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 Competions.
Topic Sponsor Competition Name Submission Deadline Website Link 1st Prize Value
Administrative Law ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition September 15, 2020 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/administrative_law/initiatives_awards/gellhorn_sargentich_law_student_essay_competition/ $5,000
Alcohol Policy Center for Alcohol Policy State Regulation of Alcohol January 8, 2021 http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest $5,000
Alternative Dispute Resolution ABA Dispute Resolution James Boskey ADR Writing Competition June 12, 2020 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions/james_b_boskey_law_student_essay_contest_on_dispute_resolution.html $1,000
Animal Law The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Writing Contest March 31, 2021 https://akcgr.org/akc/writeaboutanimallaw $2,500
Antitrust New York State Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Law Student Writing Competition April 30, 2020 http://www.nysba.org/awards/ $5,000
Appellate Practice & Procedure American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Howard B. Eisenberg Writing Competition July 17, 2020 http://www.appellateacademy.org/about/eisenberg_prize.cfm $2,000
Armed Forces Law ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law Law Student Writing Contest November 16, 2020 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/armed_forces_law/ $750 expenses
Asian Pacific American Issues Asian Pacific ABA Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition July 1, 2020 http://www.aefdc.com/matsui-writing-competition/ $6,000
Banking Law American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers ACCFSL Annual Writing Competition December 1, 2020 http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/ $1,000
Bicycle Safety Law The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day The Advocates Scholarship December 30, 2020 https://www.utahadvocates.com/scholarship/ $1,000
Bicycle Safety Law The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day The Advocates Scholarship June 30, 2021 https://www.utahadvocates.com/scholarship/ $1,000
Civil Liberties Chicago-Kent College of Law Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize July 1, 2020 https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/palmer-civil-liberties-prize $10,000
Consitutional Law ABA Constitutional Law Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Criminal Justice ABA Section of Criminal Justice William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition July 1, 2020 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/awards/writing_competition/ $2,500
Criminal Law Moses & Rooth Legal Scholarship  May 31, 2020 https://www.mosesandrooth.com/2017-legal-scholarship/ $1,000
Criminal Law Law Offices of David Michael Cantor Strive to be the Best Criminal Lawyer Scholarship Fund December 31, 2020 http://dmcantor.com/criminal-defense-lawyer-scholarship-fund/# $2,500
Cultural Heritage The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation Cultural Heritage Preservation Law Student Writing Competition June 30, 2020 https://www.culturalheritagelaw.org/competition/ $500
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 10, 2020 https://law.mercer.edu/academics/legalwriting/milani-writing-competition.cfm $1,000
Education Law The Education Law Association George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award September 1, 2020 https://educationlaw.org/ela-award-nominations/george-jay-joseph-award publication
Employment Benefits American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition June 3, 2020 https://www.acebc.com/employee-benefits-writing-competition $1,500
Endangered Species ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Endangered Species Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Energy Law Institute for Energy Law (IEL) IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition December 6, 2019 http://www.cailaw.org/institute-for-energy-law/law-schools-and-students.html $2,500
Energy Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Energy Law Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Entertainment/Sports Law Recording Academy & ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sprots Industries Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition January 4, 2020 https://www.grammy.com/entertainment-law-initiative $10,000
Environmental Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Environmental Transactions and Brownfields May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Environmental Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Waste and Resource Recovery Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Environmental Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources International Environmental and Resources Law Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Environmental Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Forest Law Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Environmental Law New York State Bar Association Prof. Wm R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest June 1, 2021 http://www.nysba.org/ENVEssayContest/ $1,000
Ethics/Professional Responsibility Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition April 26, 2020 https://law.nd.edu/assets/304361/2019_nd_law_school_writing_poster.pdf $2,500
Ethics/Professional Responsibility American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Writing Competition July 1, 2021 http://home.innsofcourt.org/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize/Warren_E_Burger_Prize.aspx $5,000
Family Law Association of Family & Conciliation Courts/Hofstra Family Law Writing Competition February 1, 2021 http://www.afccnet.org/ $500
Family Law ABA Section of Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest April 9, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/awards-initiatives/essay_contest/ $1,500
Federalism McGill University's Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism Baxter Family Competition on Federalism February 1, 2021 https://www.mcgill.ca/federalism/baxter-family-competition-federalism $5,000
Food and Drug Law Food and Drug Law Institution (FDLI) H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions June 19, 2020 https://www.fdli.org/career/austern-writing-competition/ $750
Food Safety Pritzker Hageman, P.A. Food Safety Scholarship June 1, 2020 http://www.pritzkerlaw.com/scholarship/ $3,000
Gun Violence Public Citizen  Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest April 30, 2020 http://www.citizen.org/law-school-contest $5,000
Health Law ABA Section of Health Law Health Law Section Writing Competition November 30, 2019 https://abaforlawstudents.com/events/law-student-competitions/writing-competitions/ $500
Health Law American College of Legal Medicine Hirsh Award January 30, 2020 https://aclm.memberclicks.net/student-writing-competition $1,000
Holocaust University of Alberta Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award July 1, 2021 https://www.ualberta.ca/law/campus-life/scholarships-awards/index.html $2000 honorarium
Immigrants The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans October 29, 2020 https://www.pdsoros.org/apply $25,000
