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A New Semester Begins

The Academic Success Team would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students.  We hope you had a wonderful summer and look forward to working with you throughout the semester.  Our department has grown again – both in square footage as well as new team members.  Please take a moment to get to know all the members of Coastal’s ASP team by visiting our earlier blog post here: http://fcsl.edu/blogs/academicsuccess/2011/02/01/meet-the-academic-success-team/.  If you ever have any questions or concerns about anything relating to law school, please don’t hesitate to stop in and visit with us.

Throughout the semester, check back often for information including ASP programming, writing competitions, and other important information.  Good luck this semester and we hope to see you soon!

Writing Competitions

For additional information, please follow the links by clicking on the competition titles.

MAY 

National Association of Women Lawyers - Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 15, 2011.
Topic: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.
Prize: $500 + publication.
Length:  No longer than 15 pages.

ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law / College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 15, 2011.
Topic:  Any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.
Prize: 1st place $1,500 + publication; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: Not over 20 pages.
SponsorCollege of Labor & Employment Lawyers.   

Judge John R. Brown Award
Deadline: May 20, 2011.
Papers must be submitted with a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional. See rules for details.
Topic: Any writing on a legal subject.
Prize: $10,000.
Length: No page limit.
Sponsor: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation.   

IADC Legal Writing Contest
Deadline:  May 20, 2011.
Topic:  Tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, dispute resolution, professional ethics, or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management or the defense of civil litigation.
Prize: 1st place $2,000; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: Suggested limit of 12,000 words.
Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel.  

Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 23, 2011.
Topic:  Issues confronting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex communities.
Prize: 1st place $1,000 + publication + expenses to attend Lavender Law; 2nd & 3rd place, registration for Lavender Law.
Length: Not over 25 pages.
Sponsor: National LGBT Bar Association.   

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Deadline: May 23, 2011.
Topic: Customs and international trade law.
Prize: 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $500.
Length: Not over 40 pages.
Sponsor: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School.   

Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 27, 2011.�
Eligibility:  Virginia residents attending any law school or students at Virginia law schools.
Topic:  Intellectual property law issues or practice.
Prize:  $4,000 + publication.
Length:  25-40 pages.
SponsorIntellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar.   

NAELA Elder Law Writing Competition
Deadline: May 30, 2011.
Topic: Legal issues affecting seniors or persons with disabilities.
Prize: 1st place $1,500; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.  The top eight articles will be published.
Length: Not over 35 pages.
Sponsor: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.    

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Long Paper Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2011.
Topic: Current legal issues relevant to the regulation of foods, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, or biologics.
Prize: 1st place $4,000; 2nd place $1,000.
Length: 41-100 pages.
Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Short Paper Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2011.
Topic: Current legal issues relevant to the regulation of foods, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, or biologics.
Prize: 1st place $4,000; 2nd place $1,000.
Length: Not over 40 pages.
Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Domestic Violence and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 31, 2011.
Topic:  Submissions must further the legal needs of domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes, and effects of intimate partner violence.
Prize:  1st place honorarium + publication + web publication; 2nd place web publication; 3rd place web publication.
Length:  Not over 7500 words.
SponsorABA Commission on Domestic Violence.  

Jacques Leroy International Prize
Deadline: May 31, 2011.�
Eligibility: Law students under 30 years old.  Submissions must be accompanied by a letter from a law professor.
Topic: Business and human rights.  Submissions may be more broad than the usual law-review type of article.
Prize: Cash prize of 1,000 euros, + expenses to present the paper at the annual congress of the UIA.
Length: 15,000-20,000 characters, plus a 2,000-character summary of the text.
SponsorUnion Internationale des Avocats.    

JUNE 

American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2011.
Topic: Topics vary annually.  The 2011 topic is “Must a minor student be given his or her rights, including a Miranda warning and the right to have a parent present, before being questioned by police on school grounds?”   �
Prize: 1st place $3,000; 2nd place $1,500; 3rd place $1,000.
Length: 10-25 pages.
Sponsor: American Judges Association and American Judges Foundation with the support of the National Court Reporters Association.   

Warren E. Burger Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Eligibility:  Law students and lawyers.  Joint entries are eligible.
Topic:  Aspects of legal excellence, civility, ethics, or professionalism of contemporary significance.
Prize: $5,000 + publication.
Length: 10,000–25,000 words.
Sponsor: American Inns of Court.   

Employee Benefits Writing Competition (Clarin M. Schwartz & Sidney M. Peristadt Memorial Awards)
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  Any legal topic involving employee benefits law, including but not limited to health or pension benefits, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, spousal and domestic partner benefits, and fiduciary obligations.
Prize:  Two awards of $1,500.
Length  Not over 40 pages.
SponsorAmerican College of Employee Benefits Counsel.    

