More Student Writing Competitions Added

Judicial Conference Scholarship Writing Competition

Sponsor: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association

General criteria:  Students should describe a current challenge affecting veterans and should include a proposed solution or means to address the challenge. Written submissions should be a minimum of 500 (but should not exceed 750) words. Suggested topics include suicide, claims processing, and increase in women veterans.

Deadline: February 25, 2013

Award: Five students will be selected to receive a paid registration ($275 value) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims 12th Judicial Conference – a two-day conference to be held on Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Washington at Metro Center (1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001). Winners will also receive free registration to the Bar Association's half-day component ($95 value) which will immediately follow in the afternoon on Friday, April 19. The Judicial Conference, which is expected to sell out, will include presentations from notable authorities in the field of Veterans Law.

Submission information: See flyer.


Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

General criteria: Any issue related to energy law—you may advocate a position, educate an audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc.  Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words in length.

Deadline: May 17, 2013

Amount of Award: $700 for 1st; $500 for 2nd; and $250 for 3rd.  In addition to the cash awards, winning entries will be published nationwide, as they have in past years, in one of the ABA committee electronic publications

Submission Information: See form.


25th Annual Law Student Essay Contest

Sponsor: American Judges Association

General criteria: Essays submitted must be under the topic of "Comparing Hearsay Rules in Different Courts."  All papers shall be the original, unpublished work of an individual student, but may have been prepared as a course assignment.

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Amount of award: First prize is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000.

Submission information: See