Writing Competitions

Student Writing Competitions

Students can earn scholarship and prizes by participating in writing competitions, often sponsored by attorney bar associations like the American Bar Association. Many of these competitions are focused on specific practice areas in the law. Students preparing notes or other significant research papers may also have the opportunity to have their work published by the competition's sponsors.

In additions, there are certain publications (like the Wall Street Journal's opinion page, or the National Law Review) that actively solicit shorter student pieces.

Below is a listing of just a few of the writing competitions available for law students, and the associated deadlines for submitting papers.

Writing Competitions

8/15/19 NYSBA Business Law Section, topic relevant to NY business lawyers, but open to anyone
8/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
9/1/19 Yale Law Journal Forum Student Essay Competition, on novel issues in immigration law
9/20/19 Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition, on arbitration and securities law
9/30/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
10/1/19 NW Corporate Law Scholarship, on inefficiencies in the legal profession
10/15/19 CIPSC 2019 Competition, on IP and technology law
10/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
11/8/19 NYSBA Albert S. Pergam Int'l Law Writing Competition, on international law
11/30/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
12/1/19 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, on consumer financial services
12/15/19 Reeves Law Group Scholarship, on problem-solving using law
12/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
1/7/20 Federalist Society Article I Initiative, on the non-delegation principle
1/17/20 Center for Alcohol Policy National Essay Contest, on SCOTUS 2019 TN Wine & Spirits case
   
