Law Student Competitions, Scholarships & Fellowships

From a writing contest on international law and an essay competition on environmental law, to internships with Fortune 500 corporations and scholarship funding or future elder law practitioners, the New York State Bar Association offers a wide variety of opportunities to help law students develop critical legal skills and build their resumes. Take a look at the many opportunities we offer that can guide you on your way to become one of New York’s leading attorneys.

OFFERED THROUGH sections

Business Law Section
The Section sponsors an annual Student Writing Competition, open to all students who are candidates for the JD or LLM degree at an accredited law school during the year in which the article is submitted. The first- and second-place winners will receive cash prizes of $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. At the discretion of the editors, they will also be published in the NY Business Law Journal, which is sponsored by the Business Law Section in cooperation with New York Law School and is published in the summer and winter. Additional cash prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Section. Entries that do not qualify for cash prizes may also be considered for publication in the Journal. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/business.

Corporate Counsel Section
The Section sponsors the Kenneth G. Standard Internship Program, which focuses on identifying and supporting in-house internship opportunities for law students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The program is named in honor of the former NYSBA President and his lifetime commitment to initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession. Corporate and not-for-profit hosts have included Alliance Bernstein, Con Ed, FINRA, Goldman Sachs, In Motion, McGraw-Hill, NYPA, Oneida, Pepsi, Pfizer and USTA (United States Tennis Assocation). For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/corporate.

Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
The Section, in partnership with BMI, offers the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law. Two $2,500 awards will be made. The competition is open to all students attending eligible law schools, which include all accredited law schools within New York, along with Rutgers University Law School and Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, and up to 10 other accredited law schools throughout the country to be selected, at the Committee’s discretion, on a rotating basis. Submissions are due in December. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/easl.

Environmental Law Section
Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest: The Section sponsors an essay contest, which is designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting us today. The first prize is $1,000 and publication of the essay. The second-and third-prize winners will receive certificates and consideration of publication by the State Bar. The contest is open to all J.D. candidates enrolled in New York law schools. Nominations are due in June. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/environmental.

Minority Fellowship in Environmental Law: The Section, in conjunction with the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, sponsors a 10-week, $6,000 fellowship where a law student will work on legal matters for a governmental environmental agency or public interest environmental organizations in New York. Eligible applicants are first-year, second-year and third-year (night students only) minority group members who are: enrolled in a law school in New York; or permanent New York residents, and enrolled in a law school in the United States. Applications are due in November. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/environmental.

Health Law Section
The Section offers the Barry Gold Memorial Health Law Student Writing Competition, which is open to all students currently enrolled in law school in New York or contiguous state (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont). Entries must discuss a health law issue under New York law or a health law issue under federal law and its impact on New York law or the regulatory environment in New York. The first prize winner will receive $1,000 and the second prize winner will receive $500. Nominations are due in June. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/health.

Intellectual Property Section
Annual Law Student Writing Competition: The Section’s award is presented to the authors of the best publishable papers on subjects relating to the protection of intellectual property not published elsewhere, scheduled for publication, or awarded another prize. The first prize is $2,000; the second prize is $1,000. To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by students in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening program) located in New York or by out-of-state students who are members of the Section. Submissions are due in November. To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by students in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening program) located in New York state or by students in full-time attendance at an out-of-state law school who are members of the Intellectual Property Section.

Young Lawyer Fellowship: The Section’s two-year fellowship is designed to provide leadership opportunities for young lawyers, and reflects the Section’s long-standing commitment to increasing the participation and retention of young lawyers in Section activities. Fellows receive: free admission to many of the Section’s meetings including the Section’s Annual and Fall Meetings, for two consecutive years; involvement in the activities of the Young Lawyers Committee; invitations to all of the Section’s networking events, where the Fellow can promote the recruiting of new members; invitations to some of the Section’s Executive Committee meetings, to relate their experience as a Fellow; opportunities to publish in the Section’s newsletter Bright Ideas; and opportunities to mentor new Fellows. Applications for the next Fellowship are due in November 2013. Applicants must be newly-admitted attorneys (within 5 years) or a law student, and be both a member of the State Bar and the Intellectual Property Section. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/ipl.

International Section
Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition: This competition, sponsored by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, fosters legal scholarship among law students in the field of international law. It is intended to encourage students of law to write on areas of public or private international law. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York State Bar Journal, the New York International Law Review, or the International Law Practicum. Law students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are eligible to apply. Applications are due in December. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/ilp.

Labor and Employment Section
Dr. Emanuel and Kenneth Stein Writing Competition: The Section’s recognizes excellence in writing on any current issue involving labor or employment law. The scope of permissible topic for the article is broad, i.e., any aspect of public or private labor or employment law. The first prize is $3,000; second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000. Award nominations are due each December and all law students are eligible to apply. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/labor.

Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Awards: The awards are provided to enable New York law schools to recognize excellence among their law students in the area of labor and employment law and to cultivate the relationship between the Labor and Employment Law Section and future and labor and employment practitioners. The first prize is $3,000; second prize is 2,000 and third prize is $1,000. Applications are due in December. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/labor.

