Opportunities & Aid

DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship -- $1,500

The DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship by Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP is a recurring scholarship worth $1,500 designed to help one law student with their tuition costs. We welcome all eligible students to apply and look forward to reviewing your application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JAN 31, 2020
The winner will be announced on or before Mar 31, 2020

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Admitted to an accredited law school in the U.S.
  • 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Completed Application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Upload a 500-600 word original essay on what you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship.
  • Upload School Transcript
  • Upload Resume

For additional information and to submit your application materials, please visit: https://www.ddrlawyers.com/scholarship/

Contact: DDR Lawyers

Anne Wall “Top Scholar in Sports Law Award”--$500

Created in 2017, and  s supported by the generosity of the National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors member Anne Wall, the “Ethics in Sports Law Award recognizes the Marquette University Law School student who writes the best essay on a current ethical dilemma in amateur or professional sports as selected by the Competition Review Committee.  

In order to be considered for this award, a student must be (1) enrolled within the juris doctorate program at Marquette University Law School, (2) a member of the Sports Law Society or a Sports Law Certificate candidate, and (3) in good academic standing at the law school, at the time the competition entry is submitted. 

All Competition submissions are due Friday, March 6, 2020. There is a prize of $500 given to the winner of the competition. Submissions do not need to be law review comments or the normal type of papers you might write in law school. Instead the competition is asking for 10 – 15 page submissions, without the usual extensive citations needed for law review work. The winner of the “Ethics in Sports Law Award” will be announced at the NSLI’s Annual Award Banquet held on Friday, April 24, 2020. Complete information on the competition can be found online here.

Contact: Paul Anderson

Janis Doleschal “Risk Management in Sport Writing Competition and Award”--$1,000

Created in 2017, and supported by the generosity of the National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors member Janis Doleschal, the “Risk Management in Sports Law Award” recognizes the Marquette University Law School student who writes the best essay focused on an important risk management related issue in the sport industry, as judged by the Competition Review Committee. 

In order to be considered for this award, a student must be (1) enrolled within the juris doctor program at Marquette University Law School, (2) a member of the Sports Law Society or a Sports Law Certificate candidate, and (3) in good academic standing at the Law School, at the time the competition entry is submitted. 

All competition submissions are due Friday, March 13, 2020. There is a prize of $1,000 given to the winner of the competition. Submissions do not need to be law review comments or the normal type of papers you might write in law school. Instead the competition is asking for 10 – 15 page submissions, without the usual extensive citations needed for law review work. The winner of the “Risk Management in Sports Award” will be announced at the NSLI’s Annual Award Banquet, Friday, April 24, 2020. Complete information on the competition can be found online here.

Contact: Paul Anderson

MBA Summer Diversity Federal Clerkship

The Milwaukee Bar Association, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Bar Foundation and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, is providing a unique and prestigious opportunity for a funded federal summer clerkship in federal court.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Contact: Nadelle Grossman

Research Assistant for Dean Grossman

Dean Grossman is looking for a research assistant to conduct research for a contract drafting textbook. Students must have completed 27 law school credits and be in good academic standing to be eligible for this position. Students who have taken contract drafting with strong research and bluebooking skills are preferred. Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover email to Dean Grossman no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 16. This position is available for pay or credit. 

Contact: Nadelle Grossman

Research Assistant for Professor Parness

Visiting Professor Jeffrey Parness is looking for a research assistant to conduct research on topics relating to civil procedure and family law. Students must have completed 27 law school credits and be in good academic standing to be eligible for this position. Students who have taken family law with strong research and writing skills are preferred. Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover email to Dean Grossman, on behalf of Professor Parness, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 16. This position is available for pay or credit.

Contact: Nadelle Grossman

William & Mary Third Annual International Writing Competition -- Up to $2,500

William & Mary Law School's Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT) launched its annual Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition on September 13, 2019. This popular writing competition is in its third year and CLCT looks forward to receiving the submissions by December 20, 2019.

All current law students are cordially invited to submit one paper, which must:

  • Set forth the likely issue;
  • Explain why it likely will arise and to what degree; and,
  • Analyze the probability that it can be readily resolved by the application of existing law.