Intellectual Property IDEA®: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center For Intellectual Property IDEA 2018 Student Writing Contest May 29, 2020 https://law.unh.edu/academics/journals/idea/student-competition $500
Intellectual Property American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Award June 30, 2020 https://www.aipla.org/resources/programs-awards/robert-c.-watson-award travel expenses
Intellectual Property The Richard Linn American Inn of Court The Mark T. Banner Scholarship December 4, 2020 http://www.linninn.org/Pages/scholarship.shtml $10,000
International Economic Law Houston Journal of International Law James Baker Hughes Prize March 25, 2021 http://www.hjil.org/submissions/james-baker-hughes/ $500
International Human Rights American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition February 1, 2021 https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/award/ present at the conference/travel expenses
International Law Goettingen Journal of International Law GoJIL Student Essay Competition September 1, 2020 https://www.gojil.eu/ publication
International Law International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition of the New York State Bar Association International Law Practice Section November 6, 2020 https://www.nysba.org/pergamwritingcompetition/ $2,000
Justice System--Fiction ABA Journal Ross Essay Contest June 1, 2020 http://www.abajournal.com/contests/ross_essay/ $3,000
Juvenile Justice The Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship  July 31, 2020 https://www.criminallawdenver.com/juvenile-justice-law-school-scholarship/ $1,000
Labor & Employment Law ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law National Student Writing Competition June 15, 2020 https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/white-papers/law-student-writing-competition/law-student-writing-competition-2 $3,000
Labor & Employment Law The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers/ABA College of Labor and Employment Lawyers -- Writing Competition for Law Students June 15, 2020 http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/white-papers/law-student-writing-competition/law-student-writing-competition-2 $3,000
Labor & Employment Law New York State Bar Association Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition October 30, 2020 https://nysba.org/awards-competitions/labor-and-employment-law-section-dr-emanuel-stein-and-kenneth-stein-memorial-law-student-writing-competition/ $3,000
Legal Practice NW Corporate Law Scholarship Northwest Corporate Law LLC December 1, 2020 https://www.nwcorporatelaw.com/law-scholarship/ $1,000
Legal Writing Mensa Education & Research Foundation Essay Contest January 15, 2020 http://www.mensafoundation.org/foundation/?LinkServID=DADFCFF0-E081-4C23-C4F4FFD60970758C $3,000
Legal Writing The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing June 30, 2020 https://www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/ $10,000
LGBTQ+ Legal Issues National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition May 1, 2020 https://lgbtbar.org/programs/awards/michael-greenberg-writing-competition/ $1,000
Military Law National Institute for Military Justice Admiral John S. Jenkins Prize for Excellence in Military Studies July 31, 2020 https://nimj.org/nimj-writing-competitions/rear-admiral-john-s-jenkins-writing-award/ $250
Misc. Chapman LLC Chapman Scholarship for Law Students June 15, 2020 http://www.johnschapman.com/law-school-scholarship/ n/a
Misc. The National Law Review The NLR Law Student Writing Competition  Monthly http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition publication
National Security The Air Force Judge Advocate General's School and the Air Force JAG School Foundation National Security Law Writing Competition April 15, 2020 afjag.af.mil/Portals/77/documents/AFJAGS/2020%20AFJAGS%20National%20Security%20Law%20Writing%20Competition%20Rules.pdf?ver=2019-11-22-171535-827 $1,000
Native American Law or Indigenous Peoples The Sovereignty Symposium XXX Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition May 1, 2020 http://www.thesovereigntysymposium.com/Documents/Hargrave%20prize.pdf $1,500
Pharmacy Law American Society for Pharmacy Law Larry M. Simonsmeier Award June 30, 2020 http://www.aspl.org/larry-m-simonsmeier-award Award
Planning/Land Use American Planning Association Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition June 7, 2020 https://www.planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/writingcompetition/ $2,000
Professional Responsibility AALS Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize  September 1, 2020 https://contemporaryprofessionalresponsibility.com/2019/08/12/fred-c-zacharias-memorial-prize-for-scholarship-in-professional-responsibility-call-for-papers-reminder/ n/a
Property Law ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Law Student Writing Contest May 29, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/real_property_trust_estate/fellowships-and-awards/law-student-writing-competition/ $2,500
Public Contract Law ABA & Public Contract Law Journal ABA/PCLJ Writing Competition September 30, 2020 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_contract_law/awards/ $2,000
Public Interest Law University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Essay Competition January 11, 2020 https://www.pennlawreview.com/public-interest-essay-competition/ $5,000
Public Land & Resources Law ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Public Land & Resources Writing Competition May 31, 2021 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources/ $1,000
Public Utility, Transportation, Communication Law ABA Law Student Division K. William Kolbe Writing Competition June 30, 2020 https://www.americanbar.org/groups/infrastructure-regulated-industries/awards.html $2,500
Securities Law & Arbitration Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) James E. Beckley Writing Competition September 18, 2020 https://piaba.org/2019-beckley-student-writing-competition-0 $1,000
Sports Law National Sports Law Institute Anne Wall Brand Protection Student Writing Competition And Award August 28, 2020 https://law.marquette.edu/national-sports-law-institute/national-sports-law-student-writing-competition-0 n/a
Tax Law Tax Analysts Tax Analysts Annual Student Writing Competition June 30, 2020 http://www.taxanalysts.org/awards/for-students publication
Tax Law Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship Tannenwald Writing Competition July 8, 2020 https://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Rules $5,000
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 30, 2021 https://actecfoundation.org/resources-for-law-students/law-student-writing-competition/ $5,000
Women's Rights National Association of Women Lawyers Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing  Competition June 30, 2020 https://www.cschs.org/programs/student-writings/ $2,500
Workers' Compensation Law Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers/Law Offices of Alex Berman, PC Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship June 1, 2020 http://www.workerscomplawyerhelp.com/scholarship/ $500
           
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