Trial Lawyers Section
The Section recognizes winning school and student advocates of the National Trial Advocacy Region II Competition (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) in February each year. The competition has been sponsored by the State Bar since 1974 to encourage the inclusion of “trial advocacy and trial technique” as part of the law school curricula. Each year, the first place team gets the traveling Tiffany & Co. plaque, cup and base to be displayed for the year. The college will be awarded a check in the amount of $7,500 and a plaque listing team members and coaches. The second place team will be sent a plaque listing team members and coaches and a check in the amount of $5,000. Team members will also be sent individual plaques. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/trial.

Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy
The Criminal Justice Section, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section, and Young Lawyers Section offer scholarships for tuition to the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy held each March. For more information contact: tbardwell@nysba.org


OFFERED THROUGH committees

Committee on Animals and the Law
The Committee provides the Student Writing Competition, which is designed to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement. Law students are eligible to apply. Nominations are due in June. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/animals.

Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship
The Committee offers volunteer opportunities for law students through its various statewide civic education programs. The We the People Program, a study of the Constitution, culminates with regional and state hearings for high school students. Law students can volunteer to serve as timers or judges for the Saturday events. Project Citizen is a middle school program for students to learn and engage in public policy. The best projects are sent to Albany in late May or June, and are judged by volunteers. For more information, please visit: www.lycny.org.

President’s Committee on Access to Justice
The Committee sponsors the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards to recognize outstanding pro bono service and to emphasize the importance of such service in helping to provide all New Yorkers with equal access to the justice system, regardless of income. Nominations are due in March. One award will be given to law students and law school groups. Nominees receive a commemorative plaque. For more information, please visit: www.nysba.org/probono.

OFFERED THROUGH THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION


Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship
The New York Bar Foundation offers the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship. A stipend award is available to a first-year student attending a law school in New York State to pursue a fellowship. The student must demonstrate an interest in commercial and federal litigation. Applications are due in January. For more information, please visit: www.tnybf.org.

Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship
Through the Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship Fund, the New York Bar Foundation provides funding for a $6000 fellowship to give a first or second year student of a diverse background, who is attending a law school in NYS, the opportunity to pursue a 10 week summer fellowship at a public interest legal or charitable organization. The student will assist the organization’s general counsel with matters relating to counsel or advice to the organization. Information and the application are available at http://www.nysba.org/corpcounselhomepage.

Elder Law Section Scholarship
The New York Bar Foundation offers the Elder Law Section Scholarship to a second-year or third-year law student who is enrolled in a New York law school and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the academic year. Preference is given to a student who demonstrates a present and permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limit one or more of the major life activities of the individual. The scholarship, valued at $2,500, will be applied to the student’s tuition. The deadline for submission of applications is October. For more information, please visit: www.tnybf.org.

Intellectual Property Law Section Fellowship
The New York Bar Foundation offers the Intellectual Property Law Section Fellowship. Three fellowships will take place: one in Summer 2012, one in Summer 2013, and one in Summer 2014. The fellow will assist a public interest legal organization or charity with intellectual property law matters. The fellowship program goals are to increase the representation of lawyers in intellectual property law and to provide students with an opportunity to experience intellectual property law practice. Students are encouraged to speak to a nonprofit organization that handles intellectual property law matters to discuss applying for the funding. The deadline for submission of a grant application by the organization is in October. For more information, please visit: www.tnybf.org.

Real Property Law Section
Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship, which has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, Esq., a former Chair of the Section and a former President of the Association. The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a second or third year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine - academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity, and if possible, an interest in real property law. Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine’s commitment to gender equality and diversity in the profession. To ensure
geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship.

Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship
The Foundation sponsors the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship, which is open to all second-year students enrolled in a New York law school as of the spring semester. An essay that relates to the law and displays excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills must be submitted for consideration of this scholarship. Applications are due in April. The $5,000 scholarship will be applied to the student’s tuition. For more information, please visit: www.tnybf.org.

The Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowships
The Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has contributed $10,000 to The New York Bar Foundation to establish fellowships for second-year law students. Two fellowships of $5,000 each will be awarded to second-year law students currently enrolled in law schools in New York State. The Fellowship Program will provide students with an opportunity to experience trusts and estates law practice. The ultimate goal of the Fellowship is to create a network and forge relationships among trusts and estates law attorneys throughout the State of New York. The ten-week fellowship takes place in the summer. One fellow will work in the Chambers of the Honorable Barbara Howe, Surrogate, Erie County Surrogate’s Court, Buffalo NY, and one fellow will work in the Chambers of the Honorable John M. Czygier Jr., Surrogate, Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court, Riverhead, NY. Each fellow will be a guest member of the NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section for one year starting with the award of the fellowship. Additionally, they will be invited to attend an Executive Committee meeting of the Section during the summer. For complete application details, go to www.tnybf.org or contact The New York Bar Foundation at 518-487-5651 or foundation@tnybf.org.