A submission is not required to contain a proposed solution to the issue; however, any plausible and well-articulated solutions put forward are likely to impress the judges! Judges will select the best entries that creatively and innovatively address these criteria. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First place: U.S. $2,500
Second place: U.S. $1,500
Third place: U.S. $1,000

The winners will also have the unique opportunity of presenting their papers to a selected audience of executives from Cisco Systems, Inc. For further details, including participant eligibility, as well as terms and conditions, please read the competition rules.

Contact: Bruce Boyden

Arash Law Scholarship -- $1,000

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 9:55am TBD

Arash Law, one of California’s premier injury law firms has always been dedicated to helping the next generation of law students and future attorneys to success. Arash Law has always perceived monetary concerns as an unnecessary obstacle to succeeding as an attorney. Exceptional students should worry about nothing more than studying to reach their goals in the field of law. When those students merely want to help others such as car accident victims through the maze that is the legal system, they should not be barred simply because of a lack of funds.

When a student demonstrates that they are dedicated to becoming a professional in the field of law, they are devoting their lives to something they believe it. The choice to become an attorney at law is not the most affordable decision to make. That is why Arash Law is ready to help and encourage such choices by potential law students.

This $1,000 scholarship is an offer for all current University students enrolled in law school or hoping to do so in the future. Ideally, the scholarship funds should be used to pay for qualified expenses such as tuition, books or on-campus room & board for the 2019 school year.

This 2019 Scholarly Law Student Scholarship Award will be awarded to the one deemed most worthy out of all that apply. This recognizes that student’s potential and achievements in academics. It is our way of giving back to the community and rewarding the student for their efforts. 

Applications must be submitted on or before June 1, 2020.

For additional information and to apply, please visit:  https://arashlaw.com/arash-law-scholarship/

Contact: Arash Law

LembergLaw Scholarship--$1,250

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:00pm N/A

Recognizing the critical role of immigrants in strengthening the fabric of our society, Lemberg Law has launched their $1,250 Law School Scholarship.

This scholarship is open to current or incoming law school students who are immigrants to the U.S. and who are U.S. citizens, DACA recipients, or legal permanent residents.

The scholarship application, due December 10, 2019, requires candidates submit an example of meme, graphic, or gif aimed at engaging the public with the topic of lemon law, debt collection harassment, or overtime pay. It should include both text and graphical elements, and measure approximately 2000 pixels x 2000 pixels (along with a caption).

For more information, visit https://www.lemberglaw.com/scholarship/scholarship-grad/

Contact: Ceasar DiMauro

2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 4:00pm TBD

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to participate in the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition. The objective of this competition is to introduce law students to issues arising in United States patent law and to develop their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. This is an expansion of the International Patent Drafting Competition established by the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Patent Office, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and University of Windsor Law.

Student teams will be given a hypothetical invention statement for which they will then search the prior art, prepare a specification, draft claims, and present their reasoning for patentability before a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners, and high profile guest judges.

The initial phase of competition will consist of up to 15 teams in a regional round taking place in Detroit, MI; Denver, CO; San Jose, CA; Dallas, TX; and the Washington, DC area. The winner from each region will be invited to compete in the National Final Competition at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on April 20, 2020 before a panel of senior USPTO officials and other esteemed judges.

KEY DATES

  • 17-Nov-19     Team registration opens
  • 15-Dec-19      Team registration closes
  • 19-Dec-19      Team invitations sent
  • 20-Dec-19      Invention statement released to teams
  • 14-Feb-20      Team patent application due
  • 14-Mar-20     Regional competition in Detroit
  • 1-Apr-20        Final national team patent application due
  • 20-Apr-20      National final competition occurs

Teams must register through an EventBrite event titled: 2020 US Patent and Trademark Office National Patent Drafting Competition, which may also be accessed as Online Event # 77918334837.

Contact: Bruce Boyden

2019 Student Loan Debt Stinks Scholarship Contest -- $2,500

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 12:00pm n/a

At Nova Legal Funding we work with attorneys and other legal professionals every day. We see first hand the critical role that these folks play in protecting and advancing the rights and interests of the people over the powerful.

As a company that provides monetary advances to folks who are awaiting pending lawsuit settlements (ie. “lawsuit loans”) we recognize that financial stability is essential for mental health and productivity. Our clients come to us because their financial obligations don’t get put on hold while the wheels of justice slowly turn.

