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FDLI Writing Competition - 2018

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Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in a JD Program at any of the nation’s ABA-accredited law schools or a 2017-2018 academic year graduate.

Judges: A committee comprised of FDLI members who are practicing attorneys and law professors.

Winners: Top papers will receive a monetary award, FDLI membership, and will be considered for publication in The Food and Drug Law Journal.

Submission: Papers must be submitted on our online portal. Only papers meeting the specified guidelines will be considered. {LINK}

Deadline: Monday, June 11, 2018


Specific Guidelines

·         Students should register for submission in our online competition portal; all papers must be submitted within the portal.

·         Paper topics are limited to FDA and regulated agencies’ law and regulation. Topical focus should be on FDA regulated industries: food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and tobacco.

·         Students will submit an abstract.

·         No author identifying information may be included in the body of the text. The author’s name should only be shared when registering.

·         Papers shall not exceed 100 pages (assuming double spacing, one-inch margins).

·         Papers must be submitted no later than midnight, June 11th 2018.


Judging Considerations:

·         Thoroughness and depth of legal analysis

·         Originality and difficulty of topic

·         Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes, and regulations

·         Quality of thesis/argument

·         Quality of legal research

·         Writing style

·         Conciseness; quality will be valued over quantity

·         Form and quality of citations

·         Conformity with requirements of competition


Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of a current legal issue concerning food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices or tobacco. FDLI welcomes the submission of papers prepared for course work, but entrants must pay attention to competition details and edit such papers accordingly.

Noncompliance with these requirements will affect evaluation and may result in disqualification.

NOTE: We do accept submissions that have been submitted to other writing contests, however, if you win FDLI’s competition and are chosen to be published in the Food and Drug Law Journal it must be the first publication that includes your article.