Free Continuing Legal Education Courses for Law Students

Sterling Education Services, Inc. is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. The company is holding the following seminars in Florida and would like to offer five law students free scholarship-passes to each seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and they also get an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys. This is a win-win situation.

  • “Landlord-Tenant Law” in Tampa on January 11, 2011
  • “Beyond the Basics in Employment Law” in Ft. Lauderdale on January 12, 2011
  • “Beyond the Basics in Employment Law” in Orlando on January 19, 2011
  • “Fundamentals of Employment Law” in Pensacola on January 15, 2011

Scholarship-passes are available on a first-come first-serve basis and students must register to receive the scholarship-passes.  UM Law students interested in attending one of these programs should email the Career Development Office for more information.

Wildlife and Conservation Law Writing Contest

The Wildlife and Conservation Law Writing Contest is sponsored by the Legal Committee of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (“SEAFWA”). SEAFWA is an organization whose members are the state agencies primarily responsible for the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources in the 16 southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Member states include Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas. The Legal Committee is composed of attorneys representing the members.

The winning paper will be published at the SEAFWA Annual Conference on October 22-26, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The winner will receive up to $1,000.00 to defray the cost of a trip to the conference to present the paper.

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 and commerce.

Papers will be judged by a panel of legal committee members based on:

1) Substantive content (papers subject to a 25-page maximum on text)

2) Clarity

3) Style

Students interested in preparing for a future in fish and wildlife conservation who attend an ABA accredited law school in a SEAFWA state or who are legal residents of a SEAFWA state may submit papers no later than July 31, 2011 to:

Sheryl Holtman, General Counsel

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

P.O. Box 40747

Nashville, TN 37204

For information on the SEAFWA and the annual conference, see

Epstein Becker & Green Thirteenth Annual Health Law Writing Competition

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., a national firm engaged in the practice of health care and life sciences law, is pleased to announce its Thirteenth Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded for the three best papers.  First place will win $4,000, 2nd place will win $2,000 and third place will win $500.

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate), or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Additional information and an official entry form can be found online.  Competition entries are due by January 21, 2011.

‘Tis the Season of Writing Competitions

Regular readers may have noticed that the most recent blog postings have all been for writing competitions.  That is no coincidence:  this really is the season of writing competitions.

Writing competitions are excellent opportunities for students.  Not only can you bolster your resume if you are selected as a winner but often you are presented with fabulous networking opportunities whether through conversing with the panel of judges or at an event where you are presented your award.  Entering and winning writing competitions can also show your dedication to a particular area of the law and often, a paper you used for a class or writing requirement can be used, so you may have already done the work required!

Take a look at the various writing competitions recently posted on the blog.  To search for all writing competitions, click on the “writing competition” category to your right.  Good luck!

2011 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

The ABA Business Law Section is sponsoring its 25th annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest to encourage and reward law students writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.


1st place:  $2,500

2nd place:  $1,000

3rd place:  $500
All winners will be invited and subsidized to attend the Section Spring Meeting 2011 in Boston, MA to receive their award.

Submission Process

Papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long, but should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes. Students need not be members of the Business Law Section to participate.
All entries must be submitted electronically by January 14, 2011Click here to download a cover form to be included with your entry. For more information click here.

Thinking about the Foreign Service?

Free Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Test Selection Process

Prep Session – Monday, January 17, 2011

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A free Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) and Oral Assessment (FSOA) Prep Session will be held on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Florida International University’s Graham Center, room 316, on the Modesto Maidique campus (MMC) located at 11200 SW 8th St., Miami.

This is designed for individuals planning to take the FSOT and/or the FSOA in the near future.  The evening will be a discussion of the overall FSOT selection process.  The FSOT portion will include a review of the five career tracks, and a discussion of the written test and essay. The FSOA portion will discuss the three components of the oral assessment.

More information can be obtained at the U.S. Department of State’s employment website:

The Levit Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers

The Levit Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers

Contest Deadline & Information

Deadline for Submission
ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on February 18, 2011.
MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by February 18, 2011.

Contest Mission
The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.

* Cash award of $5,000.
* All expense paid trip to the Spring 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Boston, MA on April 27-29.

The Bert W. Levit Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. The 2011 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

The Assignment
The 2011 Contest Essay Hypothetical concerns whether a party who has engaged in fraud has standing to bring a suit against a lawyer for fraud and legal malpractice based on the lawyer’s conduct relating to the fraud itself, or rather if such a claim is barred by the doctrine of in pari delicto, which prohibits one wrongdoer from suing another wrongdoer for a fraud the two parties committed together.

For more information, please visit the Levit Essay Contest website.

Securities Law Presentation – Open to Law Students

The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and the Dade County Bar Association’s Business Law Committee Present:  Demystifying the Securities Laws: A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done, Part 4-B

The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and the Dade County Bar Association’s Business Law Committee present “Demystifying the Securities Laws: A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done, Part 4-B.” This event will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The 1.0 hour CLE will be presented by Alan H. Aronson of Akerman Senterfitt. You may attend this event either in person or by telephone conferencing.

For those attending in person, the session will be held at:

Akerman Senterfitt

One SE Third Avenue

25th Floor

Miami, Florida 33131

A call-in number will be provided one day prior to the course to the participants attending by telephone conference. Please mute your line for the duration of the call, unless you wish to speak or ask a question.

Law students are encouraged to participate in this event.

Please RSVP (and indicate whether participating in person or telephonically) to Alan Aronson.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship

1L students are invited to apply for a Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship.  This clerkship combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working in an in-house corporate law department. The program is designed to give talented 1L students of color the opportunity to work at a top-ranked law firm as well as spend a “rotation” (typically 3-4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation.

For more details about this program, including how to apply and a list of participating employers, please view the program brochure.

Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2010 through January 14, 2011.

International Human Rights Writing Competition

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) have launched the International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.  The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international human rights from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad.

The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law. In addition to publishing the winning submissions in an academic journal, the winning authors will be flown to Washington, DC, to present their papers at a conference at the Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in international human rights with a panel of expert professors and practitioners.  Winners also will receive a one-year ASIL student membership.

To be eligible to make a submission, students must be enrolled in a law degree program at a US or foreign law school. Submissions must be unpublished academic papers on a topic within the scope of international humanitarian law.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 31, 2011 by 12pm EST.  Click here for complete rules and submission guidelines.