American Bar Association Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

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American Bar Association Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

American Bar Association is now accepting applications for the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest. This competition is available for the Contestants who must be J.D. students in good standing at ABA-approved law schools.

The aim of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of family law between the law students of all law and especially the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Applicants have an opportunity to win $ 2600.

Who May Eligible:

Contestants must be J.D. students in good standing at ABA-approved law schools who are:

  • second or third-year full-time students;
  • second through fourth-year part-time students; or
  • first-year students enrolled in schools where the subject of family law is part of the first-year curriculum;
  • 21 years of age or older at the time of submission;
  • Citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S.

How to Apply & Competition Rules

To participate, in this competition applicants must download the application form and Return the form by e-mail to familylaw@americanbar.org with Schwab Entry as the subject.

Note: Send one (1) electronic copy of the essay and the completed entry form (with an assigned number and your signature) to familylaw@americanbar.org,  Subject: Schwab Essay Submission

Rules:

  • Employees of the ABA, and its respective affiliates and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible.
  • Download the Schwab Entry Form and fill it out.
  • Return the completed entry form by e-mail to familylaw@americanbar.org with Schwab Entry as the subject.Your completed entry form must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019, so they may assign you a number.
  • No submissions after April 12, 2019, will be accepted. 
  • The ABA will then e-mail you an electronic copy of the entry form with an assigned number.
  • Place the assigned number in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the essay. (Contestant’s name must not appear anywhere on the essays.)
  • They will only accept one (1) entry per author; we do not accept multiple submissions.
  • Essays should be limited to approximately 5,000 words (25 double-spaced, typewritten pages including footnotes).
  • Longer essays will be judged unfavorably, and those longer than 28 pages will be disqualified.
  • Essays scheduled to be published, and essays that have previously been published, are ineligible for consideration.
  • The essay format was selected to stimulate the creativity of thought.

Benefits:

First Place

  • $1,500.00
  • Certificate of Recognition as First-Place Winner
  • Consideration of the essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly
  • Consideration of the essay’s publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
  • Letter to Law School Dean
  • One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Second Place

  • $750.00
  • Certificate of Recognition as Second-Place Winner
  • Consideration of the essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly
  • Consideration of the essay’s publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
  • Letter to Law School Dean
  • One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Third Place

  • $350.00
  • Certificate of Recognition as Third-Place Winner
  • Consideration of the essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly
  • Consideration of the essay’s publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
  • Letter to Law School Dean
  • One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Application Deadline:

The application will close on April 26, 2019

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