL

https://akcgr.org/akc/writeaboutanimallaw

International Essay Competition on Nuclear Law for Students and Early Career Professionals

Title

IAEA International Essay Competition on Nuclear Law for Students and Early Career Professionals

Deadline

November 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.p., Vienna Time (CET). 

Topic Nuclear Law: Today and Tomorrow
Sponsor International Atomic Energy Association 
Description

The essay competition aims to promote creative thinking and wider awareness about the four branches of international and national nuclear law - safety, security, safeguards, and civil liability for nuclear damage - as well as the interaction of nuclear law with other areas of national and international law.

Prize

Finalists will be invited to travel to Vienna, Austria, to participate in and present their essays at a side event to the IAEA’s First International Conference on Nuclear Law: The Global Debate, to be held in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 11 February 2022.  All applicants will also be considered for contribution to other segments of the Conference programme.

Contact & Submission Info

Email to: ICNL-2022@iaea.org as a Word Document. 

Length: 1,000 - 2,000 words, not including references. 

Competition URL

https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/21/07/2021-iaea-international-essay-competition-on-nuclear-law-for-students-and-early-career-professionals.pdf

National Patent Application Drafting Competition

Title

National Patent Application Drafting Competition

Deadline

Registration closes at 11:59 pm ET on October 31, 2021, and team submissions are due no later than January 30, 2022.

Topic Patent law
Sponsor The United States Patent and Trademark Office
Description

The Competition comprises Regional Rounds on March 5, 2022, and the National Finals on April 8, 2022.  The Regional Rounds will be virtual and include up to a total of 75 teams divided among five regions. The winner from each region will be invited to compete in the National Finals before a panel of senior USPTO officials and other esteemed judges.

Based on a hypothetical invention statement, student teams will search the prior art and prepare a patent application along with other associated materials.  Additionally, teams will present and defend their application and drafting strategy before a panel of judges comprised of patent practitioners, USPTO personnel and other members of the IP community.

The Competition is open to law school teams made up of 2 to 4 students and a coach. If a team is unable to enlist a coach, the team should send an email to PatentDraftingCompetition@uspto.gov and every effort will be made to assist in locating one.

Prize

The first, second, and third-place teams will receive awards.

Contact & Submission Info

Email to PatentDraftingCompetition@uspto.gov

Competition URL

https://va-uspto.zfairs.com/?f=3390cdcb-e56e-4219-8ecc-04b79713baca