We bear witness to the anxiety and stress they experience as their bills pile up. Our mission is to alleviate that hardship so that our clients can focus on what matters most in their daily lives.

In an effort to reward young legal professionals for pursuing a noble profession, and to alleviate the mental strain that comes with financial hardship, we are offering a $2,500 scholarship award that law students can use to pay off their student loan debt. Because, after-all, student loan debt stinks!

For more info or to apply, please click here: https://fundmylawsuitnow.com/scholarship/

Contact: Nova Legal Funding

Mesriani Law Group Scholarship--$500

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 12:00pm N/A

The MLG Scholarship For Future Litigation Lawyers

Mesriani Law Group understands the rigorous process that young law students go through to achieve their dreams of becoming practicing attorneys, along with the financial burdens that come with it. Many students often have to apply for financial aid and take out astronomical student loans, which is why grant programs are a great way to ease some of the difficulties associated with pursuing higher education.

In an effort to help bring forth excellent young lawyers to the forefront, MLG is offering a scholarship grant to determined and passionate future litigation lawyers.

A scholarship grant amounting to $500 shall be awarded to students who demonstrate the qualities and unimpeachable character embodied by every MLG lawyer:

  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Outstanding work ethic
  • Commitment to serve less fortunate litigants
  • Unquestionable integrity and moral character
  • Resilience in the face of adversity

MLG Scholarship Winner

The winner of the Mesriani Law Group Scholarship Offer shall receive the grant through check, which shall be written to the recipient’s school of choice. This grant shall be used exclusively for the winner’s current studies, including tuition and books.

Note: The winner will not be eligible to join the immediately succeeding scholarship grant.

Eligibility & Requirements

Apart from stellar academic performance and the aforementioned characteristics and qualities, eligible applicants for the MLG scholarship grant must also possess the following:

  • Must be enrolled in any of the accredited colleges or universities in the U.S.
  • Must be a current law school student or an undergraduate student interested in pursuing law school

To apply for our law scholarship grant, student applicants are required to submit the following:

  • An original essay advocating why they should be chosen as the winner the MLG scholarship grant
  • Proof of current enrollment
  • School I.D. and a government issued I.D. (i.e. driver’s license)
  • Curriculum vitae

Procedure & Deadline

All applicants must send their applications by way of the following:

  • E-mail to Tricia Hallare at tricia@mesriani.com; or
  • Registered/ordinary mail to 5723 Melrose Ave FL 2 Los Angeles, CA 90038

Deadline of submissions should be made on or before December 31, 2019.

The winner of the MLG scholarship will be notified via e-mail.

Contact: Tricia Hallare

Recording Academy Scholarship -- $10,000

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:00pm N/A

22nd ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE® WRITING COMPETITION

The Entertainment Law Initiative fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Now in its 22nd year, the program has grown to include a national legal writing competition

The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

More information can be found here.

ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative event & Scholarship Presentation on Jan. 24, 2020
  • Two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala Jan. 24, 2020
  • Two tickets to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Jan. 26, 2020
  • Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events

TWO RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE

  • $2,500 scholarship

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission Deadline

  • Jan. 2, 2020
  • 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST)

Winners Announced

  • Jan. 14, 2020

ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation, Los Angeles

  • Jan. 24, 2020

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of ELI Writing Competition rules and submission instructions.

Contact: Luke Savage

Constantine Cannon Law School Scholarship -- $2,500

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Constantine Cannon is offering a scholarship contest to students who write an essay between 250 and 750 words that address one or more of the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a whistleblower?
  • Tell us about a personal whistleblower experience.
  • Tell us about a whistleblower who has inspired you.
  • How important are whistleblowers to promoting transparency in government and protecting the health and safety of the public?
  • What is the best way to encourage whistleblowers to say something when they see something?

Prize Amount: First Place: $2,500, Second Place: $1,000, Third Place: $750, Fourth Place: $500, Fifth Place: $250

Requirements: Students either accepted or already enrolled in a US accredited law school.

Deadline: January 10, 2020 - Winner Announced February 15, 2020

Link for More Info: https://constantinecannon.com/2019/09/13/law-school-scholarship/

Contact: Danielle Hicks

Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest -- $5,000

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 12th Annual National Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

During the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. Based on the Court’s decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?

WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2019. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers, regulators and anyone with an interest in state-based alcohol regulation is invited to participate.  
 
