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Legal Blog Post Writing Contest

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Contest Overview

You love the law, but your friends think it’s boring. Show them that legal topics can be interesting, and even entertaining, while still providing substantive legal insights by entering The Expert Institute’s Legal Blog Writing Contest. To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through our online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2014. If your article wins, you will receive a $500 cash prize, and your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

Prize Breakdown

2nd Place

  • Cash prize $200
  • Blog publication

1st Place

  • Cash prize $500
  • Blog publication
  • Newsletter circulation
  • Email announcement

3rd Place

  • Blog publication

Official Guidelines

To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful.

Eligibility and Topic:

J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses

Parameters:

  • Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
  • Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
  • Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
  • 1,500 – 2,500 words, written in a blog post format

Submission must include:

  • Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
  • Author photo (recommended) in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB. Image size
  • must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
  • School name and mailing address.
  • A .doc or .docx file of your article

Judging:

The Expert Institute editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial lawyers will judge the contest. Factors that will be considered during judgment include:
  • Clarity, style, and poise of writing
  • Originality of topic
  • Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis
  • Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences

Article Submission

All submissions must be recieved before midnight on December 31, 2014 in order to be considered. Please include all required information in a cover sheet on the submitted document.
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