1/2/19 Entertainment Law Initiative, on issues confronting the music industry
1/7/19 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition, on federal tax law
1/11/19 U. Pa. L. Rev. Public Interest Essay Competition, on social justice and the public interest
1/15/19 American College of Legal Medicine Competition, on law, medicine, and bioethics
1/18/19 Ladas Memorial Award Competition, on trademark law
1/23/19 Louis Jackson Nat'l Student Memorial Writing Competition, on employment and labor law
1/25/19 Epstein Becker Green Health Law Writing Competition, on health law
1/31/19 ABA Antitrust Law Competition, on antitrust, competition, and consumer protection
1/31/19 American Indian Law Review Writing Competition, on indigenous peoples
1/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
1/31/19 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize, on democracy, governance, and reproductive justice
2/1/19 Hofstra/Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, on family law
2/1/19 Human Rights Essay Award, on international human rights law
2/1/18 SE/SW People of Color Conference Student Writing Competition, on diversity in legal education
2/1/19 Trandafir Writing Competition, on contemporary int'l business concern
2/3/19 ACS Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition, on regulatory and administrative law
2/10/19 ACS Constance Baker Motley Competition, on progressive vision of Constitution, law, and public policy
2/11/19 McGill/Baxter Family Competition on Federalism, on federalism
2/15/19 ABA Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest, on legal malpractice and prof. liability insurance
2/15/19 ABA Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest, on business law
2/15/19 ATRIP Competition for Young Researchers in IP Law, on intellectual property
2/15/19 NYSBA Business Law Section, topic relevant to NY business lawyers, but open to anyone
2/22/19 ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, on admiralty and maritime law
2/28/19 Natl Italian American Bar Assn Scholarship, on experience demonstrating pride in Italian heritage
2/28/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
3/1/19 Schulman Competition, on criminal law and/or criminal procedure
3/4/19 NYIPLA William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition, on IP law
3/8/19 ABA Affordable Housing & Community Development Competition, on affordable housing or community development law
3/18/19 American Bankruptcy Institute, on bankruptcy
3/27/19 Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition, on law and technology
3/30/18 American Kennel Club Writing Contest, on companion animal law
3/31/19 International Insolvency Institute Prize, on intl insolvency and restructuring
3/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
4/1/19 Beverly Hills Bar Association Rule of Law Competition, on the rule of law
4/1/19 NW Corporate Law Scholarship, on inefficiencies in the legal profession
4/8/19 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition, on constitutional environmental law
4/12/19 ABA Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay, on family law
4/13/18 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition, on tax law
4/15/19 James R. Cleary Prize for Student Media Law and Policy Research, on media law and policy
4/15/19 Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition, on Native American law
4/15/19 Morris L. Cohen Writing Competition, on legal history, rare books, or legal archives
4/26/19 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, on legal ethics
4/30/19 Cal. Lawyers Assn. Public Law Section, on public law (admin law, con law, election law, legislation, etc.)
4/30/19 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Competition, on strategies to address gun violence
4/30/19 JAG National Security Law Writing Competition, on national security and mass movements of peoples
4/30/19 Nat'l Ass'n of Chapter 13 Trustees Law Student Writing Competition, on Chapter 13
4/30/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
4/30/19 TPRC47, on communications, information, and internet policy
5/1/18 ABA Gellhorn-Sargentich Competition, on administrative law
5/1/18 NAWL Selma Moidel Smith Competition, on women's rights or women in the law
5/1/19 AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship, for commitment to trial advocacy and personal injury law
5/1/19 Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition, on indigenous peoples
5/15/18 Pacific Legal Foundation, with a few specified topical cues
5/18/18 Andrew P. Vance Writing Competition, on customs and int'l trade law
5/18/19 ABA Environment, Energy, Resources Writing Competition, on water resources
5/18/19 ABA Environment, Energy, Resources Writing Competition, on endangered species
5/18/19 ABA Environment, Energy, Resources Writing Competition, on energy law
5/18/19 ABA Environment, Energy, Resources Writing Competition, on public land and resources
5/25/18 AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Student Writing Competition, on class actions
5/31/19 ABA Real Property, Trusts & Estates Competition, on real property, trusts & estates
5/31/19 Georgetown Law Inst. for Tech. Law & Policy, on AI, machine learning, or data analytics
5/31/19 IDEA Student IP Writing Competition, on intellectual property law
5/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
5/31/19 National Sports Law Student Writing Competition, on sports law
6/1/19 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest, for short fiction on the role of law/lawyers
6/1/19 Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research, on legislative oversight
6/1/19 Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship, on workplace injuries
6/1/19 Moses & Rooth Criminal Defense Scholarship, on DUI checkpoints
6/3/19 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Prize, on employee benefits law
6/3/19 Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, on any legal topic
6/7/19 APA Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition, on city planning, land use, local gov't, or environmental law
6/8/18 Milani Writing Competition, on disability law
6/10/19 FDLI H. Thomas Austern Writing Competition, on FDA-regulated industries
6/14/19 James B. Boskey ADR Writing Competition, on dispute resolution
6/15/19 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, on labor and employment law
6/15/19 ACTEC Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition, on trusts and estates
6/15/19 Chapman Albin Scholarship Award
6/17/19 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition, on trusts and estates
6/28/19 AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award, on IP law
6/30/19 ASPL Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award, on pharmacy law
6/30/19 Christopher E. Bergin Award, on tax law or policy
6/30/18 Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition, on criminal record expungement
6/30/19 CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition, on California legal history
6/30/19 K. William Kolbe Writing Competition, on infrastructure and regulated industries
6/30/19 LCCHP Student Writing Competition, on cultural heritage law
6/30/19  Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
7/1/19 ABA William W. Greenhalgh Competition, on the use of drones by law enforcement
7/1/19 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize, on professionalism and ethics
7/1/19 George Hutchinson Writing Competition, on matters w/in Federal Circuit jurisdiction
7/1/19 George Jay Joseph Competition, on education law
7/1/19 ICLRS Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition, on religious liberty
7/1/19 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition, on issues important to Asian-American community
7/1/19 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, on civil liberties and national security
7/8/19 Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship, on tax law
7/12/19 NYSBA Committee on Animals and the Law Writing Competition, on animal law
7/19/19 AAAL Eisenberg Prize, on appellate practice and procedure
7/26/19 ABA Forum on Construction Law, on construction law
7/31/19 Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship, on juvenile justice
7/31/19 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
7/31/19 Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins Writing Award, on a military legal topic
8/1/19 National Association of Women Judges: NAWJ Equal Access to Justice Scholarship
8/31/18 ABA National Security Law Student Writing Competition, on national security
9/15/18 2018 Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition, on legal ethics
9/28/18 ACS Rule of Law Strategy Competition, on presidential conflicts of interest
9/30/18 ABA Public Contract Annual Writing Competition, on public contracts and grants
11/15/18 ABA Haiku Contest, on US Supreme Court decisions and the Constitution
11/19/18 Scribes award, best student-written article in law review
11/30/18 ABA Health Law Student Writing Competition, on health law
12/7/18 IEL Hartrick Scholar Competition, on energy development
12/7/18 Mark T. Banner Scholarship, on intellectual property careers and diversity
12/15/18 Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition, on issues affecting LGBT communities
12/18/18 Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition, on AI or the Internet of Things
12/31/18 ACLM Basanta Award, on medical ethics or legal medicine
12/31/18 Expert Institute, on expert witnesses