Law

Writing Competitions

Many organizations throughout the country, and the world, sponsor writing competitions for law students.  The competitions typically focus on a particular area of the law.  Participating in a writing competition is a great way to explore an area of interest and to hone your writing skills.  As a bonus, the competitions often grant cash prizes, travel opportunities, or publication opportunities for the winning essays.  For more information feel free to contact Professor Rachel Smith (rachel.smith@uc.edu) or view the table below.

Legal writing competitions by topic.
Topic Sponsor Competition Name Submission Website Link 1st Prize Value
Administrative Law ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition May 1, 2018 American Bar Association  $5,000
Native American Law or Indigenous Peoples The Sovereignty Symposium XXX Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition May 1, 2018 Justice Rudolph Hardgrave Writing Competition  $1,500
Economic Liberty Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition May 15, 2018 Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition: Economic Liberty $5,000
Environmental Law Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition May 15, 2018 http://www.pacificlegal.org/pja/writingcomp  $3,000
Free Speech Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition May 15, 2018 http://www.pacificlegal.org/pja/writingcomp  $3,000
Property Law Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition May 15, 2018 pacificlegal.org $3,000
International Law Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition May 17, 2018 law.uga.edu $1,000
Endangered Species ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Endangered Species Writing Competition May 18, 2018 americanbar.org $1,000
Bicycle Safety Law The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day The Advocates Scholarship May 30, 2018 utahadvocates.com $1,000
Sports Law National Sports Law Institute Anne Wall Brand Protection Student Writing Competition And Award May 31, 2018 law.marquette.edu  
Property Law ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Law Student Writing Contest May 31, 2018 americanbar.org $2,500
Energy Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Energy Law Writing Competition May 31, 2018 americanbar.org $1,000
Intellectual Property IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center For Intellectual Property IDEA 2018 Student Writing Contest May 31, 2018 law.unh.edu $500
Tax Law Tax Analysts Tax Analysts Annual Student Writing Competition May 31, 2018 taxanalysts.org publication
Justice System--Fiction ABA Journal Ross Essay Contest June 1, 2018 abajournal.com $3,000
Environmental Law New York State Bar Association Prof. Wm R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest June 1, 2018 nysba.org $1,000
Firearms Moses & Rooth Legal Scholarship  June 1, 2018 mosesandrooth.com $1,000
Holocaust University of Alberta Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award June 1, 2018 ualberta.ca $500 CDN
Labor & Employment Law American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Employee Benefits Writing Competition June 1, 2018 acebc.com $1,500
Workers' Compensation Law Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers/Law Offices of Alex Berman, PC Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship June 1, 2018 workerscomplawyerhelp.com $500
Employment Benefits American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition June 1, 2018 acebc.com $1,500
Legal Writing The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing June 1, 2018 brownsims.com $10,000
Planning/Land Use American Planning Association Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition June 4, 2018 planning.org $2,000
Disability Law Mercer University School of Law and the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition June 8, 2018 law.mercer.edu $1,000
Admiralty and Maritime Law ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law June 8, 2018 americanbar.org $1,000
Food and Drug Law Food and Drug Law Institution (FDLI) H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions June 11, 2018 fdli.org $750
Labor & Employment Law ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law National Student Writing Competition June 15, 2018 laborandemploymentcollege.org $3,000
Alternative Dispute Resolution ABA Dispute Resolution James Boskey ADR Writing Competition June 15, 2018 americanbar.org $1,000
Labor & Employment Law The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers/ABA College of Labor and Employment Lawyers -- Writing Competition for Law Students June 15, 2018 laborandemploymentcollege.org $3,000
Misc. Chapman LLC Chapman Scholarship for Law Students June 15, 2018 johnschapman.com  
Trusts and Estates American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition June 15, 2018 actecfoundation.org $5,000
Intellectual Property American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Award June 29, 2018 aipla.org travel expenses
Information  Technology State Bar of Michigan Edward F. Langs Writing Competition June 30, 2018 connect.michbar.org $3,000
Pharmacy Law American Society for Pharmacy Law Larry M. Simonsmeier Award June 30, 2018 aspl.org Award
Public Utility, Transportation, Communication Law ABA Law Student Division K. William Kolbe Writing Competition June 30, 2018 americanbar.org $2,500
Cultural Heritage The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation Cultural Heritage Preservation Law Student Writing Competition June 30, 2018 culturalheritagelaw.org $500
Expungement Law Higbee & Associates Law Student Expungement Writing Competition June 30, 2018 recordgone.com $2,000
Women's Rights National Association of Women Lawyers Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing  Competition June 30, 2018 cschs.org $2,500
Civil Liberties Chicago-Kent College of Law Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize July 1, 2018 kentlaw.iit.edu $10,000
Religious Liberty Washington, D.C. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Competition July 1, 2018 dropbox.com $4,000
Asian Pacific American Issues Asian Pacific ABA Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition July 1, 2018 aefdc.com $6,000
Criminal Justice ABA Section of Criminal Justice William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition July 1, 2018 americanbar.org $2,500
Ethics/Professional Responsibility American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Writing Competition July 1, 2018 innsofcourt.org $5,000
Education Law The Education Law Association George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award July 1, 2018 educationlaw.org publication
Jurisprudence Federal Circuit Bar Association George Hutchinson Writing Competition July 1, 2018 fedcirbar.org $3,000
Tax Law Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship Tannenwald Writing Competition July 6, 2018 tannenwald.org $5,000
Construction Law ABA Construction Industry Law Student Writing Competition July 9, 2018 americanbar.org $2,000
Animal Law Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association  Student Writing Competition July 12, 2018 nysba.org $1,000
Public Interest Law University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Essay Competition July 30, 2018 pennlawreview.com $5,000
Juvenile Justice The Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship  July 31, 2018 criminallawdenver.com $1,000
Human Rights Union Internationale Des Avocats Jacques Leroy International Prize in Business & Human Rights July 31, 2018 innsofcourt.org $1,000
Military Law National Institute for Military Justice Admiral John S. Jenkins Prize for Excellence in Military Studies July 31, 2018 nimj.org $250
Business Law New York State Bar Association Business Law Section Business Law Section Annual Law Student Writing Competition August 15, 2018 New York State Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Writing Competition $2,000
Securities Law & Arbitration Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) James E. Beckley Writing Competition August 31, 2018 http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition $1,000
Legal Practice NW Corporate Law Scholarship Northwest Corporate Law LLC October 1, 2018 nwcorporatelaw.com $1,000
Bicycle Safety Law The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day The Advocates Scholarship December 15, 2018 utahadvocates.com $1,000
Misc. The National Law Review The NLR Law Student Writing Competition  Monthly http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition publication
International Economic Law Houston Journal of International Law James Baker Hughes Prize rolling http://www.hjil.org/submissions/james-baker-hughes/ $500