K. William Kolbe Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  Annually on June 1.
Topic: Issues pertaining to Section’s legal areas, including the communications, cable, internet, electricity, gas, oil, aviation, motor carriers, railroad, and water industries.
Prize: $2,500 + expenses to attend Section’s Fall Council Group Meeting + online publication.
Length: Not over 50 pages.
Sponsor: ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law

Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  Issues of relevance to Asian Pacific Americans and the law, and more broadly on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.
Prize:  $1,500 + publication.
Length:  Not over 10,000 words, of which not over 6,000 may be text.
SponsorAsian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund

Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2011.
Topic: Any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice, or issues arising under any of the following statutes: Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, or any state statutes or municipal ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Prize: $300-$1,000, depending on whether multiple awards are given.
Length: 20 pages. Submissions should be trial-level or appellate briefs.
Sponsor: Mercer University School of Law.     

James William Moore Federal Practice Award
Deadline:  Annually on June 1.
Eligibility:  Articles must be nominated by a student publication.
Topic:  Federal civil practice and procedure, including federal courts management, federal appellate procedure, and appropriate dispute resolution.
Prize:  $2,000  + Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlet (4-volume set).  In addition, the law review submitting the winning article receives $1,000.
Sponsor: LexisNexis.   

Alice Paul Feminist Jurisprudence Writing Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2011.
Eligibility: Co-authored essays are eligible as well as those by a single author.
Topic: Feminist jurisprudence.
Prize: $1,000.
Length: Not over 50 pages.
Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law.  

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  Trusts and estates, broadly defined.  Eligible topics include business or charitable planning; elder law; employee benefits; fiduciary accounting, administration, income taxation, and litigation; estate planning; professional responsibility; substantive laws for gratuitous transmission of property; and wealth transfer taxation.
Prize: 1st place $5,000 + publication; 2nd place $3,000 + online publication; 3rd place $1,000 + online publication.
Length: 20-30 pages.
Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

2011 Legal Malpractice Writing Contest for Florida Law Students
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  A discussion of risk management practices to avoid a legal malpractice claim due to the integration of cloud computing into a law practice.
Prize: $500
Length: 5-10 pages.
Sponsor: Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

LatCrit Student Scholar Program
Deadline: June 6, 2011.
Topic: Race, ethnicity, and the law.
Length: Not over 10,000 words.
Prize: Expenses to attend LatCrit Annual Conference + publication.
Sponsor: LatCrit, Inc

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition 
Deadline:  June 6, 2011.
Topic:  Planning or areas of law germane to planning, such as land use, local government, or environmental law.
Prize: 1st place $2,500 + publication in The Urban Lawyer; 2nd place $1,000; up to 2 honorable mentions of $250.
Length: Not over 45 pages.
Sponsor: American Planning Association

Cultural Heritage Preservation Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 10, 2011.
Topic: Any aspect of cultural heritage law including cultural property, art law, historic preservation, indigenous cultures, and intangible heritage. Students may submit their own papers, or faculty may nominate student papers.
Prize: 1st place $1,000 + publication; 2nd place $500 + web publication.
Length: Not specified.
Sponsor: Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2011.
Topic: Dispute resolution practice, theory, or research.
Prize: $1,000 + online publication.
Length: 15-25 pages.
Sponsor: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Institute for Arbitration Law and Practice, Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  

RPTE Section Student Writing Contest, aka Jacques T. Schlenges Contest, aka Quarles & Brady Contest.
Deadline:  June 17, 2011.
Topic:  Current topics in real property, trust and estate law.
Prize: 1st place $2,500 +  expenses to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting; 2nd place $1,500; 3rd place $1,000.
Length: Not over 50 pages.
Sponsor: ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law.   

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2011.
Topic: Issues of current interest to the construction industry.
Prize: 1st place $2,000 + expenses to attend Forum’s Spring meeting.�
Length: Papers must be suitable for one of the forum’s two publications.  Those suitable for The Construction Lawyer must conform to law review style.  Those suitable for the newsletter Under Construction should be 1,000-2,000 words.
Sponsor: ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.    

Animals and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.
Topic:  Any area of animal law.
Prize:  1st place $1,000; 2nd place $500.
Length:  Not over 25 pages.
SponsorNew York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law.   

California Supreme Court Historical Society Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.
Topic:  Any aspect of California legal history from 1846 to the present, ranging from the California Supreme Court, its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance, including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, reorganization of the court system, and areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation.
Prize:  $2,500 + publication.  2nd and 3rd place winners may also be chosen.
Length:  Not over 6,000 words.
SponsorCalifornia Supreme Court Historical Society.      