HOW TO ENTER:
Essay submissions must be received by 5:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 17, 2020. Essays submitted after this deadline will not be considered. 

DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is Jan. 17, 2020. Winners will be announced soon after.
 
AWARDS: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

For additional guidelines and to submit your essay, please visit:  https://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/

Contact: Center for Alcohol Policy

Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition--$3,000

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 3:55pm N/A

We are pleased to announce that the annual Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is now accepting submissions for 2019–2020. The competition is sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace (ILW). The top three winners receive scholarships: $3000 for the first-place winner, and $1000 each for the two second-place winners. For more information, click here. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2019 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

FORMAT

Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must not exceed 35 pages in length, 8½ by 11 inch, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times Roman font, footnotes in 10 points, with double spacing and one inch margins.

JUDGING

Entries will be blind-judged by an independent panel of law professors from across the United States. The determination of the judges’ panel is final. Neither Jackson Lewis LLP nor the Institute for Law and the Workplace is involved in judging the competition. The only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

SUBMISSION

To submit an entry through our online submission form, please click here

Hard copies may be mailed to:

Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691

DEADLINE DATE

January 22, 2020

About the ILW and Jackson Lewis LLP

The ILW is a national center for research, training, dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. The ILW pools the resources of leading academic scholars and the practicing professional community to train students and professionals, monitor policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting the labor and employment law community in a neutral setting.

Jackson Lewis LLP has been engaged in the practice of employment, labor, and benefits law on behalf of management for over 50 years. With offices in major cities throughout the United States, the firm has a national perspective and an awareness of local business environments. Jackson Lewis pioneered the concept of preventive employee relations to help employers shape a positive and productive workplace. The Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition honors the memory of founding partner Louis Jackson, who provided inspiration, guidance, friendship and good humor for 50 years to all associated with the firm.

Contact: Martin H. Malin

DC Law Scholarship -- $2,000

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:55pm n/a

The DC Law Scholarship is a recurring scholarship worth $2,000 designed to help one continuing law student with their tuition costs. We welcome all eligible students to apply and look forward to reviewing your application.

Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
A winner will be announced by Feb 28, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

  • 1L or continuing student at an accredited law school in the U.S.
  • 3.5 or higher GPA

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Upload a 500-600 word original essay on the following question: How could we improve our rules of procedure and/or rules of evidence to provide for a more fair and just civil jury trial? You can respond in the context of the Federal Rules, or any state that you prefer.
  • Upload an Unofficial School Transcript
  • Upload your Resume

To apply, please visit:  https://www.texasjustice.com/dc-law-scholarship/

Contact: Erik Evensen

Scholarship Opportunity for Female Marquette Law Student from Iowa--$1000

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

The General Federation of Women's Clubs is the proud sponsor of the Phyllis Hughes Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000 to a woman studying law in her first, second, or third year. The scholarship is nonrenwable, awarded only once to each winner. The applicant must be a woman from Iowa enrolled in law school at the University of Iowa, Drake University, or with preference given to Marquette University

Scholarship awards are based on volunteerism, achievement, and financial need, in that order. The scholarship check will be paid to the student/university for the fall term in the year that the scholarship is awarded. 

To apply, please submit and complete this registration form and a one-page personal letter explaining the following:

  • How the GFWC/Iowa scholarship could be useful to you
  • Your connections to Iowa, your volunteerism, leadership opportunities, achievements in studies, and financial need.

Please submit your application to GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, 3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 201, Des Moines, IA 50310. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2020. 

 

Contact: Gayle Hanna, GFWC/Iowa Scholarship Chairman

Mandour & Associates Scholarship Contest -- $2,500

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Mandour & Associates, APCWe are aware that students at colleges across the country experience not just significant debt but also things we typically don’t associate with students like homelessness and hunger.  The “What will be your Trademark?” Scholarship exists to help alleviate whatever financial burdens may stand in the way of a student thriving, not just surviving.

OVERVIEW
Our annual scholarship awards a student with $2,500 which can be used for any expenses associated with a college education. This can include rent, food, clothing, books, technology, tuition, or paying off loans.

The scholarship will be awarded to the community college, college, or law school student with the best story of what their “trademark” will be in life.  In other words, when your career is over, what will you be known for?

