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Opportunity Listings

A list of competitions, scholarships, internships, and other opportunities for eligible students

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Knoxville Bar Association Law Student Membership

Membership in the Knoxville Bar Association is complimentary for any law student currently attending or enrolled in law school. This category of membership also includes any person who has graduated from law school but has not yet become a member of any bar nor is admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction for a period of 2 calendar years after date of graduation. We’re working hard to ensure that law students preparing for the practice of law have access to the best of what bar membership can offer, whether it’s meeting colleagues, mentors, or developing professionally in the practice of law. Your membership includes an invitation in many exciting networking events.

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Legal Clinic Clerk Needed

The Legal Clinic is seeking a clerk to work approximately 10 hours a week on a variety of projects across the clinics, including the Expungement and Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinics. There is potential for the position to continue through the spring semester. Interested students should send a resume to the Clinic’s Administrative Coordinator, Lisa Holden, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Research Assistants Needed–Professor Bach

Professor Wendy Bach is seeking two research assistants to help with a study of Tennessee’s recently expired fetal assault law.  Under this statute, women were prosecuted for transmission in utero of opiates to their fetuses.  Although proposals are pending in other states, Tennessee is the only state in that nation to explicitly  criminalize this act.  Though the study, Professor Bach is gathering data on these prosecutions, interviewing actors and conducting background research on the legal and health policy issues involved. Research assistants will be gathering data and participating in all aspects of the study.  Please apply by emailing a brief letter of interest, a copy of your resume and an estimate of the number of hours you have available to devote to research to Professor Bach at  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

2017 Law School Admission Council’s Diversity Committee Diversity Writing Competition

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession.

The topic for the 2017 competition is: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

There are three levels of competition (1L, 2L, and 3-4/L)  and the winner of each level will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Official rules and eligibility.

Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) 2017 Student Essay Competition

Deadline: May 31, 2017

CABA is proud to announce the 2017 edition of its annual student essay competition.  This competition is an integral part of CABA’s mission to provide a voice to Canadians in the United States and Americans in Canada and to foster a greater understanding of rules with cross-border implications as well as an engagement in their development.

This year’s theme will be renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) between the United States and Canada. One of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to withdraw from the agreement if he cannot achieve a satisfactory renegotiation of the treaty. In the days following the election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that he was “happy to talk” about renegotiating NAFTA.  A memo from Mr. Trump’s transition team obtained by the media indicates that the next American president intends to follow through on the renegotiation of NAFTA, and more particularly with regards to Canada, intends to target the rules currently regulating livestock and softwood lumber.

Since it is likely that renegotiation over NAFTA will commence in 2017, we invite students to write essays identifying one issue which in their opinions should be part of the renegotiation of the agreement between Canada and the United States.  The essays should explain why the issue is in need of renegotiation, how it affects both countries, and how a renegotiated agreement should address the issue and why.

Prize includes $500 USD from sponsor Dorsey & Whitney LLP and publication of the winning essay on CABA’s website.

Official rules and eligibility.

2017 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 13th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

Deadline: June 1, 2017

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public’s understanding of the practice of employee benefits law.  In pursuit of this goal, the College encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs.

Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel are selected by the Board of Governors from among employee benefits attorneys nominated for that honor and recommended for consideration by the Board’s Membership Committee after considering the recommendations of regional screening committees. Fellows have a minimum of 20 years’ experience. Selection as a Fellow reflects the Board’s judgment that a nominee has made significant contributions to advancements in the employee benefits field.

In addition to the monetary prizes described in the official rules below, the law students who submit the winning papers will be honored guests at the annual black tie dinner in San Francisco, CA on October 14, 2017.

Each year the writing contest attracts submissions from approximately 20 law students from law schools around the country.  Winning papers were submitted by law students enrolled in the following law schools: University of Akron; Cardozo Law School (2 winners), University of Chicago Law School (2 winners), Florida A&M Law School, John Marshall Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of New Hampshire Law School, New York Law School, St. Johns University School of Law, Seaton Hall University Law School, Temple University Law School, UCLA Law School, University of Virginia School of Law (4 winners), Lewis & Clark Law School, University of Maryland School of Law, and University of Nebraska College of Law.  Several former winners have gone on to practice law in the field of employee benefits.

Official rules and eligibility.

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created to support the award of an annual scholarship to a law school student or lawyer in practice for less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award will be $5,400.

To be eligible, applicants must be either: 1) enrolled in an accredited law school in the state of Pennsylvania; 2) a Pennsylvania resident enrolled in a non-Pennsylvania law school within the US; or 3) a licensed Pennsylvania lawyer admitted to practice less than three (3) years. Applicants must perform volunteer service to an animal welfare organization before, during and/or after law school; or engage in scholarship in the field of animal law and animal welfare, including reading, research, writing and clinical work; or perform pro bono legal work in the field of animal welfare.

Official rules and eligibility.

2016-2017 U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Deadline: July 14, 2017

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway.  The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  The winning entry in the competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website.

The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act.  The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.

The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes.  They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement “bid protests,” Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Official rules and eligibility.