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The 24th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest



Grammy Winner Beyonce

Format: Writing Competition

Dates: 01/04/2022

Sponsor: The Recording Academy

List Price: Free

ABA Member Price: Free

Sponsor Member Price: Free

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The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and two runners-up.

This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) candidates at U.S. law schools. Please note that LLM students who are, or who have been at any time in the past, licensed as an attorney are not eligible to enter. JSD/SJD students are not eligible. View full rules here.

Prizes

One winner will receive:

  • $10,000 tuition scholarship
  • Two tickets to the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards®
  • Two tickets to MusiCares® Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell
  • Recognition at the Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event
  • Los Angeles roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for winner and guest
  • Publication of paper in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer Journal
  • Mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member

Two runners-up will receive:

  • $2,500 tuition scholarship
  • Recognition at the Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event
  • Mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member

See official rules for details on entry requirements and prizes.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Paper Submission Deadline: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)
  • Winner and Runners-Up Notified: Jan. 14, 2022
  • 24th Annual ELI GRAMMY Week Event: Jan. 29, 2022
  • MusiCares Person of the Year: Jan. 29, 2022
  • 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Jan. 31, 2022

View the 2021 winning paper here, the 2020 winning paper here and the 2019 winning paper here.