The scope of permissible topics is broad i.e. any aspect of domestic public or private labor or employment law. Students are encouraged to present a (1) public policy issue, (2) practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, (3) comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification, or (4) comment on a common-law doctrine.
All currently enrolled undergraduate law students attending accredited law schools in the United States are eligible.
1. Articles must be original from the applicant. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries by the same person are expressly prohibited. In addition, they must not presently be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.
2. All articles are to be submitted in the following format:
a. Typewritten, in Word Format, with computer disk attached, or submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line);
c. On 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;
d. Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length (inclusive of endnotes);
e. Citations are to conform to "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Bluebook)
3. All articles must be e-mailed no later than 5 p.m. (pdst) on May 14, 2010 OR postmarked no later than May 1, 2010. Please send all submissions to: Susan Wan, Executive Director, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20036-53306.
4. If published by the College, the articles become property of the College. No submitted article may be published elsewhere until after announcement of the winners of this competition. Announcement of the winners will be made at least 30 days in advance of the Annual Induction Dinner of the College to permit the winners to attend the Induction Dinner as guests of the College.
5. Include a title page with your entry stating your name, mailing address and phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation.
6. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school at the time of the submission.
Papers will be evaluated and judged on the following standards: topic; analysis; grammar, spelling, usage and syntax; clarity and overall structure; and the overall appearance of the paper.