WHY PIPELINE PROGRAMS TARGETING STUDENTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED RACIAL AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION
•To Promote Diversity in Law Schools and in the Legal Profession •
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).
For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession.
Include a cover page with your submission. The cover should only contain the author’s name, title of the paper, mailing address, law school affiliation, law school status (lL, 2L, 3L/4L), a telephone number where the author may easily be reached, and an email address. To allow anonymous evaluations, please do not put your name on the actual paper. The title on the paper must precisely match the title on the cover page that contains the identifying information described above. Email entries here. Only electronic files (PDF or Word) will be accepted.
A panel of law school faculty, legal writing instructors, and LSAC diversity committee members will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets the standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide either not to issue an award or publish a paper. The panel’s decision will be final.
All papers must be sent no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC, and LSAC will retain the copyright of any winning papers selected for publication.
Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.
Eligibility: Current JD candidates who are in good standing at LSAC member law schools.
Length and Format: Up to 20 pages (5,000 words or less), 8½ by 11 inch paper, double spaced, 1-inch margins, Word format, 12-point font, with endnotes written in “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Blue Book) format.
Evaluation Criteria Essays will be judged according to:
Awards: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at DiscoverLaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.
Questions: Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives office via email.
The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:
The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks from May 22 to July 28, 2017. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly basis.
Applicants must be members of NAWL. They need to be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The applicant must be scheduled for graduation in spring 2019 (full-time students) or spring 2020 (part-time students). The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.
Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s office in Newark, New Jersey.
How to Apply:
To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript to:
National Association of Women Lawyers
321 North Clark Street, MS 19.1
Chicago, IL 60654
Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 PM CT on January 25, 2017. The finalist shall be selected and notified by a Prudential HR staff member on or before March 13, 2017.]]>
The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website.
The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.
The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement “bid protests,” Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.
Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website.
Entry deadline is July 14, 2017.]]>
OPEN TO: Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017.
SUBMIT BY: June 1, 2017.
UP TO TWO PRIZES:
Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award $1,500
Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500
Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on October 14, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College’s Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.
For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Brian Dougherty or consult the website.
Writing Prize Rules:
Questions concerning the Competition should be directed to Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee.
NAWL will post all submissions that are suitable for posting on its YouTube channel. The three videos with the highest number of views by February 1, 2017 will be declared the winners. The winning videos will be shown at NAWL’s Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago on March 10, 2017 and may be shown at future programs focused on what “Women Lawyers Succeeding!” means today.
Contest Rules and Requirements:
Videos must be submitted via Dropbox. The contest release and entry form may be sent directly via email.
Students can learn more by visiting our website or clicking here.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 31, 2016]]>
The competition invites law students to write a 3,000 word essay about an issue currently facing the music industry and propose a solution. Winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers in music, entertainment media, and beyond.
This contest is open to juris doctor candidates currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. LL.M. and any other advanced degree candidates are not eligible.
For specific details and information, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.
The goal of the competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Forum. It is also intended to attract students to the affordable housing, community development or pro bono practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these fields.
Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition detailed herein.
Open to all law students who are at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in a law school that is at the time of entry, ABA Accredited, (b) members of the ABA and the Forum, (c) at least 18 years old, and (d) U.S. citizens. Employees of the ABA, its respective affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition.
Entries should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law. Please visit the website that includes detailed information on the 2017 Writing Competition.
Program Length: May 30, 2017 through August 11, 2017. Firms and agencies are encouraged to place an intern for a minimum of at least 6 weeks.
Work Schedules: 20 to 40 hours per week. All work schedules are to be determined independently by the intern and employer.
Pay Rates: Firms will pay a minimum of $15.00 per hour. Each participating firm will determine its own pay rate.
To see the Law Student Application, along with the DIP Program Bullet Points and the Intern Outline & Tips for Success Guide which provides more information about the application process and expectations for the program, visit the website.
This is a unique opportunity to show law students’ potential to their future colleagues and employers. The Award is open to any law students who are still enrolled at any university worldwide at the time the Paper is submitted.
Participating is very easy and can make future lawyers fly very high! Make sure you spread the word and encourage THE best international future lawyers to participate.
For details, please visit the website.]]>
The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.
Each month’s entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.
Submissions are now being accepted.
Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted.
How to Submit:
Entries for the November contest must be submitted via email by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time November 30, 2016. Winners will be published in early December.
For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to:Submission Guidelines.
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.
See website for additional details.