ELIGIBILITY RULES
Applicants must be EITHER out-going high school seniors (graduating summer 2020) OR students currently enrolled in a community college, university, trade school, or law school as of the start of the spring 2020 semester.

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 15, 2020

TRADEMARK SCHOLARSHIP FAQ

  • What is the topic of the scholarship essay?
    We want students to consider what they will be known for when their career is over.  We want to know what your personal brand will be, and how you will impact society. Essays should be kept to 500 words or less.
     
  • What is the deadline for submission?
    Applications must be received by no later than Thursday, February 15, 2020.
     
  • When will the winner be selected and notified?
    A winner will be selected by no later than March 15, 2020.

Please click here to apply:  https://www.mandourlaw.com/trademark-scholarship/

Contact: Wyatt Denton

Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C. Essay Competition -- $1,000

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Philadelphia Injury Lawyers are known for obtaining high judgments in Court for victims of medical malpractice. We want to help the future generation of Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers with their education expenses by offering an annual $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be based on an essay competition with a topic focused on medical malpractice law.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • This scholarship is open to both graduate/law students and undergraduate students seeking to go to law school in the future. All applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate or graduate-level program.
  • All submissions should contain the authors name, address, phone number, current major and college.
  • All submissions should be emailed to medmalscholarship@gmail.com
  • All submissions must be in .pdf format
  • All submissions must be received by February 15, 2020.
  • Winner will be announced on our website on March 15, 2020

2020 ESSAY TOPIC

2 PARTS – MAX 1000 WORDS EACH

A. What does the future of medical malpractice law look like in the U.S.?

B. Why are you interested in pursuing a career in Medical Malpractice Law?

GUIDELINES

  • Only answer the question provided
  • Use online articles and caselaw to support your essay.
  • Proper grammar, spelling, and citations should be used.
  • All submissions will be checked for plagiarism.

For more information, please visit:  https://philly-injury-law.com/scholarship.html

Contact: Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C.

American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition -- $1,000

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Announcing the 2019-2020 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition:

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.

The deadline for entries is Friday, February 28, 2020, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the American Indian Law Review has proudly served Native and legal communities since 1973.  Each year at this time we encourage law students nationwide to participate in this, the longest-running competition of its kind.  Papers will be judged by a panel of Indian law scholars and by the editors of the Review.

For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, see the attached PDF rules sheet or the AILR writing competition website at http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.

Contact: Logan Blackmore

Marshall M. Schulman Writing Competition Scholarship--$1500

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 11:45pm N/A

MARSHALL M. SCHULMAN

2019-2020 COMPETITION FOR STUDENT PAPERS

IN CRIMINAL LAW AND/OR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

The Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyer’s Association (formerly the Criminal Law Section of the California State Bar) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools from Hawaii to the East Coast.

 GRAND PRIZE

  •  $1500 cash prize
  • The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

THREE HONORABLE MENTION PRIZES: 

  • $500 cash prize
  • Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition. First-year law students are encouraged to submit entries.

CONTEST RULES

The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. The paper should be original and scholarly. It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies. It need not be a law review “note”-style document; past winners have included articles about new developments in criminal procedure, sentencing alternatives, and other topics that can be discussed with more brevity.

Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words in length, including any citations, and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.

Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to each of the following Criminal Law Journal co-editors: 

Papers submitted to the 2019-2020 Criminal Law Section Student Paper Competition must be e-mailed no later than midnight, Monday, March 2, 2020. Submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail cover letter verifying the author’s current law school enrollment and authorizing the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar to publish the paper in the Criminal Law Journal. 

JUDGING

The papers will be judged by members of the Criminal Law Executive Committee, who will evaluate the papers on their originality and informational value, as well as the quality of the author’s legal research, writing and analysis. The decision of the judges is final.  Papers must be of publishable quality, and the Criminal Law Section reserves the right not to award one or more of the listed prizes, if, in the sole opinion of the judges, the papers submitted in the Competition do not meet its standards.

The Criminal Law Section reserves the right to edit the papers that are selected for publication.