Environmental Law Essay Contest
Deadline: June 30, 2011.
Topic: Environmental law topics of current interest to Michigan practitioners.
Prize: 1st place $2,000; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: 8–20 pages.
Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

George Hutchinson Writing Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2011.
Topic: Topics within the substance, procedure, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes patent and trademark decisions, government contract claims, International Trade Commission, Merit System appeals, and Veterans’ appeals.
Prize: $3,000.  Second and third place prizes may also be awarded.
Length: 20-50 pages.
Sponsor: Federal Circuit Bar Association.   

Edward F. Langs Writing Award
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.
Topic:  Information technology law.
Prize:  Up to three awards; a total of $1,500 to be divided between the authors of the winning essays.
Length: Minimum of 10 pages.
SponsorInformation Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.   

Robert C. Watson Award (formerly AIPLA Fellows Award)
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.  Jointly-authored papers are acceptable.
Topic:  Protection of intellectual property.
Prize:  $2,000 + expenses to attend the AIPLA’s annual meeting in October.
Length:  30-40 pages.
SponsorAmerican Intellectual Property Law Association.    

JULY

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award
Deadline:  Annually on July 1.
Topic:  The relationship between law, human rights, and the Holocaust.
Prize:  $500 Canadian.
Length: 7,500-10,000 words.
Sponsor: University of Alberta Faculty of Law

IAHA Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  July 1, 2011.�
Eligibility: Current Illinois residents attending any U.S. law school, and law students attending law schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, or Wisconsin.
Topic: Federal or Illinois health law; must address Illinois law in some manner.
Prize: 1st place $2,500; 2nd place $1,500; 3rd place $500.
Length: Not over 15 pages.
Sponsor: Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys.  

Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
Deadline:  Annually on July 1.�
Eligibility: Law students and scholars.
Topic:  Tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
Prize: $10,000.
Length: Article of any length, or book.
SponsorChicago-Kent College of Law

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Deadline: Annually on July 1.�
Eligibility: Any law student. Each paper must be sponsored by a law professor.
Topic: Technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed state or federal tax.
Prize: 1st place $5,000; 2nd place $2,500; 3rd place $1,500.
Length: 25–50 pages.
Sponsor: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and American College of Tax Counsel.   

Eisenberg Prize
Deadline: July 11, 2011.
Topic: Appellate practice and procedure. Articles must have been published in the 12 months preceding the deadline.
Prize: $2,000.
Length: Immaterial.
Sponsor: American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
Deadline: July 15, 2011.
Topic: One or more legal issues within the context of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education.
Prize: Publication + opportunity to present topic at the ELA’s annual conference.�
Length: 35-55 pages.
SponsorEducation Law Association.  

SEAFWA Wildlife and Conservation Law Writing Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2011.
Topic: Participants may select their own topic relating to fish and wildlife, habitat, or conservation law, or choose from the following topics: 1) Constitutional Issues relating to the State Regulation of Hunting and Fishing; 2) Criminal Law Issues Related to the Regulation of Hunting and Fishing; 3) Liability of States for Damage by Wildlife; 4) Privatization of Fish and Wildlife Resources; 5) Issues Arising Under the Endangered Species Act; 6) Regulation of Exotic Wildlife/Holding Wildlife as Pets/Exotic Wildlife Trade & Commerce.
Prize: Publication + opportunity to present topic at the SEAFWA’s annual conference.�
Length: Up to pages.

AUGUST

Paralyzed Veterans’ Legal Writing Competition
Deadline: August 1, 2011.
Eligibility: Law students, law professors, and law school graduates.  Joint entries are permitted.
Topic: Varies annually.  2011 topic:  “Should the Board of Veterans’ Appeals be modified, decentralized, or abolished?”
Prize: $3,000 each in student division and professional division.
Length: 15-30 pages.
Sponsor: Paralyzed Veterans of America.   

Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award
Deadline:  August 6, 2011.
Topic: Gaming law.  Paper must have been prepared for course credit.
Prize:  Two awards of $2,500.
Length:  3,000-5,000 words preferred.
SponsorInternational Association of Gaming Advisors

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  August 15, 2011.
Topic: Topics related to the annual symposium topics.  In 2011, the topics are international commercial arbitration, transnational litigation, and the intersection thereof. Papers need not discuss U.S. law.
Prize: $300.
Length: 15-40 pages.
SponsorCenter for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law

National Security Writing Competition
Deadline: August 15, 2011.
Topic: Varies annually.  2011 topic: “The Constitution and National Security — First Amendment Issues.”
Prize: $500 + publication + expenses to attend the Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference.  Attendance at conference is mandatory.
Length: Not over 5,000 words.
SponsorABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security.  

Freedom and Justice Legal Writing Competition
Deadline: August 26, 2011.
Topic: Varies annually: specified topics on legal issues pertaining to economic liberties.  2011 topic:  “To what extent does the Constitution limit the severit of the civil punishment that may be imposed on those convicted of a misdemeanor under the Park doctrine?”
Prize: Publication.
Length: Not over 2,400 words.�
SponsorWashington Legal Foundation.

