Campbell Law Observer Law and Medicine Writing Contest

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What is the Campbell Law Observer?

The Campbell Law Observer is a student run online-only legal publication covering a broad base of interesting legal topics.  The goal of the Campbell Law Observer is to provide reports, articles, and unique perspectives about current legal topics for the benefit of attorneys, legal scholars, students, and other interested members of the public at large.


The purpose of the Campbell Law Observer Law and Medicine Writing Contest is to encourage law students to more deeply consider the interaction between the fields of law and medicine in modern society, and to write about these issues in a way that can inform lawyers and laypeople alike. Contest submissions may address any issue which touches on any aspect of the fields of both law and medicine.


  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize: $250
  • The top five entries may be published on the Campbell Law Observer website.
  • Winners will be announced on the Campbell Law Observer website no later than 5pm on Wednesday, April 8. Winners will also be contacted by email.


  • The contest is open to students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in North Carolina.
  • Past and current members of the Campbell Law Observer staff are not eligible to participate.
  • Current Campbell Law School students wishing to participate in the Spring 2015 Campbell Law Observer Write-On Competition may use their contest entry as their write-on submission.

 Entry Information

  • Entries should be 2,000-3,000 words long and include in-text citations, links preferred.
  • Entries should be written in the Campbell Law Observer style. They should provide legal analysis of the issue, but should be written in a casual tone that can be understood by non-lawyers.
  • Entries should conform to traditional English standards of spelling, grammar, and syntax.
  • Entries should be submitted by email to cu***********@em***.edu no later than 5pm on Friday, March 20. Identifying information should not be included within the article, but participants should include a separate cover sheet including his/her name, school, and class year.


  • Each submission will be blind-graded by the Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Observer and by two additional members of the Campbell Law Observer Editorial Board.
  • The five submissions receiving the highest score from the Editorial Board will be blind-graded by a faculty panel. The faculty panel will determine the top three prize winners and two runners up. The panel will consist of:

o   Dean J. Rich Leonard

o   Professor J. Stanley McQuade

o   Professor Amy Flanary-Smith

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