For more information about the competition, please see http://calawyers.org/Sections/Criminal-Law/Student-Writing-Competition

Contact: Anne Perry

Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Scholarship -- $1,000

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

We are now accepting applications for our annual Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Annual Scholarship, worth $1,000. This recurring scholarship will be awarded to one full-time student each spring. Students must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college, university or accredited law school and excels in leadership and academics while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. Although pursuing a legal career is not required, it will be taken into consideration. We invite all eligible students to apply, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Application for this scholarship may be submitted by any US citizen enrolled as a full-time student from an accredited high school, community college, college or university or accredited law school.
  • A transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature for application to substantiate application.
  • Although not required, we recommend submitting at least one professional letter of recommendation along with a resume.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0

To apply, please visit:  https://khmnlaw.com/scholarship-application/

Deadline:  April 30, 2020

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Please do not call the firm regarding this scholarship. If you have questions regarding eligibility or your submitted application, we invite you to email us at seesley@khmnlaw.com.

Contact: Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office

2020 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition--$5,000

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 11:45pm N/A

Competition Details:
The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California. It is administered by Public Citizen.

Topic Guidance:
In your essay, COURT SECRECY may be treated broadly or very specifically. However, underlying your essay should be how secrecy may or may not affect unsafe products, problematic practices, or behavior that should be discouraged. For instance, you may consider the practice, risks, or remedies of entering into or signing documents such as: 1) protective orders; 2) confidentiality orders or agreements; or 3) non-disclosure agreements.

Essays may also discuss the benefits of any of these, as well as any existing or suggested limitations.

Essays also may (again at your discretion) address topics such as how subsequent courts should deal with or have dealt with items that have been made secret either by courts in prior related or unrelated litigation or between parties whose precise dispute is not before the court that must weigh the secrecy provided by the previously signed agreement or order.

For example, an essay could advocate that it should be considered unethical conduct for a lawyer or judge to sign a protective order or confidentiality agreement that does not make an exception for evidence of public safety hazards, dangerous product design, or unsafe practice.

Essays can also discuss secrecy imposed by forced arbitration agreements.

Submission Deadline:
Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility:
The competition is open to all current law students, post 2015 law graduates, and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible; if selected, the co-authors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Format:
Submissions must be emailed as Microsoft Word documents. They may be full-length law review articles or shorter academic essays and should use footnotes (not endnotes). The word count may be between 6,000 and 25,000 words, not including footnotes.

Judging Process:
A panel of lawyers, including law professors and practitioners, will judge the submissions based on depth of analysis, quality of writing, originality, and thoroughness.

Winning Submission and Prizes:
The winner will be notified by email. The winner will receive $5,000. Only one winning paper will be chosen and only one prize awarded.

Please contact Amanda Fleming, afleming@citizen.org with any questions.

Contact: Amanda Fleming

Legal Scholarship by Moses & Rooth, Attorneys at Law -- $1,000

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, an Orlando Criminal Defense Law Firm, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming first year or continuing Law Student. The scholarship is offered for the fall 2020 academic semester.

Essay Topic: Explain what you intend to do with your law degree, and how society will benefit.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020

Eligibility Requirements:

  • This scholarship will only be awarded to one incoming 1L or a currently enrolled Law Student
  • Hold a 3.0 or higher overall GPA
  • Must be a legal resident of the U.S.

For additional details, please visit:  https://www.mosesandrooth.com/legal-scholarship/

Contact: Moses & Rooth

Wagner & Wagner Civil Justice Scholarship -- $2,500

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Since 1945, Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law has helped to protect the rights of the injured. We take this role very seriously, because communities are always stronger when they work together. We believe that the legal community deserves our best and our brightest, to keep the civil justice system strong. For this reason, we are proud to offer the Wagner & Wagner Annual Scholarship Award. Each year, we will award $2,500 to an eligible law or pre-law student who is enrolled in, or has proof of upcoming enrollment in, an accredited college or university for the Fall semester. 

Scholarship award: $2,500

Deadline:  June 1, 2020

For more information, please visit:  https://www.wagnerinjury.com/civil-justice-scholarship-award/

Contact: Michael A. Wagner

Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship -- $5,000

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, we are guided by the principle that everyone is equal under the law, and that all people should have access to justice. In order ensure that our civil justice system is fair, just and open to all who need it, we need to support it from the ground up – and that means ensuring that strong, competent and educated attorneys are there for the people who need them the most.

That is why we are pleased to announce the Annual Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship. This award will be given to any incoming or current law student who is either currently enrolled, or who has accepted a place, in an accredited law school for the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year. This annual scholarship will be awarded at the end of July, and can be paid directly to the school upon the winner’s request. The award is non-transferable.

