Student Legal Writing Competitions Guide

Did you know there are more than 150 writing competitions, across 60-plus subject areas, that are open to law students and/or incoming law students? If you’ve written a paper, such as for a seminar, and/or would like to submit one to a contest, the library has a new guide, “Student Writing Competitions,” to help you to identify competitions to which you may be able to submit your work. Please use this link, access the guide.

The guide lists competitions by subject matter and alphabetically by subject, running the gamut from Administrative Law to Women and the Law. 

Deadlines vary, depending on the contest, and may occur at any time throughout the year. Please visit the competitions’ websites for the most up-to-date information about the competition. Many competitions take place annually, so be sure to check back for future deadlines. 

Some competitions are open to recent alumni, so if you will soon graduate, or have recently graduated, from Chicago-Kent, there may still be an opportunity for you to submit your writing to a “student” competition. 

While most are open to only J.D. students, some are also open to L.L.M. students and/ or J.S.D. students, so read each competition’s rules carefully. 

One category, “Scholarships,” contains competitions intended to help law students to offset their law school expenses. A few are open to students who have not yet begun law school. Some are diversity-oriented; please see the “Diversity” section for additional competitions that may be relevant.

Best of luck to you! If you have any questions about legal research or writing, please email the Chicago-Kent College of Law librarians at

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Current Events: Find News and Research Background

Are you interested in tracking news stories covering current events or finding background sources on issues such as social justice, the executive branch, and COVID-19 and the law? The Law Library can help. We subscribe to several major newspapers and curated research collections covering current events. Continue reading

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Improving your Internet Connection at Home

When I wasn’t working at home, my internet connection was just fine in my house.  However, with two kids and me all competing for bandwidth, we realized we needed a faster connection.  

We went from 200 MBPS (megabytes per second) download to 1 GBPS (gigabyte per second).  We can now download files quickly, and our access to the internet is very fast.  We also improved our “upload speed” (how fast we could upload files to the internet – e.g., attach a document to an email or upload an assignment) from well under 100 MBPS to 1 GBPS. 

I live in a house in the suburbs, so I did this by:

  1. Upgrading our internet from broadband to fiber (this reduced what I was paying for internet)
  2. Moving our modem/router to a central location
  3. Creating a mesh network
  4. Connecting some computers to the router using network cables

Not all these solutions will work for all users due to cost, availability, or other issues. I live in a high-coverage area where fiber is relatively affordable.  Below are some suggestions for making your internet work better, from things you may have on hand (such as network cords), to new equipment (e.g a new modem/router), to upgrading your service.

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REVISED – Law Library Reopens Monday, August 24

Welcome, 1Ls, and Transfer Students! Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls! With the move to remote instruction until at least September 8, the hours for the law library hours have changed due to changes in the building hours.

Law Library Hours (starting Sunday, August 23)

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED

The Law Library is CLOSED for the Labor Day Holiday (September 5 – September 7).

Although the Library space is closed, our services continue. Please contact with your questions. Continue to check the Law Library Blog for updates to hours and other announcements.



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Welcome 1Ls & Transfers: New Library Resources

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!  Below you will find the information you need to access library materials including Westlaw, Lexis, West Academic Study Aids (WASA), Procertas, and CALI.

Please set up your accounts now and let us know if you experience any problems.   Continue reading

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New & Improved: Managing your New York Times account

Current Chicago-Kent College of Law students, faculty, and staff may create individual accounts to access the online edition of The New York Times through the Law Library’s Databases page. 

We’ve updated the instructions on how to create and/or to renew a New York Times account using the Law Library’s page, which can now be done off-campus! Continue reading

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Congrats to our Procertas Winners and Keep on Learning Legal Tech!

Congratulations to our Procertas Word Brief Raffle winners:

  • Ricardo Santiago Juan
  • Elizabeth Camilo
  • Destiny Collins
  • Mariana Purpura
  • Emily Dybas
  • Elizabeth Cannon 
  • Samantha McHugh

If you didn’t get a chance to try out Procertas yet, you can still work on learning legal tech over the summer.  Get your Word, Excel, Acrobat, and PowerPoint skills up to speed quickly and easily using Procertas’ videos and assessment tools.  If you forgot your password, contact

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Update! Extended access for graduates for Bloomberg and Lexis

Good news!  Graduates can access Lexis until 2/28/2021 and Bloomberg until 6/1/2021.  We hope this helps!

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2020 Summer and Post-Grad Access to Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg

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Can you access your Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg accounts over the summer?  What about after graduation? The answer to both is yes, but with some restrictions for Westlaw and for graduates.  See below for more information. Continue reading

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Chronicle of Higher Education Access During COVID-19

The Chronicle of Higher Education contains college and university news, opinions, advice, and job listings. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chronicle offers insight and resources on online teaching, supporting students from a distance, and numerous additional issues confronting higher education in this unprecedented time.

If you are a Chicago-Kent faculty member, staff, or student who would like to access the Chronicle of Higher Education via Chicago-Kent College of Law Library, then please follow the steps below:  Continue reading

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