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Scholarships & Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions:

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest - Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses. Deadline December 31, 2014.

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law writing competition - Topic: Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.  Deadline January 15, 2015

Mendes Hershman Award - The papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Depending on the topic, prior publication, and other factors, a previously unpublished first place winning essay may be considered for publication in a Section publication. Deadline January 9, 2015.

The 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition - Entrants must identify research and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. Deadline January 6, 2015.

Animal Law Writing Contest - A scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law. Deadline Februrary 15, 2015.

2014-2015 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Compeition - Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.  Deadline January 20, 2015.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition - Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, legal analysis, quality of research, frequency of detailed and helpful footnotes identifying primary source materíals wherever available, grammar, spellíng, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, strength of writing, strength of advocacy of competing viewpoints, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law. Deadline May 15, 2015.

The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competiton - Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or propsed US federal or state tax or US federal or state taxation system. Deadline July 1, 2015


Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship - The Asian Heritage Law Scholarship is open to any student who will be attending their first year of law school by the fall of 2015 or are already in law school. Candidates are asked to write a short essay describing how their background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced their choice to go to law school and how they plan to use their law degree. Deadline January 12, 2015

Donald W. Diversity Banner Scholarship - Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. are eligible to apply for the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship.   Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.  Deadline January 5, 2015.

Buckfire & Buckfire, Diversity Scholarship - Recipient is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.  Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.  Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school. Deadline May 31, 2015.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness/Law School Scholarship - Applicants must meet the following criteria: Be a current or incoming law student at an accredited U.S. law school who has been affected by or dealing with issues related to lymphoma or leukemia (either himself/herself or a family member).  Be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.  Be able to show proof of academic achievement with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 from undergraduate or current law school work.  Deadline April 30, 2015.

Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship - The scholarship intends to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer.  Recipient is a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States; Recipient is accepted, and will be attending law school in the fall of the same year following the application; Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline  July 15, 2015.

Bond & Botes Financial Hardship Scholarship -The $2,000 Financial Hardship Scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen attending the first year of law school this fall, with an undergraduate cumulative GPA at or above 3.0. Applicants are asked to submit a short essay describing how they have overcome financial difficulties in their lives. Deadline July 2015.

Wheelchair Disabililty Scholarship - At Bell Law Group, we’ve seen first-hand how limited mobility can be a major challenge in workplaces as well as academic settings.  We’ve created this scholarship to help raise awareness about mobility issues and help to educate employers and employees alike on the importance of reasonable accommodations. Deadline February 28, 2015.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship - The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Deadline March 2, 2015.
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship Programs - A law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools listed below and who can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these scholarships. Deadline February 28, 2015.