Writing Competitions

Student Writing Competitions

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

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

12/15/18 Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition, on issues affecting LGBT communities
12/15/18 Reeves Law Group Scholarship, on problem-solving using law
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
12/31/18 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
1/2/19 Entertainment Law Initiative, on issues confronting the music industry
1/7/19 Federalist Society Article I Initiative, on Congress and the separation of powers
1/11/19 U. Pa. L. Rev. Public Interest Essay Competition, on social justice and the public interest
1/14/19 McGill/Baxter Family Competition on Federalism, on federalism
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 Human Rights Essay Award, on international human rights law
2/1/19 Trandafir Writing Competition, on contemporary int'l business concern
2/1/19 Hofstra/Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, on family law
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
2/15/19 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
2/28/19 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
3/31/19 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
4/30/19 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Competition, on strategies to address gun violence
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
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
5/31/19 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 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 Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research, on legislative oversight
6/1/19 Moses & Rooth Criminal Defense Scholarship, on DUI checkpoints
6/10/19 FDLI H. Thomas Austern Writing Competition, on FDA-regulated industries
6/15/19 ACTEC Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition, on trusts and estates
6/15/19 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, on labor and employment law
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
6/30/19 National Law Review 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 Jay Joseph Competition, on education law
7/8/19 Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship, on tax law 
7/19/19 AAAL Eisenberg Prize, on appellate practice and procedure
8/15/19 NYSBA Business Law Section, topic relevant to NY business lawyers, but open to anyone
   
2/1/18 SE/SW People of Color Conference Student Writing Competition, on diversity in legal education
3/9/18 ABA Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest, on legal malpractice and prof. liability insurance
3/28/18 Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition, on law and technology
3/30/18 American Kennel Club Writing Contest, on companion animal law
4/13/18 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition, on tax law
4/15/18 JAG National Security Law Writing Competition, on ethical standards and national security
4/16/18 Morris L. Cohen Writing Competition, on legal history, rare books, or legal archives
4/27/18 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, on legal ethics
4/30/18 TPRC46, on communications, information, and internet policy
5/1/18 ABA Gellhorn-Sargentich Competition, on administrative law
5/1/18 Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition, on indigenous peoples
5/1/18 Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition, on Native American law
5/1/18 NAWL Selma Moidel Smith Competition, on women's rights or women in the law
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
5/25/18 AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Student Writing Competition, on class actions
5/31/18 IDEA Student IP Writing Competition, on intellectual property law
6/1/18 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest, for short fiction on the role of law/lawyers
6/1/18 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Prize, on employee benefits law
6/1/18 APA Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition, on city planning or land use law
6/1/18 Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, on any legal topic
6/1/18 Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship, on workplace injuries
6/8/18 Milani Writing Competition, on disability law
6/8/18 ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, on admiralty and maritime law
6/15/18 Chapman Albin Scholarship Award
6/15/18 James B. Boskey ADR Writing Competition, on dispute resolution
6/30/18 Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition, on criminal record expungement
6/30/18 CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition, on California legal history
6/30/18 International Insolvency Institute Prize, on intl insolvency and restructuring
6/30/18 K. William Kolbe Writing Competition, on infrastructure and regulated industries
6/30/18 LCCHP Student Writing Competition, on cultural heritage law
7/1/18 George Hutchinson Writing Competition, on matters w/in Federal Circuit jurisdiction
7/1/18 ICLRS Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition, on religious liberty
7/1/18 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition, on issues important to Asian-American community
7/1/18 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, on civil liberties and national security
7/9/18 ABA Forum on Construction Law, on construction law
7/12/18 NYSBA Committee on Animals and the Law Writing Competition, on animal law
7/31/18 Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship, on juvenile justice
7/31/18 Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins Writing Award, on a military legal topic
8/31/18 ABA National Security Law Student Writing Competition, on national security
8/31/18 Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition, on arbitration and securities law
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
10/1/18 NW Corporate Law Scholarship, on inefficiencies in the legal profession
10/15/18 CIPSC/Unified Patents 2018 Competition, on AI and machine learning for tech attorneys
10/15/18 Yale Law Journal Emerging Issues in Health Law, on novel issues in health law
10/31/18 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
11/9/18 NYSBA Albert S. Pergam Int'l Law Writing Competition, on international law
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
11/30/18 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition, on practice-oriented legal analysis
12/1/18 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, on consumer financial services
12/7/18 Center for Alcohol Policy National Essay Contest, on licensing of entities selling alcohol
12/7/18 IEL Hartrick Scholar Competition, on energy development
12/7/18 Mark T. Banner Scholarship, on intellectual property careers and diversity