Tax Law Writing Competition

The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition.  The competition has a $3000.00 grand prize.

Topic:  The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad – any aspect of Tax Law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper on a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine.

Eligibility:  Any currently enrolled law school student, JD or LLM candidate, attending an ABA – accredited law school in the United States may enter. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, and overall appearance.

Prizes:  A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner’s paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center’s quarterly newsletter.

Rules:  The paper must be the applicant’s original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

Specifications:  All papers are to be submitted electronically by e-mail. Please reference “Writing Competition” in the subject line.

Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.5×11 inch paper with 1 inch margins on all sides.

Papers are to be formatted with endnotes.

Papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted.

Entries should be between 25-30 pages long, not including endnotes.

Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

Deadline:  All entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2011. Papers submitted after that date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

Please direct any additional questions to Steven Szydelko.

Click HERE to download a copy of the rules.

Click HERE to read the 2010 winning submission.