VSB Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition

The Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition (the “Competition”) seeks to promote academic debate and the dissemination of ideas and scholarly writing in the field of intellectual property. The competition is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar. The contest is open for law students who are attending law school in Virginia or are residents of Virginia attending law school outside of Virginia. Winner will get $5,000 (with a potential prize of $2,500 for the runner-up) and publication on the IP Section’s website.

The Virginia State Bar (VSB) was created in 1938 by the General Assembly as an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia.


The competition is open to all students enrolled and in good standing during the 2015-16 academic year (including December 2015 graduates) at

  • Any Virginia law school, or
  • A law school outside Virginia as a resident of Virginia (with proof of residency).

Articles must have been written solely by the entrant while enrolled in law school.

How to Apply:

To be considered for scholarship contest, the candidates must submit an article on the following topic:

Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law. Preference may be given to topics demonstrating particular relevance to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel and unique perspectives.

Guidelines for Article:

  • Articles should be approximately 25 to 40 typed pages (including footnotes) in length.
  • Entries must be double-spaced, in at least 12-point font, with one-inch margins and numbered pages.
  • Citations should conform to the Bluebook. Entries must be submitted electronically in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format.
  • Entries should also include the student’s name, address, telephone number, law school, expected graduation date, and the following signed statement: “I declare that during the 2015-16 academic year, I was enrolled and in good standing (i) at a Virginia law school, or (ii) at a law school outside Virginia as a Virginia resident. I further declare that this entry was written solely by me while enrolled and in good standing in law school.”
  • The student author’s inclusion of this statement in the transmittal email, together with his or her typed name between two forward slashes (i.e. /Jane M. Doe/) shall constitute a signature for the purpose of the signed statement requirement.

Submitting Details:

All entries must be sent by email to tbranscom-at-cowanperry.com.

Award Amount:

  • $5,000 amount and publication on the Section’s website
  • If the Section determines that a second article is of sufficient quality, it may award a second prize of $2,500 for that article, as well

Application Deadline:

All entries must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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