Tips For Final Exam Preparation

Final exams are a necessary evil of law school.  With the exception of first-semester students, your reading week begins in just under a week, and final exams in just under two.  If you’re in your first semester then you have a few extra days.  Understandably, stress levels tend to escalate during this time but do your best to keep them under control.  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for exams and minimize your stress:

  1. Begin your studying with your last final first and work backwards.  When you sit for your first exam, you should already be prepared to sit for any of your exams.  This way the time in between finals is for review and practice instead of learning new material.
  2. Work through the material for a subject from start to finish.  Use supplements to explain and tie concepts together and be sure to incorporate practice (both essay and multiple choice) into your study routine.
  3. Create a detailed study schedule that specifically identifies what subject you’ll be studying, what source you’ll be using, when you’ll be doing practice questions, etc.  Be sure to spend an equal amount of time on all subjects.
  4. Attend all review sessions offered by your professors and/or TAs.
  5. Be sure to work in breaks while studying and get plenty of sleep.  If your sleep schedule is way off, start to get it back on track now – go to bed and wake up a little earlier each day – so that by test day you’re on schedule.

If you need any help creating a study schedule or plan of attack, please stop by the Academic Success suite to speak to a counselor. 

From the entire Academic Success team, GOOD LUCK on your final exams!!!

Writing Competitions

Below is a list of upcoming writing competitions.  For additional information, please follow the links by clicking on the competition titles.

 Good luck!

APRIL 

Admiralty and Maritime Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  April 8, 2011.
Topic:  Recent developments in admiralty and maritime law. 
Prize:  $500, + up to $500 in expenses to attend the ABA Annual Meeting.  
Length:  Not over 20 pages.

Endangered Environmental Laws Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  April 11, 2011.
Topic:  Recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a constitutional law or “federalism” element.  See sample topics at website.
Prize:  $2,000 + publication.
Length:  Not over 50 pages.

AALL/LexisNexis Law Librarianship Award, Student Division
Deadline: April 15, 2011.
Topic:  Any subject relevant to law librarianship.
Prize: $750, plus the opportunity to present paper at the AALL Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Student Division is open to students in law, library, or information management school.  There is also an open division and a new members division.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Deadline: April 15, 2010.
Topic: Any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.
Prize: $500, + expenses to attend the annual meeting of the AALS.
Length: Suggested length 20-35 pages.
Sponsor: Legal History and Rare Books Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.   

University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition 
Deadline:  April 15, 2011 for registration; paper deadline June 1, 2011.
Topic: Legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse. 
Prize: 1st place $750; 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250.
Length: 15-30 pages.

Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition 
Deadline:  April 15, 2011.
Topic: Any aspect of tax law.
Prize: 1st place $3,000 + web publication; two honorable mentions of $1,000.
Length: 25-30 pages. 

IDEA Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition
Deadline:  April 15, 2011. 
Topic:  Intellectual property.
Prize:  1st place $500 + publication; 2nd place $200.
Length:  Not specified. 

Tupper Lake Business Community Writing Competition
Deadline:  April 15, 2011.
Topic: Using the New York town of Tupper Lake as a model, analyze, review, develop and advance both New York and federal legal and equitable theories on behalf of businesses, with a focus on third-party advocacy groups.   
Prize: 1st place $7,500; 2nd place $2,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: 20-30 pages.

University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition 
Deadline:  April 15, 2011 for registration; paper deadline June 1, 2011.
Topic: Legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse. 
Prize: 1st place $750; 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250.
Length: 15-30 pages.
Sponsor: University of Connecticut School of Law.  

Virginia State Bar Health Law Section Writing Competition
Deadline: April 15, 2011. 
Eligibility:  Virginia residents attending any law school or students at Virginia law schools.
Topic:  Issues in the practice of health law, with preference to topics relevant to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel perspectives.
Prize:  $750 + publication.
Length:  2,000-2,500 words.
Sponsor:  Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.    

Inter-American Bar Association Competition /Best Paper Award
Deadline: April 20, 2011.
Eligibility: Must have been a member of IABA for at least 30 days before summer conference.
Topic: International law topics, especially those dealing with specific conference themes. 
Prize: Not specified.
Length: Not specified.
Sponsor: Inter-American Bar Association.  

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Deadline: April 22, 2011 for participant number; April 29, 2011 for submitting paper.
Topic: Family law subjects of national interest.
Prize: Possible publication + complimentary membership in ABA Section of Family Law.
Length: Not over 28 pages.

William W. Greenhalgh Writing Competition
Deadline: April 25, 2011.
Topic: Any timely and important issue of American criminal constitutional procedure of interest to practitioners of criminal law.
Prize: $2,000 + expenses to attend Section’s annual meeting. All entrants receive one year’s free membership in the ABA Section of Criminal Justice.
Length: Not over 4,000 words.

