The National Law Review Law School Legal Writing Contest

June 24, 2020

Volume X, Number 176

National Law Review Writing Competition - an opportunity for law students.

National Law Review 2019-2020 Law Student Writing Competition
Rules and Submission Guidelines

The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.  No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.  Entries are reviewed September through May, when school is in session.

Entries must be submitted via email to lawschools@dlfjwz.cn by
5:00 pm Central Standard Time by the last day of the month.

  • Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.

  • Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

  • Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.

  • All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).

In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, may distribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)

Content Guidelines and Deadlines

Manuscript requirements


Congratulations to our
Law Student Writing Contest Winners

 

2020:

2019:

2018:

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2016:

2015:

2014:

Winter 2014:

Fall 2013:

Spring 2013:

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Fall 2012: 

    Why Students Should Submit Articles:

    • Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.

    • The student's photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.

    • Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.

    • Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications. 

    • Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.

    Content Guidelines and Deadlines

    Content Guidelines must be followed by all entrants to qualify. It is recommended that articles address the following monthly topic areas:

    Suggested Topics

    • President Trump and current administration
    • Tax Issues

    • Immigration enforcement and policy

    • Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accomodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

    *Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted.*

    Entries must be submitted via email to lawschools@dlfjwz.cn by
    5:00 pm Central Standard Time by the last day of the month.

    Articles will be judged by NLR staff members on the basis of readability, clarity, organization, and timeliness. Tone should be itative, but not overly formal. Ideally, articles should be straightforward and practical, containing useful information of interest to legal and business professionals. Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries merit selection for publication by NLR. All judges’ decisions are final. All submissions are subject to the NLR’s Terms of Use.

    Students are not required to transfer copyright ownership of their winning articles to the NLR. However, all articles submitted must be clearly identified with any applicable copyright or other proprietary notices. The NLR will accept articles previously published by another publication, provided the has the ity to grant the right to publish it on the NLR site. Do not submit any material that infringes upon the intellectual property or privacy rights of any third party, including a third party’s unlicensed copyrighted work.

    Manuscript Requirements

    • Format – HTML (preferred) or Microsoft® Word
       
    • Length – Articles should be no more than 5,500 words, including endnotes.
       
    • Endnotes and citations – Any citations should be in endnote form and listed at the end of the article. Unreported cases should include docket number and court. s are responsible for the accuracy and proper format of related cites. In general, follow the Bluebook. Limit the number of endnotes to only those most essential. s are responsible for accuracy of all quoted material.
       
    • Biography/Law School Information – Please submit the following:
      1. Full name of (First Middle Last)
      2. Contact information for , including e-mail address and phone number
      3. photo (recommended but optional) in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
      4. A brief professional biography of the , running approximately 100 words or 1,200 characters including spaces.
      5. The law school’s logo in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 300 pixels high or 300 pixels wide.
      6. The law school mailing address, main phone number, contact e-mail address, school Web site address, and a brief description of the law school, running no more than 125 words or 2,100 characters including spaces.

    To enter, an applicant and any co-s must be enrolled in an accredited law school within the fifty United States. Employees of The National Law Review are not eligible. Entries must include ALL information listed above to be considered and must be submitted to the National Law Review at lawschools@dlfjwz.cn. 

    Any entry which does not meet the requirements and deadlines outlined herein will be disqualified from the competition. Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone call at least one day prior to publication. Winners will be publicly announced on the NLR 凯8娱乐官方网站home page and via other media.  All prizes are contingent on recipient signing an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Release and Liability Waiver. The National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by The National Law Forum, LLC, d/b/a The National Law Review, 4700 Gilbert, Suite 47 (#230), Western Springs, IL 60558, 708-357-3317. This contest is void where prohibited by law. All entries must be submitted in accordance with The National Law Review Contributor Guidelines per the terms of the contest rules. A list of winners may be obtained by writing to the address listed above. There is no fee to enter this contest.

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