Scholarship award: $5,000

Eligibility and requirements:

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following no later than June 1, 2020.

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • One recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school (incoming IL students may submit a letter from a teacher from the previous year)
  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury

The scholarship will be awarded, and the student notified of his or her selection, prior to August 1, 2020.

Please fill out the application form found here. Any applications submitted after June 1, 2020 will not be considered. No incomplete applications will be considered. For questions about the scholarship, please contact scholarship@hlmlawfirm.com.

Contact: Harris Lowry Manton LLP

Cunningham & Mears Academic Scholarship -- $2,500

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Benjamin Franklin once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” At Cunningham & Mears, we know that to be true. We also know that for some students, pursuing an education can be a financial challenge. We want to help students achieve their goals by lightening their burden.

The Cunningham & Mears Academic Scholarship is an annual award of $2,500, presented by the firm, to a student who wishes to pursue the study of History or Law. The successful candidate must be enrolled in, or have proof of upcoming enrollment in, an accredited college, university, or law school for the upcoming academic school year. The scholarship can be paid directly to the institution upon the request of the student.

Scholarship amount: $2,500

Eligibility requirements:

Applicants must submit the following information in order to be considered eligible for the scholarship:

Proof of enrollment in the institution

  • A statement of financial need
  • 1 letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work
  • An essay of no more than 1000 words about why you chose to study History or Law
  • Applicants must fill out the fields below and upload the documentation there. If you have any questions, you may contact us GivingBack@cunninghamandmears.com. All application information will be kept confidential until a winner is chosen.

Please note: the award winner’s name and photo will be published on the site, and his or her essay may be used in an article about the scholarship.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 scholarship award. All applications must be completed and submitted in full by June 1, 2020 in order to be eligible for consideration. The award winner will be announced prior to August 1, 2020.

To apply, please visit:  https://www.cunninghamandmears.com/cunningham-mears-academic-scholarship/

Contact: Cunningham & Mears

Wagner & Wagner Civil Justice Scholarship -- $2,500

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Since 1945, Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law has helped to protect the rights of the injured. We take this role very seriously, because communities are always stronger when they work together. We believe that the legal community deserves our best and our brightest, to keep the civil justice system strong.

For this reason, we are proud to offer the Wagner & Wagner Annual Scholarship Award. Each year, we will award $2,500 to an eligible law or pre-law student who is enrolled in, or has proof of upcoming enrollment in, an accredited college or university for the Fall semester. We will announce the winners in July 2019. Upon the student’s request, the non-transferable award can be paid directly to the school.

Scholarship award: $2,500

Eligibility and requirements:

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following no later than June 1, 2020:

Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year

  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only)
  • One (1) essay up to 1,000 words on “The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation.”
  • Academic Transcripts from the current academic year (2019-2020)

We will award the scholarship and notify the winner proper to August 1, 2020. Please note that the we may choose to write about the winner on our website.

Incomplete applications, and applications uploaded after June 1, 2020, will not be considered. For questions about the scholarship, please contact scholarship@wagnerinjury.com.

For additional information, please visit:  https://www.wagnerinjury.com/civil-justice-scholarship-award/

Contact: Wagner & Wagner

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition -- $3,000

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 11:00pm N/A

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers sponsors a writing competition for law students, in conjunction with the ABA's Section of Labor & Employment Lawyers. A distinguished panel of attorneys from around the country will review the submitted papers written on current and relevant topics of labor and employment law. Please visit here to view the Announcement and Rules for this Competition.

Prizes are as follows:

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $500

The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the annual Continuing Legal Education program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing. 

Contact: Susan Wan

Cherepinskiy Law Firm Legal Scholarship -- $1,000

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:00pm n/a

Cherepinskiy Law Firm, PC offers its annual Legal Scholarship to one selected law school student. The scholarship award is $1,000. 

The last day to submit applications for the 2020–2021 school year is October 26, 2020.  Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by November 24, 2020.

The scholarship award can be used exclusively for tuition and education-related expenses (e.g. textbooks, case books, supplies, etc.) The recipient of the scholarship award will receive a check in the amount of $1,000, which will be made payable directly to the recipient’s law school.

For additional info, please visit: https://clawfirmpc.com/scholarship/

Contact: Alexandra Shef