National Law Review Writing Competition
Deadline: Monthly competition.  May issue deadline April 25, 2011.
Topic: Varies monthly.  May issue topic: Tax Law.
Prize: Publication.
Length: Not over 5,500 words. 
Sponsor: National Law Review.  

National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies Conference Call for Papers 
Deadline: April 29, 2011.
Topic: Multi-disciplinary topics relating to any aspect of the Hispanic and Latino experience.
Prize: None, but abstracts accepted will be presented at the Western Regional Conference on September 29-October 1, 2011.
Length:  The call for papers is for abstracts not to exceed 2 pages.  Presentations may be for 25 or 45 minutes.
Sponsor: National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: April 29, 2011.
Eligibility:  Co-authored essays are eligible, as well as single-author essays.
Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Prize: $2,500.
Length: Not over 50 pages.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Writing Competition
Deadline: April 30, 2011.
Eligibility: Law student members of the ABA as of the time of submission.
Topic: Recent developments in alternative dispute resolution, covering topics of national rather than local interest.
Prize: $500, publication, and up to $500 to cover attendance at a meeting of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.
SponsorAlternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.  

NACTT Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  April 30, 2011.
Topic:  Any topic concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Prize:  $1,000 + publication.
Length:  Not over 15 pages.

MAY

ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 1, 2011.
Topic: Procedural or substantive issues in international investment arbitration.
Prize: $1,000 + publication.
Length:  10-15 pages.
Sponsor:  International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

National Association of Women Lawyers - Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 1, 2011.
Topic: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.
Prize: $500 + publication.
Length:  No longer than 15 pages.

NACC Law Student Essay Competition
Deadline: May 1, 2011.
Topic: Legal interests of children.
Prize: $1,000 + scholarship to attend NACC conference + publication.
Length: 10,000 words.
Sponsor: National Association of Counsel for Children.  

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 1, 2011.
Topic:  Women’s rights or the status of women in the law.
Prize:  $500 + publication.
Length:  Not over 15 pages.
SponsorNational Association of Women Lawyers

Nonsmokers’ Rights Legal Research and Writing Competition
Deadline for proposal: May 1, 2011 (earlier submissions have a better chance of receiving travel grants).
Topic: Ideas for using legal action to advance nonsmokers’ rights.
Length: Initial proposal of not over 1,000 words. Thirty finalists will be invited to make oral presentations.
Prize: 1st place $5,000; 2nd place $3,000; 3rd place $1,000.
Thirty finalists will receive a $1,000 travel grants to attend the June 2010 World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights, present their proposals, and have web publication of their proposals.
Sponsor: National Center for Nonsmokers Rights.   

ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law / College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 15, 2011.
Topic:  Any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.
Prize: 1st place $1,500 + publication; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: Not over 20 pages.
SponsorCollege of Labor & Employment Lawyers.   

Judge John R. Brown Award
Deadline: May 20, 2011.
Papers must be submitted with a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional. See rules for details.
Topic: Any writing on a legal subject.
Prize: $10,000.
Length: No page limit.
Sponsor: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation.   

IADC Legal Writing Contest
Deadline:  May 20, 2011.
Topic:  Tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, dispute resolution, professional ethics, or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management or the defense of civil litigation.
Prize: 1st place $2,000; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: Suggested limit of 12,000 words.
Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel.  

Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 23, 2011.
Topic:  Issues confronting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex communities.
Prize: 1st place $1,000 + publication + expenses to attend Lavender Law; 2nd & 3rd place, registration for Lavender Law.
Length: Not over 25 pages.
Sponsor: National LGBT Bar Association.   

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Deadline: May 23, 2011.
Topic: Customs and international trade law.
Prize: 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $500.
Length: Not over 40 pages.
Sponsor: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School.   

Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 27, 2011. 
Eligibility:  Virginia residents attending any law school or students at Virginia law schools.
Topic:  Intellectual property law issues or practice.
Prize:  $4,000 + publication.
Length:  25-40 pages.
SponsorIntellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar.   

NAELA Elder Law Writing Competition
Deadline: May 30, 2011.
Topic: Legal issues affecting seniors or persons with disabilities.
Prize: 1st place $1,500; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.  The top eight articles will be published.
Length: Not over 35 pages.
Sponsor: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.    

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Long Paper Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2011.
Topic: Current legal issues relevant to the regulation of foods, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, or biologics.
Prize: 1st place $4,000; 2nd place $1,000.
Length: 41-100 pages.
Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Short Paper Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2011.
Topic: Current legal issues relevant to the regulation of foods, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, or biologics.
Prize: 1st place $4,000; 2nd place $1,000.
Length: Not over 40 pages.
Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Domestic Violence and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline:  May 31, 2011.
Topic:  Submissions must further the legal needs of domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes, and effects of intimate partner violence.
Prize:  1st place honorarium + publication + web publication; 2nd place web publication; 3rd place web publication.
Length:  Not over 7500 words.
SponsorABA Commission on Domestic Violence.  

