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Become a part of legal history – enter the Morris L. Cohen competition

Become a part of legal history – enter the Morris L. Cohen competition

March 02, 2018

Would you like the chance to win a trip to Chicago and present a paper this July at a national conference? Then enter the Tenth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition! 'That the Future May Learn from the Past' Morris L. Cohen was an attorney, law librarian, and

Domestic and Sexual Violence

Address domestic and sexual violence in this ABA writing competition

April 28, 2017

Submissions are now being accepted for the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence’s 14th Annual Law Student Writing Competition. Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic and sexual violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Submissions should further the legal needs of

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Building the best construction lawyers one writing competition at a time

April 26, 2017

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

California

Eureka! Win $2,500 in California legal history writing competition

April 26, 2017

The California Supreme Court Historical Society is taking entries for its Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition. The society is seeking original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical

Federal Claims Court Bar Association

Claim your prize in the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association competition

April 25, 2017

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway.  The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics involving claims against the federal government that lie within the jurisdiction of the Court of

TIPS

Get a bite of The Big Apple with the TIPS writing competition

April 20, 2017

Law students, you have a little over a week to enter the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Law Student Writing Competition! The competition is open to any law school student in good academic standing, over the age of 18, who is a member of the American Bar Association

Miss Freedom Fighter Esquire

Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire: Empowering the leaders of tomorrow

April 17, 2017

Every day, lawyers make a difference in the lives of people by serving as gatekeepers of justice. History demonstrates the important role that lawyers have played in promoting justice and advancing social change. Whether it be protecting the rights of children (Marian Wright Edelman), promoting equal access to

Reading

When is the time for writing? Right now.

November 21, 2016

Back in October, which now feels like a lifetime ago, I was asked to write a post for the NaNoWriMo Project on a topic of interest to law students who are working on a novel. I started a piece about turning stories from your day job into fiction.

Legal Writing

Don’t believe the rumors about legal writing

September 01, 2016

If you’re a first year student, chances are you’ve already heard rumors about Legal Writing. Every year, news spreads among entering students that the first-year legal writing course is something to be survived, a necessary but dreaded part of your required curriculum. Here are the top three reasons you should ignore the naysayers and embrace your writing course from day one,

Enter the Section of Family Law Schwab Essay Contest

Enter the Section of Family Law Schwab Essay Contest

January 27, 2016

With law school enrollment down, and a glut of lawyers in the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for law students and young lawyers to find meaningful employment as a lawyer.  While it may seem like an overwhelming task to network and market yourself, the ABA can help. Students and young

First-year legal writing mistakes and how to avoid them

January 01, 2016

Are you making any — or all — of these flubs many 1Ls can’t seem to avoid? Worry not. You can improve your writing with a few smart tactics. In undergrad, you were a term paper pro. You could crank out thought-provoking three- to five-page term papers replete with resplendent prose

You could be one of the stars of the Grammys

You could be one of the stars of the Grammys

December 08, 2015

Justin Timberlake (pictured) might not be taking your photo at the Grammy Awards. Or maybe he could if you win this year's 8th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and the

A message from Juris P. Prudence: Writing your story with your legal career

A message from Juris P. Prudence: Writing your story with your legal career

November 24, 2015

For National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo), Before the Bar is spotlighting some of our lawyer-authors. In today's installment, Jessica Childress, an associate at a large international law firm in Washington, D.C., brings us a message from Juris P. Prudence, an 11-year-old lawyer and the protagonist of a children’s book

A 'Basket Full' of advice on writing books and practicing law

A 'Basket Full' of advice on writing books and practicing law

November 23, 2015

They say that everyone has one great novel inside of them. Have you ever tried to get yours out on paper? When I was in law school, I spent my free time writing screenplays and novels. Fiction writing truly is my first love. In fact, one of my science fiction

On the ‘Track’ to a creative life in law

On the ‘Track’ to a creative life in law

November 18, 2015

In December of 2011, while I was working as associate general counsel at a large company in New York, my agent finally sold my first novel (on which I’d labored for thirteen years, on weekends and late at night, garnering an impressive collection of rejections). That phone call was the

Judging Your [Online] Relationships

April 01, 2015

ByErin E. Rhinehart ERIN E. RHINEHART is a partner with the commercial litigation firm Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., which has offices in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s not breaking news that, since the inception of social media over a

I Wish I'd Known - Brad Meltzer

November 01, 2013

By Brad Meltzer. Brad Meltzer is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels. He hosts Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. He received the Eisner Award for his work on the critically acclaimed Justice League of America. His newest works are History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of