Writing Competitions

ABA Section of Administrative Law & Tegulatory Practice: Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student; Must be less than 12 pages

Deadline: April

ABA Section of Antitrust Law: 10th Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be an article published between Jan. 1 - March 1

Deadline: February

ABA Section of Business Law: Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Must be 20-30 pages long with a maximum of 100 pages

Deadline: January

ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law School Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar; not to exceed 20 pages

Deadline: May

ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP: The 2008 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Must be less than 3,000 words

Deadline: February

ACEBC Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Paper must deal with employee benefits and not exceed 40 pages

Deadline: June

ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in law school; Paper may not be published

Deadline: January

ACLM Postdoctoral Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in law school; Paper may not be published

Deadline: January

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Eligibility Criteria: Papers may be published or unpublished

Deadline: December

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel: Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Student-written scholarly work that address one or more legal issues in the area of trusts and estates and related taxation.

Deadline: June

American Indian Law Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be 20-50 pages; Must have only one author

Deadline: January

American Intellectual Property Law Association: Watson Award Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Papers must be written soley by full-time student(s); Must be approximately the equivalent 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy)

Deadline: June

American Judges Association, American Judges Foundation: Annual Law Student Essay Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student; Must be an unpublished work; Must be 10-12 pages

Deadline: June

APA Planning and Law Division: Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Papers cannot exceed 45 pages; Must demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas

Deadline: June


ASECA Securities Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be current student. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during 2013, and papers scheduled for publication in 2013 or 2014 are eligible.

Deadline: November


James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Submissions are limited to 25 pages, and may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.

Deadline: September

Berkeley Technology Law Journal: 2010 Writing competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be an unpublished paper; Must be less than 50 pages

Deadline: February

Boston Patent Law Association: Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Maximum 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy); Paper subject relating to intellectual property law

Deadline: September

Canadian American Bar Association: Law Student Essay Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Paper must not exceed 2,000 words including endnotes

Deadline: March

Center for Reproductive Rights: Sarah Weddington Prize

Eligibility Criteria: Papers must be at least 20 pages; Previously published papers cannot be accepted

Deadline: March

Embryo Adoption Awareness Center: Embryo Law Essay Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Paper must be the student's original, unpublished work; Co-authored papers are ineligible; Papers must not exceed 20 pages, including title, citations, and any footnotes

Deadline: March

Environmental Law Institute: ELI-ABA-NAELS "Endangered Environmental Laws" Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student (including recent spring/summer grads); Must be an unpublished article; Must be less than 50 pages

Deadline: April

Epstien Becker & Green Health Care & Life Science Law Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care or areas of law unique to health care

Deadline: January

Fair Rate Funding Essay Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Submit a 1,000-word minimum essay on the topic “Why is litigation finance an important piece of the legal landscape?"

Deadline: December

Federal Bar Association: Taxation Section

Eligibility Criteria: Students are allowed to submit any original and unpublished paper, so long as it is not written as part of paid employment, concerning federal taxation. Papers should be between 20-50 pages, doubled spaced.

Deadline: January

Food and Drug Law Institute: H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions for Law Students

Eligibility Criteria: Current law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices and tobacco. 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.

Deadline: June

Foreign Affairs Student Writing Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Papers must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words; Papers must be original, unpublished work written by contestants themselves

Deadline: June

FoxKiser Annual Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Papers will be evaluated based on depth of research, originality of thought, quality, clarity and efficiency of presentation, and relevance to current policy

Deadline: June

GRAMMY Foundation: Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student; Must be unpublished work; Co-authorship is not permitted; Maximum 3,000 words not including endnotes/footnotes

Deadline: January

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student; entry must be submtted by faculty advisor

Deadline: Intent to enter - January. Essay submission - March

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award

Eligibility Criteria: Paper must have been composed in partial satisfaction of the requirements for an undergraduate or graduate degree in law; Must be between 7,500 and 10,000 words including references; Must include letter of endorsement from the paper's course professor

Deadline: July

Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Essay Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: 10 scholarships to be awarded for an essay between 750 - 1,500 words on one of the following topics - a mesothelioma survivor’s personal story, history of asbestos use in America, or the latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma.

