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FIFTH ANNUAL FIRST IMPRESSIONS ESSAY COMPETITION 2014

First Impressions, the online companion to the Michigan Law Review, wants to publish up to three outstanding essays by Michigan Law students in 2014. One winner of our essay competition will be selected on the basis of outstanding content and style to receive a cash prize of $100, and First Impressions will publish the winning entry. Two other entries from among those designated as finalists in the competition may be published. Once published, each selected entry will appear on the First Impressions website as a Commentary article and can be cited like an article in any other academic legal journal. 

For outstanding published examples from past competitions, see 2010 winner Jillian Blake's essay here, 2011 winner Andrew Hartlage's essay here, 2012 winner Charlie Gerstein's essay here, and 2013 winner Jason Zolle's essay here.

WHO CAN ENTER?

Any student enrolled at Michigan Law School on March 28, 2014, and any December 2013 graduate of the Law School, excluding current or former members of the Michigan Law Review, may enter the competition.

HOW CAN I ENTER?

To enter, simply write and submit an op-ed style essay, no more than nine double-spaced pages in length, on an interesting and timely legal topic of your choice. You must choose a topic and thesis of a legal nature, but your entry may incorporate nonlegal sources, issues, or policy considerations as appropriate. We will not accept any work previously published or pending acceptance for publication, but we both allow and encourage you to submit an entry based on work previously completed for academic credit during your enrollment at the Law School.

OFFICIAL RULES

See the official rules for complete instructions on writing and submitting your entry. All entries must conform with the official rules.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
MARCH 28, 2014, AT 5:00 P.M. EST

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