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The American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law is looking for the best law student writers in the country in its Law Student Writing Competition.

The Forum introduces itself to the next generation of construction lawyers and strives towards its mission of Building the Best Construction Lawyers. And, deserving law student writers have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and meet The Forum at its annual fall meeting.

The Law Student Writing Competition comes on the heels of the success of The Forum’s law school textbook, Construction Law, and the increasing number of law school courses dedicated to construction law.

The competition prize is worth the chase. The winning author receives a $2,000 prize, travel expenses and registration for the 2017 Forum Fall Meeting (where the winner is introduced and receives a plaque), a one-year Forum membership, recognition in the Forum newsletter, Under Construction, the Forum Flash, and on the Forum’s website, plus the opportunity to be published in one of the Forum’s two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer.

In addition to the first place winner, one or more authors may be judged a finalist and recognized with a plaque and in The Forum publications and also given the opportunity to be published.

Articles may now be submitted for the 2016-2017 Forum Law Student Writing Competition. Law professors may directly submit their students’ articles to the competition. The competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA accredited law school during any of 2016 or 2017.

Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law. The format of the articles should resemble the articles published in either of The Forum’s two publications, The Construction Lawyer (law journal format with guidelines in the link below) and Under Construction (newsletter format with articles of 1000-2000 words).

Any law student interested in participating in the competition can request the assignment of a competition mentor, with whom the student can bounce off ideas for relevant topics in construction law. Please contact Marilyn Klinger by email for your Competition Mentor assignment.

Senior ABA Forum members will judge the submissions. Criteria for selection include creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novelty and timeliness of subject, and quality of research.

The deadline for submission of articles for the 2016-2017 competition is Monday, June 5, 2017. All articles should be submitted to Tamara Harrington and Marilyn Klinger in Word format.

For more information and the complete rules, see the forum’s competition page.

ABA Law Student Division The Law Student Division empowers law student by providing them with meaningful connections to practicing professionals, job resources, relevant programming, and practical skills competitions. We represent the law student community by advocating for policies that improve legal education, champion diversity, and strengthen public service.