Deadline: October

IABA's Law Student Best Paper Award

Eligibility Criteria: Length for the paper shall be 20-30 pages, double-spaced, excluding foot/end notes; Paper must be accompanied by a certification issued by the law school the author attends, indicating that he/she is currently enrolled as a law student

Deadline: April

IADC Legal Writing Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Entries must be te original work of a single author, not previously published, and must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in te defense or management of the defense of civil litigations

Deadline: May

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be currently enrolled student; Paper topic related to international humanitarian law; Must be unpublished work with one author

Deadline: January

International Migration Thesis Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Thesis central topic must analyze or compare the Mexican migration phenomenon through emission, reception or transit of migrants; Thesis can be submitted by individual authors or a collective; Must be written in English or Spanish

Deadline: February

Journal of Business & Securities Law: Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Paper must be on a current topic concerning business and/or securities law; Must be in journal style

Deadline: February

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a currently enrolled student; Submit four copies of a current legal writing with a letter of recommendation by a law school faculty member, or legal professional other than the author

Deadline: June

Ladas Memorial Award

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a full/part time law student OR legal practitioner; Must be a published/unpublished manuscript less than a year old

Deadline: January

Law and Social Inquiry Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current graduate or law student; Must be journal-length paper in field of sociolegal studies.

Deadline: March

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment & Labor Law

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in an accredited law school; Must be author's own unpublished work; Authors must have completed or currently taking course work in employment or labor law

Deadline: January


LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in an accredited law school; Must be author's own unpublished work. Submit a paper of up to 20 pages on the topic "What techniques, resources, and strategies should law schools utilize to retain and recruit students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession."

Deadline: May


Nadrich & Cohen, L.L.P. Emergency Fund

Eligibility Criteria: Submit a 500 to 1000 word essay on the importance of jury trials in our society. Submissions will be judged according to creativity, passion, and knowledge of the subject.

Deadline: June

National Association of Women Lawyers: Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Paper concerning women's rights or the status of women in law; Must be unpublished; Must be enrolled in law school

Deadline: May

New York Intellectual Property Law Association: Honorable Wm. C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program; Paper topic must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, e.g., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust; Maximum 25 pages

Deadline: March

New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in a J.D. program; Paper concerning any topic on Animal Law.

Deadline: June

New York University School of Law Environmental Law Essay Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a JD student or recent graduate within one year; Paper must be unpublished, original work not completed for paid employment;

Deadline: December


Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria: 500 word essay; Must be an entering 1L, 2L, and 3L, minority AAJ Law Student member

Deadline: May

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Eligibility Criteria: Papers should be between 10 and 20 pages; Papers must not presently be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment

Deadline: May

The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers: Annual Writing Compeition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current law student; Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages

Deadline: January

Salvi, Schostock & Pritchard, P.C.'s Law School Scholarship Essay Contest

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a currently enrolled student, essay must pertain to either cerebral palsy or car accident topics

Deadline: March

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic, paper not to exceed 50 pages

Deadline: April

The National Lesbian & Gay Law Association: Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competion

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a currently enrolled student

Deadline: June

The Sovereignty Symposium: Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Papers must be between 30 and 50 pages

Deadline: May

The Tannenwald Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student; Must be 20-25 pages; Paper must be sponsored by a law professor; Only 8 papers per school

Deadline: July

Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems: Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Must be a current student; Must be less than 50 pages; Must be an unpublished paper

Deadline: March

Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition

Eligibility Criteria: Team competition open to current law students. Entry fee required.

Deadline: October

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition

Eligibility Criteria: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and Brooklyn Law School (BLS) are sponsoring this writing competition to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law. The paper shall not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. 

Contact: vance.competition@brooklaw.edu

Deadline: May


Warren E. Burger Prize

Eligibility Criteria: Must be original and unpublised works of 10,000 - 25,000 words including footnotes

Deadline: June