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Posted on: Apr 6, 2021

The IndyBar Health Care & Life Sciences Section invites students to participate in the first ever Law Student Writing/Oral Competition! This competition is a great way to put your legal writing skills to the test while also getting the chance to network with and get to know some practitioners and IndyBar members currently practicing in the health law field. The winner of the competition AND the runner up will:

  • Have breakfast or lunch with the 2021 IndyBar President Jimmie McMillian and/or members of the Health Care & Life Sciences Section Executive Committee
  • Receive a free IndyBar law student membership throughout the duration of law school OR (if already an IndyBar member) a $100 discount off a future IndyBar review course
  • Receive public recognition at a future IndyBar Health Care & Life Sciences Section event
  • Receive recognition on IndyBar social media accounts and the Health Care & Life Sciences Section listserv.

The writing/oral competition is open to J.D. and L.L.M. students who are U.S. citizens attending an ABA accredited law school in the State of Indiana during the 2020/2021 school year. Only one essay per applicant will be accepted. Since this is the first year of the competition, there are no prior year competition restrictions.

Writing Prompt
Choose an area of maternal and child health that you would like to see Indiana improve upon. Discuss how the law could be used to implement changes necessary to better serve Indiana women and children.

Essay Specifics
All submissions must conform to the following requirements:

  • Double-spaced and use Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • Footnotes, not endnotes, must be included and formatted in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • Essay must be 3,000 words or less, including footnotes. 
  • A required summary of the essay must be no more than one page using Times New Roman, 12-point font. Summary will not count towards essay page count. 
  • Bluebook legal citation guide must be utilized.

Submissions will be evaluated by members of the IndyBar’s Health Law and Life Sciences Section based on the following:

  • Thoroughness & Depth of Legal Analysis
  • Originality & Difficulty
  • Quality of Thesis/Argument
  • Quality of Legal Research 
  • Writing Style/Grammar & Spelling

Competition Timeline 

  • 11:59p.m. on July 30, 2021: Essay submission deadline. Essays received after posted deadline will not be accepted/reviewed.
  • August 2-13, 2021: Submissions are forwarded to committee for review and ranking.
  • Week of August 16, 2021: Committee selects finalists who are notified of meeting the week of August 23 to present and answer committee questions.  Non-finalists will be notified as well.
  • Week of August 23, 2021: Finalists will be asked to meet with selection committee to present and answer questions. 
  • August 31, 2021: Essay winner(s) will be announced in various IndyBar communications.

Additional Essay Considerations

  • Essays/Papers previously submitted for law school credit are eligible for entry if the work is original and if the editing and citation work were done by the author.
  • Submissions must come from only one eligible student and must be the product of the author without assistance from others.
  • Essays must be submitted in PDF format and contain no identifying information except for the title. (All submissions are to be evaluated/judged on an anonymous basis.) Entries submitted with identifying information on the essays other than the title will not qualify for judging. Awards will not be made if the committee of judges do not feel any of the submissions are of sufficient quality to receive an award.
  • All submissions must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 30, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Entrants retain all rights to their essays submitted for the IndyBar’s Student Writing Competition. However, by entrants submitting their essay and registration to the competition, Indianapolis Bar Association is granted the right to publish the name of the author, their law school, the title of their paper in all materials published in relation to the Student Writing/Oral Competition and the winning students’ essay summary.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the rules/guidelines, please contact Kari Hartman, IndyBar’s Associate Executive Director, by email at or phone (317) 269-2000.

Upload your essay by July 30 here!


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