2012 Writing Competition Sponsored by the Boston Patent Law Association

Writing Competition

Sponsored by the

Boston Patent Law Association


1st Prize:  $1000

2nd Prize:  $500


The BPLA is once again holding its annual Writing Competition.  Law students are encouraged to submit papers on a subject relating to intellectual property law.  The requirements for eligibility are outlined below.


Judges will consider the merits of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property law and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously published or available.


Contest Rules:


  • Articles must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) within the jurisdiction of the First Federal Judiciary Circuit or prepared in connection with a course at a law school situated in the First Circuit.
  • Articles must have been written or published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
  • Articles must be submitted to the Boston Patent Law Association on or before September 30, 2012.
  • Papers should be no more than the equivalent of ten (10) law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy).
  • Submission of five (5) copies or a .pdf file is required.
  • Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, law school, and employment information (if applicable).


Please send articles to:


Rory P. Pheiffer, Esq.

Boston Patent Law Association

c/o Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA  02210


Phone:   (617) 439-2879

Fax:       (617) 310-9879

Email:     rpp at nutter.com


Please e-mail  bplawriting at bpla.org if you have any questions.

HHRJ Seeking Student Writing for Publication

The Harvard Human Rights Journal is currently accepting student submissions for our 26th Volume! HRJ typically publishes three different types of student writing: student notes (10,000-15,000 words, similar to a full journal article), recent developments (2,500-5,000 word commentaries on recent court cases or legislative developments), and book reviews (700-1,000 words; check our office bookshelf in the WCC 3rd floor Journals wing or send us an email!). We are on the search for all three types of pieces.

**Please note a change of policy: we WILL be accepting student submissions from recent graduates of the class of 2012.**

We will accept student writing submissions on a rolling basis until August 10, 2012. HRJ is unique in the diversity of types of pieces it publishes – we cover a vast array of human rights-related topics, so if you have already written a paper for a class that is related to human rights in any way, send it our way. Of course, we also enthusiastically welcome any piece you’d like to start from scratch!

Please send your submissions to the Student Writing Editors, Madison Condon ( mcondon at jd13.law.harvard.edu) and Connie Sung ( csung at jd14.law.harvard.edu), who are also available to answer questions and work with you throughout the writing process. We look forward to hearing from you!