Contests & Competitions

2014 Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition

1st Prize: $2,000 & Publication in the Fall 2014 Issue os BTLJ*
2nd Prize: $750
3rd Prize: $500
Aldo J. Test Award for Best Berkeley Law Submission: $1000

TOPICS: We will accept submissions from J.D. candidates on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 5pm PST on March 1, 2014.


  1. The competition is open to all J.D. candidates.
  2. Each student may submit only one entry.
  3. Submitted papers must be unpublished. Papers must be no more than 50 pages long, including footnotes. Do NOT use endnotes. Margins should be 1", minimum. Body text must be double-spaced. Font must be Times New Roman or a similar serif font, and 12 point. Footnotes may be 10 pt. and single-spaced but there should be a space between notes. Citations must conform to the 19th Ed. of The Bluebook. Submissions are judged anonymously, so the authorís name should not appear anywhere on the paper.
  4. To submit electronically, please send the completed cover sheet and a copy of your paper to Submissions MUST include a signed cover sheet that may be downloaded from the Journal website. Please submit your paper as a Microsoft Word 1997-2004 compatible document (.doc format).
    Submit an electronic copy of your (1) paper and (2) cover sheet to:
  5. Winners will be notified and final results will appear on the Journalís website in late spring. Due to the large number of entries, the Journal cannot contact other entrants.

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Siena Caruso & Steven McCarty
Notes & Comments Editors
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
U.C. Berkeley School of Law

*To be eligible for publication, the winning article must meet the Journalís publication standards.

IT-Lex Technology Law and Foley & Lardner LLP Technology Law Writing Contest

Winners receive cash prizes, publication in the IT-Lex Journal and invitations to become IT-Lex Members. The first place winner will have the opportunity to present his or her article at the IT-Lex Innovate Conference on October 9-10 of 2014.

IT-Lex ( is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to educational, literary, and scientific advancement in the field of technology law. Our 2014 Technology Law Writing Competition is sponsored by the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP.

1st Place: $6,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000

All law students in good standing at an ABA accredited Law school are eligible to enter the writing competition. Submission topics must address technology law topics, and meet the criteria and specifications listed at Submissions are due May 2, 2014.

2013-2014 Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition

Georgia State University College of Law is accepting submissions for its third annual Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition in 2014. Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.

First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $1,000

Winning papers will be published in the conference materials for the 2014 Corporate IP Institute, an annual two-day event with about 200 IP professionals discussing intellectual property issues, stories and strategies of corporations at Georgia State University College of Law. In addition, the first place winner may present her or his paper at the conference.

Eligibility Requirements: Individuals enrolled at an ABA accredited law school are eligible to enter. Papers may not have more than one author (no co-authorship).

Submission Guidelines: Entries in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format should be emailed to no later than Wednesday, April 30.

Papers must represent original works not previously published or targeted for submission to another journal, law review or other periodical for publication until the winning papers are announced. Papers should be 30 to 50 double-spaced pages with footnotes. Each entry must include the name of the individual entrant's law school, the student's class/program in law school, and contact information (mailing address, telephone number and email address).

Judging: Winners will be determined at the sole discretion of Georgia State University College of Law. All entrants will be notified of the competition results via email or by letter. Judging criteria include: originality of thought; contributions to the law and practice; completeness of scholarly research and the overall style and content of the work.

Publishing Rights: Authors will retain ownership of the copyright for all works submitted. However, authors receiving any award must first grant Corporate IP Institute a worldwide, royalty free, non-exclusive license to publish the work or have the work published. All authors shall retain the right to publish or have published submitted articles.

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