Jacques Leroy International Prize 
Deadline: May 31, 2011. 
Eligibility: Law students under 30 years old.  Submissions must be accompanied by a letter from a law professor.
Topic: Business and human rights.  Submissions may be more broad than the usual law-review type of article.
Prize: Cash prize of 1,000 euros, + expenses to present the paper at the annual congress of the UIA.
Length: 15,000-20,000 characters, plus a 2,000-character summary of the text.
SponsorUnion Internationale des Avocats.    

JUNE

American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2011.
Topic: Topics vary annually.  The 2011 topic is “Must a minor student be given his or her rights, including a Miranda warning and the right to have a parent present, before being questioned by police on school grounds?”    
Prize: 1st place $3,000; 2nd place $1,500; 3rd place $1,000.
Length: 10-25 pages.
Sponsor: American Judges Association and American Judges Foundation with the support of the National Court Reporters Association.   

Warren E. Burger Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Eligibility:  Law students and lawyers.  Joint entries are eligible.
Topic:  Aspects of legal excellence, civility, ethics, or professionalism of contemporary significance.
Prize: $5,000 + publication.
Length: 10,000–25,000 words.
Sponsor: American Inns of Court.   

Employee Benefits Writing Competition (Clarin M. Schwartz & Sidney M. Peristadt Memorial Awards)
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  Any legal topic involving employee benefits law, including but not limited to health or pension benefits, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, spousal and domestic partner benefits, and fiduciary obligations.
Prize:  Two awards of $1,500.
Length  Not over 40 pages.
SponsorAmerican College of Employee Benefits Counsel.    

K. William Kolbe Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  Annually on June 1.
Topic: Issues pertaining to Section’s legal areas, including the communications, cable, internet, electricity, gas, oil, aviation, motor carriers, railroad, and water industries.
Prize: $2,500 + expenses to attend Section’s Fall Council Group Meeting + online publication.
Length: Not over 50 pages.
Sponsor: ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law

Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  Issues of relevance to Asian Pacific Americans and the law, and more broadly on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.
Prize:  $1,500 + publication.
Length:  Not over 10,000 words, of which not over 6,000 may be text.
SponsorAsian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund

James William Moore Federal Practice Award 
Deadline:  Annually on June 1.
Eligibility:  Articles must be nominated by a student publication.
Topic:  Federal civil practice and procedure, including federal courts management, federal appellate procedure, and appropriate dispute resolution.
Prize:  $2,000  + Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlet (4-volume set).  In addition, the law review submitting the winning article receives $1,000.
Sponsor: LexisNexis.   

Alice Paul Feminist Jurisprudence Writing Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2011.
Eligibility: Co-authored essays are eligible as well as those by a single author.
Topic: Feminist jurisprudence.
Prize: $1,000.
Length: Not over 50 pages.
Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law.  

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 1, 2011.
Topic:  Trusts and estates, broadly defined.  Eligible topics include business or charitable planning; elder law; employee benefits; fiduciary accounting, administration, income taxation, and litigation; estate planning; professional responsibility; substantive laws for gratuitous transmission of property; and wealth transfer taxation.
Prize: 1st place $5,000 + publication; 2nd place $3,000 + online publication; 3rd place $1,000 + online publication.
Length: 20-30 pages.
Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition 
Deadline:  June 6, 2011.
Topic:  Planning or areas of law germane to planning, such as land use, local government, or environmental law.
Prize: 1st place $2,500 + publication in The Urban Lawyer; 2nd place $1,000; up to 2 honorable mentions of $250.
Length: Not over 45 pages.
Sponsor: American Planning Association

Cultural Heritage Preservation Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 10, 2011.
Topic: Any aspect of cultural heritage law including cultural property, art law, historic preservation, indigenous cultures, and intangible heritage. Students may submit their own papers, or faculty may nominate student papers.
Prize: 1st place $1,000 + publication; 2nd place $500 + web publication.
Length: Not specified.
Sponsor: Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2011.
Topic: Dispute resolution practice, theory, or research.
Prize: $1,000 + online publication.
Length: 15-25 pages.
Sponsor: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Institute for Arbitration Law and Practice, Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  

RPTE Section Student Writing Contest, aka Jacques T. Schlenges Contest, aka Quarles & Brady Contest.
Deadline:  June 17, 2011.
Topic:  Current topics in real property, trust and estate law.
Prize: 1st place $2,500 +  expenses to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting; 2nd place $1,500; 3rd place $1,000.
Length: Not over 50 pages.
Sponsor: ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law.   

