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Expungement / Criminal Records Writing Competition – Late September Deadline

If you’re a current law student interested in criminal law, why not submit an entry in the Third Annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition. The topics for the competition are:

  • How to improve the expungement process in (state of your choice).
  • When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?
  • What effects do criminal records have on former offenders ability to re-assimilate?

The writing competition is sponsored by The Foundation for Continuing Justice and the law firm of Higbee & Associates. First place wins $2,000.  The submission deadline is September 30, 2020. Complete details here.

Got a Labor and Employment Law Paper to Submit?

Idea lightbulbThe Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section is sponsoring a law student writing competition with a submission deadline of June 30, 2020. While that might be a tight deadline to write something from scratch (and over the summer), if you have a labor and employment law paper or note that you’ve done recently, you might consider submitting it. The topic is entirely open within the field of labor and employment law, and the first place prize is $3,000.  Complete details through the OSBA.

“Morris Cohen” Legal History Essay Competition

Photograph of Morris Cohen.The Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale, A Cengage Company, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale and present the winning essay at an LHRB sponsored webinar.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 15 April 2019.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Tim Kearley (, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

Jeffcoat Law Firm Drunk Driving Essay Competition

The Jeffcoat Law Firm is hosting an essay competition for students.  Jeffcoat asks students to consider: “Has a drunk driver affected you or someone you know? How has it affected – or how could it affect – your own driving?” The Jeffcoat Firm invites students to share experiences and thoughts on this important issue and compete for one of two scholarship prizes worth a combined $1,500. The deadline is December 7, 2018.

Closing Argument Contest in Cleveland—Deadline Soon

The Landskroner Grieco Merriman Closing Argument Argument Contest is open to 2nd- and 3rd-year law students from Ohio law schools. Students will give a 15-minute closing argument in a civil case for the plaintiff, a catastrophically injured child. The argument will be on damages only; the fact pattern, exhibits, and demonstrative evidence will be furnished. The judges will include experienced trial lawyers with over 20 years of experience, media personalities, judicial officials, and child advocates.

The top three students will receive cash scholarship awards: $750 for 1st place, $500 for second place and $200 for third place. The competition is limited to 12 contestants.

To apply, contact Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC at 216-522-9000 and ask for Anathea or email Deadline for applications is September 24, 2018. Sponsored by The Landskroner Foundation for Children and Landskroner Grieco Merriman.