National Sports Law Writing Competition


The National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School announces the creation of the National Sports Law Student Writing Competition. The goal of this annual competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics in sports law. The winner of the competition will receive complimentary registration for the National Sports Law Institute's annual fall conference on Friday, October 23, 2009, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an offer to publish their article in the Fall 2009 issue of the Marquette Sports Law Review.

ELIGIBILITY: Any law student in good standing who is currently attending an accredited law school within the United States and its territories may enter the competition. All submissions must be original and unpublished. Submissions may be any original and unpublished student work. For example, this could include papers written for a law school course or unpublished student comments written as a membership requirement for a law journal or review.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Friday, July 17, 2009.

1. Submissions to the 2009 competition must focus on some aspect of Labor and Employment Law within the sports industry on the national or international level. 

2. Submissions must follow the Marquette Sports Law Review's Guidelines for Authors.

3. Submissions to the competition must be sent by email to the National Sports Law Institute (NSLI) at

  • a. Address the subject line of your email to "2009 National Sports Law Writing Competition."
  • b. Attach your submission to the email in Microsoft Word.
  • c. Do not include your name within the submission; instead, within your email include;
  • i.your name,
  • ii.your contact information including email address, mailing address and telephone number,
  • iii. your year in school,
  • iv. verification that you are a law student in good standing and identification of the law school you are currently attending, and
  • v. explanation of why you produced the submission, i.e., for a law school course, etc.
  • d. Each submission should include a title. This title should be on the first page of the submission. Do not send a separate title page.

4.The NSLI will verify participation in the competition by email within 10 days of the receipt of a submission.

JUDGING: All submissions will be judged by the National Sports Law Institute's Editorial Advisory Board made up of past Editors-in-Chief of the Marquette Sports Law Review andMarquette Sports Law Journal. The review of submissions will be a blind review.


GUIDELINES: The Marquette Sports Law Review is published twice each year, in June (spring issue) and January (fall issue).


Submissions to the Marquette Sports Law Review are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no yearly or semester deadline for submissions. When an article is accepted for publication it will be placed in the production cycle and published in either the fall or spring issue depending on when the article is submitted and the current slate of articles within the publication cycle.

The Marquette Sports Law Review welcomes submission of any sports related article, book review, or student comment.

Authors should send their submissions by email to Ben Leibovitz, Article Editor. When sending a submission please use "Article Submission to the Marquette Sports Law Review" as the subject line of your email. Within the email include your current contact information including an email address that you monitor on a frequent basis. Attached to the email include (1) the article in Microsoft Word format, and (2) a current resume. Do not include an abstract within any submission. All submissions must also include citations within footnotes that conform to the Harvard Citator (Bluebook) (18th or 19th Edition). Finally, authors must be willing to provide any sources that the Review is unable to locate.


  • (1) Once a submission is received, the Lead Articles Editor will contact the author to inform him of receipt and request additional information if needed.
  • (2) All submissions are reviewed by the Editorial Board and their Faculty Advisor.
  • (3) Upon receipt of a submission by the Lead Articles Editor, the article review process will normally last approximately 1-10 days.
  • Categories that are of particular importance include:
    i. Proper use of Bluebook style. 
    ii. Quality of Writing (Is the article readable with good transitions with few mistakes in word tense, grammar, spelling and sentence structure?) 
    iii. Organization, reasoning and analysis (Does the author present a reasoned and organized legal analysis of the topic? Does the author present the topic in an easy to understand, logical manner?) 
    iv. Quality of research (Has the author thoroughly researched the topic area, or do you know of other sources they should have used in their paper?) 
    v. Novelty and uniqueness of the topic (Has this topic been covered before in other articles so that the author just restating what has come before? Or, Has the author presented a new and novel look at the topic?)
  • (4) All publication decisions are final and are not reviewable.

Contact the Articles Editor Ben Leibovitz for further information.

QUESTIONS: Please send all questions related to this competition to the National Sports Law Institute at