Animals and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.
Topic:  Any area of animal law.
Prize:  1st place $1,000; 2nd place $500.
Length:  Not over 25 pages.
SponsorNew York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law.   

California Supreme Court Historical Society Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.
Topic:  Any aspect of California legal history from 1846 to the present, ranging from the California Supreme Court, its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance, including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, reorganization of the court system, and areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation.
Prize:  $2,500 + publication.  2nd and 3rd place winners may also be chosen.
Length:  Not over 6,000 words.
SponsorCalifornia Supreme Court Historical Society.      

Environmental Law Essay Contest
Deadline: June 30, 2011.
Topic: Environmental law topics of current interest to Michigan practitioners.
Prize: 1st place $2,000; 2nd place $1,000; 3rd place $500.
Length: 8–20 pages.
Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

George Hutchinson Writing Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2011.
Topic: Topics within the substance, procedure, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes patent and trademark decisions, government contract claims, International Trade Commission, Merit System appeals, and Veterans’ appeals.
Prize: $3,000.  Second and third place prizes may also be awarded.
Length: 20-50 pages.
Sponsor: Federal Circuit Bar Association.   

Edward F. Langs Writing Award
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.
Topic:  Information technology law.
Prize:  Up to three awards; a total of $1,500 to be divided between the authors of the winning essays.
Length: Minimum of 10 pages.
SponsorInformation Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.   

Robert C. Watson Award (formerly AIPLA Fellows Award)
Deadline:  June 30, 2011.  Jointly-authored papers are acceptable.
Topic:  Protection of intellectual property.
Prize:  $2,000 + expenses to attend the AIPLA’s annual meeting in October.
Length:  30-40 pages.
SponsorAmerican Intellectual Property Law Association.    

JULY

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award
Deadline:  Annually on July 1.
Topic:  The relationship between law, human rights, and the Holocaust.
Prize:  $500 Canadian.
Length: 7,500-10,000 words.
Sponsor: University of Alberta Faculty of Law

IAHA Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline:  July 1, 2011. 
Eligibility: Current Illinois residents attending any U.S. law school, and law students attending law schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, or Wisconsin.
Topic: Federal or Illinois health law; must address Illinois law in some manner.
Prize: 1st place $2,500; 2nd place $1,500; 3rd place $500.
Length: Not over 15 pages.
Sponsor: Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys.  

Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
Deadline:  Annually on July 1. 
Eligibility: Law students and scholars.
Topic:  Tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
Prize: $10,000.
Length: Article of any length, or book.
SponsorChicago-Kent College of Law

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Deadline: Annually on July 1. 
Eligibility: Any law student. Each paper must be sponsored by a law professor.
Topic: Technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed state or federal tax.
Prize: 1st place $5,000; 2nd place $2,500; 3rd place $1,500.
Length: 25–50 pages.
Sponsor: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and American College of Tax Counsel.   

Eisenberg Prize
Deadline: July 11, 2011.
Topic: Appellate practice and procedure. Articles must have been published in the 12 months preceding the deadline.
Prize: $2,000.
Length: Immaterial.
Sponsor: American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
Deadline: July 15, 2011.
Topic: One or more legal issues within the context of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education.
Prize: Publication + opportunity to present topic at the ELA’s annual conference. 
Length: 35-55 pages.
SponsorEducation Law Association.  

SEAFWA Wildlife and Conservation Law Writing Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2011.
Topic: Participants may select their own topic relating to fish and wildlife, habitat, or conservation law, or choose from the following topics: 1) Constitutional Issues relating to the State Regulation of Hunting and Fishing; 2) Criminal Law Issues Related to the Regulation of Hunting and Fishing; 3) Liability of States for Damage by Wildlife; 4) Privatization of Fish and Wildlife Resources; 5) Issues Arising Under the Endangered Species Act; 6) Regulation of Exotic Wildlife/Holding Wildlife as Pets/Exotic Wildlife Trade & Commerce.
Prize: Publication + opportunity to present topic at the SEAFWA’s annual conference. 
Length: Up to pages.

Bar Coaching Kickoff Week

 Dear Students,

The Academic Success Department wants to remind you that this week is the Bar Prep Kickoff Week!  Each day of the week an event for bar prep is held.  Please see the flyer below for more details about the individual events and the target groups. We look forward to seeing you at the events!

Schedule of Events

FCSL Bar Prep Kickoff Week

 

Date/Time Event Other information
Monday, 03/28/11

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

1L Bar Application Seminar

Cupcakes will be served! 

Room 250

Start your bar application  to receive the

Florida Bar Examination first year discount !

Bring your materials and   

your log in and password.

Tuesday, 03/29/11

12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.

Mythbusters

Box lunches will be served! 

Room 250

Hear the  myths busted and the realities of the bar examination explained.

Wednesday, 03/30/11

12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.

3L Bar Application Seminar

 

Pizza will be served!

