Hofstra Law

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition


Deadline Date: Jun 8th, 2014
Posted Date: Sep 19th, 2011


The Competitions

The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices and tobacco. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal. There are two competitions – one for papers with a maximum of 40 pages, and one for papers between 41 and 100 pages. Papers longer than 100 pages will not be accepted.


1st place — $4,000 | 2nd place — $1,000
Two prizes will be awarded for each of the two competitions.*

The 2014 Competition will open mid-November 2013; the deadline for submission will be Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Who is Eligible

Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. program at any of the nation's "ABA-accredited" law schools or a 2013-2014 academic year graduate.

Paper Requirements

Noncompliance with these requirements will affect evaluation and may result in disqualification.

  • Papers for the short paper competition shall not exceed 40 pages in length, including appendices (if any) and footnotes, which may be single-spaced. The maximum number of pages for the long paper competition is 100 pages (41-100 pages).
  • Submission must include a cover page that includes paper title and a 250 word or less abstract.

  • Papers may not include any identifying information.

  • Submissions shall be typewritten, double-spaced on 8½ x 11 inch paper.

  • The submission must be a WORD® document, printouts of which should conform to all other paper requirements.  

  • Papers shall include footnotes, not endnotes. Text and footnote type shall be in 12-pt. Times Roman font.

  • Papers shall have one-inch margins (right, left, top, and bottom). 

The 2014 Competition will open mid-November 2013; the deadline for submission will be Sunday, June 8, 2014.

We do accept submissions that have been submitted to other writing contests, however, if you win FDLI’s competition and are chosen to be published in the Food and Drug Law Journal it must be the first publication that includes your article.