Food and Drug Law Institute’s H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition

Monday, June 11, 2018
Award Amount: 

 $750 for first place, $500 for second, and $250 for third, and a complimentary one-year FDLI membership. Top papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Papers should provide an indepth analysis of a current legal or regulatory issue concerning FDA regulated industries: food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices or tobacco. FDLI welcomes the submission of papers prepared for course work, but entrants must pay attention to competition details and edit such papers accordingly.
Students must register for submission through the online competition portal; all papers must be submitted within the portal.
Students will submit an abstract.
No author identifying information may be included in the body of the text. The author’s name should only be shared when registering.
Papers may not exceed 100 pages (double spaced, one-inch margins).
Papers must be unpublished.

Judging Considerations
Thoroughness and depth of legal analysis
Originality and difficulty of topic
Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes, and regulations
Quality of thesis/argument
Quality of legal research
Writing style
Conciseness; quality will be valued over quantity
Form and quality of citations
Conformity with requirements of competition