Room 575

Start or complete your bar application.

Bring your materials and   

your log in and password

Thursday, 03/31/11

11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m.

Bar Prep Thursdays

Wings will be served!

Atrium

Ask questions about Bar Applications & Bar Preparation/Coaching

Thursday, 03/31/11

5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

Bar Coaching Kickoff Event

for May 2011 graduates

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served!

Atrium

Mingle with the Bar Coaches, Faculty, and

Alumni.

5 1/2 Weeks Left! What are you doing to prepare?

Some of you may be following the Three Tiered Study Method and as a result you have consistently reviewed your class material throughout the semester in addition to learning new material.  Keep doing this! 

If you have not been reviewing throughout the semester, now is the time to kick it into high gear. 

Create a study schedule for the next 5 ½ weeks that makes (1) time for intensive review of the material you have already covered; (2) time for condensing your outlines; (3) time for memorizing rules, and (4) time for PRACTICE.

Intensive Review:  Go through everything you have learned to date for each substantive course and make sure that you truly understand the material.  You may need to set aside several blocks of time for each subject.  You may need to review supplements or make an appointment with your Professor to discuss areas of confusion.  You need to focus on both the details and the big picture.  Ask yourself how each topic relates within the context of the entire course.

Condense your Outlines:  At this point in the semester many of your outlines may be getting pretty long.  So how long should they be?  While it depends to a degree on the class, generally you should be able to read over your outline a few times a day.  If that isn’t possible then it is probably too long.  And, since you still have 5 ½ weeks to go, your outlines will only get longer if you don’t start condensing them now. 

You may also want to consider creating “attack outlines” from your main outlines.   Attack outlines isolate and detail some of the more common issues you are likely to face on the exam and can give you a good jumping off point for creating a “generic answer” to that issue before you even set foot into the exam room.

Memorize Rules:  Now is also the time to start memorizing rules.  Use the method or methods that have worked for you in the past:  flashcards, repetition, mnemonics, etc.    

PRACTICE:  Finally, if you have not already started to practice, you need to start now.  There are many benefits to practice.  It gets you comfortable with the exam format and will ease your anxiety when the day of the final actually comes.  It also allows you to work on your writing and organization.  Most importantly, practice is the only way you can determine how well you really understand the material.  This in turn can help you to study smart during these last 5 weeks and focus in on your weak areas. 

Good Luck!  And remember, if you have any questions or need help developing your study plan for the weeks ahead, come by Academic Success and meet with a Counselor.

Use Your Spring Break Wisely

With Spring Break just a few short days away, it may be wise to keep a few things in mind.

(1) Don’t squander all that free time!  While it may be tempting to take the entire week off, I strongly encourage you to rethink that option.  Being away from the substantive material for that length of time can be prohibitive when you begin to study for final exams.  Instead, allow yourself a few days to relax and recharge without guilt, but then be sure you get back to the material no later than mid-week.  If you are very far behind in your work, you may not be able to take as much time off.

(2) Use spring break as an opportunity to dig into supplements to help you understand those topics that have been giving you some trouble.  Ideally you would completely understand every topic your professor has covered in each and every class.  Realistically though, we all know that’s not the case.  Rather than overwhelming yourself and saying you’re going to review everything, choose those specific topics that are most challenging for you and take back control of your studying.

(3) Get on track with your outlines, flashcards, charts, etc.  Hopefully you have already begun to gather all your class information into a usable course summary.  Whether you just have to update your outlines, or start them from scratch, spring break is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with each of your classes.  As a bonus: use those course summaries to work on some practice questions (both essay and multiple choice) to test your knowledge and the quality of your outline all at the same time.  Remember, the Academic Success counselors are here to help.  Whenever you write extra practice essays, schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor to get feedback on your work.

(4) Get ahead of the game.  If your outlines are up to date and you’ve worked through a sufficient amount of practice questions, use this time to get ahead in your work.  Read a few extra class assigments so you’re prepared for class.  Create a skeleton outline of the remaining material based on your class syllabus so that all you have to do is fill in the details to keep your outline up to date.

(5) Figure out a plan of attack for the rest of the semester.  April 26th is the last day of class this semester (May 2nd if you’re a Spring admit).  That means that after spring break, you only have 5 1/2 weeks (or 6 for Spring admits) remaining until classes end and finals begin.  Now is the time to start thinking about when you’ll start studying for finals and how you’re going to budget your time.

When you come back to class after spring break, you should be completely caught up with everything.  You should not be thinking, “Oh, I just have that one other thing to finish…”  There is not time to play catch-up after the break.  Therefore, use your time wisely.  When you’re back from break, stay on top of things for the remaining weeks of the semester.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to come speak to a member of our team.  Most importantly, have a safe spring break; we look forward to seeing you all again on the 21st!