National Law Review 2015 Law Student Writing Competition
Rules and Submission Guidelines
The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.
The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site. No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.
- Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.
- Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be featured on the NLR homepage for a month. Up to 5 runner-up entries will also be posted in the NLR searchable database each month.
- Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.
- All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).
In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, maydistribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)
Congratulations to our 2014, 2013 and 2012 Law Student Writing Contest Winners
Matthew P Downer from Vanderbilt University Law School: The People or the Court Who Reigns Supreme, How, and Why?
Blake Simpson from University of Nebraska College of Law: A Shot in the Dark: Why Parents Should Not be Held Civilly Liable for Injuries Caused by Unvaccinated Children
Michael Grant from Brooklyn Law School: Buttering Bread: The Sordid Tale of Campaign Finance and Shaun McCutcheon
Scott David Harrington from Southern University Law Center: No Soup for You! Religion in the Post-PPACA Era (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)
Alisha Marie Mays from Florida International University College of Law: Taking Hospital Employees Down from their Pedestals: Why Title VII Religious Discrimination Should Not Be Applicable for Immunizations
- Michael Wayne Disotell from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law: Vance and Nassar: A Small Business Employer’s Guide To The Court’s Recent Title VII Rulings
Stephanie Jade Ridella from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law: The Madwoman In The Attic: Mental Illness And The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act Of 2008
Jordan L. Payne from Northeastern University School of Law: Conceiving Real Protection: Paternalistic Surrogacy Laws & The Necessity of Massachusetts Legislation that Appropriately Protects the Gestational Surrogate
Sofia Mitchell from Florida International University College of Law: Filling The Gap: Immigrant Status As Title VII's Missing Piece
- Emily Jane Perkins from Northern Illinois College of Law: Regulating Appearance In The Workplace: An Employer’s Guide To Avoid Employment Discrimination Lawsuits
Anastasia White from Nova Southeastern University—Shepard Broad Law Center: The Road to Citizenship Under Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)
Elizabeth Ann Geddes from Brooklyn Law School: The H-1B Visa Program: Its Contradictory Perception And Why the U.S. Must Increase The Visa Cap
Larissa Lee from S.J. Quinney College of Law: We're Getting Warmer: Why Advising Clients To Disclose Material Risks Associated With Climate Change Is Best Practice
- Neema Chaiban from Northeastern University School of Law: Reframing Climate Change: A Public Health-based Climate Change Framework
- Rebecca Heatherly Block from Southern University Law Center: The 1/3: Childhood Obesity in the Twenty First Century
- Chase Anders Manuel from Southern University Law Center: Human Augmentation: A Bioethical Implication Analysis of Cybernetics, Nanotechnology, and Upgrades to the Human Body
Laura Homan from Chicago-Kent College of Law: Not All "Entries" Are Equal – The Law of “Entry” and “Admission” for Purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act
Laura Ploeg from Villanova University School of Law: Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting: A Law Student’s Freewheeling Inquiry
Lloydann A. Wade from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law:
Illegal Immigration and Education
- Rouzhna Nayeri from Southern Methodisit University Dedman School of Law: Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection—Second Circuit Applies The Strict Scrutiny Test And Holds That New York Cannot Prohibit Nonimmigrants From Obtaining Pharmacist Licenses
Why Students Should Submit Articles:
- Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.
The student's photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.
Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.
Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.
Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.
Content Guidelines and Deadlines
- *CHECK BACK IN JANUARY 2015 FOR NEW MONTHLY TOPICS*
Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted. Entries must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on the dates indicated above.
Students are not required to transfer copyright ownership of their winning articles to the NLR. However, all articles submitted must be clearly identified with any applicable copyright or other proprietary notices. The NLR will accept articles previously published by another publication, provided the author has the authority to grant the right to publish it on the NLR site. Do not submit any material that infringes upon the intellectual property or privacy rights of any third party, including a third party’s unlicensed copyrighted work.
Format – HTML (preferred) or Microsoft® Word
Length – Articles should be no more than 5,500 words, including endnotes.
Endnotes and citations – Any citations should be in endnote form and listed at the end of the article. Unreported cases should include docket number and court. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and proper format of related cites. In general, follow the Bluebook. Limit the number of endnotes to only those most essential. Authors are responsible for accuracy of all quoted material.
Author Biography/Law School Information – Please submit the following:
- Full name of author (First Middle Last)
- Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
- Author photo (recommended but optional) in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
- A brief professional biography of the author, running approximately 100 words or 1,200 characters including spaces.
- The law school’s logo in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 300 pixels high or 300 pixels wide.
- The law school mailing address, main phone number, contact e-mail address, school Web site address, and a brief description of the law school, running no more than 125 words or 2,100 characters including spaces.
To enter, an applicant and any co-authors must be enrolled in an accredited law school within the fifty United States. Employees of The National Law Review are not eligible. Entries must include ALL information listed above to be considered and must be submitted to the National Law Review at email@example.com.
Any entry which does not meet the requirements and deadlines outlined herein will be disqualified from the competition. Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone call at least one day prior to publication. Winners will be publicly announced on the NLR home page and via other media. All prizes are contingent on recipient signing an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Release and Liability Waiver. The National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by The National Law Forum, LLC, d/b/a The National Law Review, 4700 Gilbert, Suite 47 (#230), Western Springs, IL 60558, 708-357-3317. This contest is void where prohibited by law. All entries must be submitted in accordance with The National Law Review Contributor Guidelines per the terms of the contest rules. A list of winners may be obtained by writing to the address listed above. There is no fee to enter this contest.