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WRITING Competitions by Area of Law

Law Student Writing Competitions

A number of organizations sponsor student writing competitions. Participating in these competitions offers many rewards including the chance to contribute to the body of scholarship in a particular area of legal study, the professional recognition of your work among your peers and future employers, and often substantial financial awards.

We update this page as we receive information on new competitions. Check often. Also check for updated information on all ABA Legal Writing Competitions for 2017 at http://abaforlawstudents.com/events/law-student-competitions/writing-com...

Administrative Law

Animal Law

AntitrustLaw

Appellate Law

BankruptcyLaw

Business Law

Civil Procedure

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Entertainment Law

Environmental Law

Ethics and Professionalism

Evidence

Family Law

Health Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual PropertyLaw

International Law

Labor and Employment Law

Miscellaneous

Native American Law

Public Interest Law

State and Local Government

Securities Law

Tax Law

Tort Law

Trusts and Estates

 

Administrative Law

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Contest

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition

Animal Law

Animal Law Writing Competition

Antitrust Law

Antitrust Law Writing Competition

Appellate Law

Elisenberg Prize

Bankruptcy Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

Business Law

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission alumni, Inc. (ASECA)

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Civil Procedure

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Competition

Constitutional Law

Constance Baker Motely National Student Writing Competition

Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition

Criminal Law

Annual William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Entertainment Law

Environmental Law

White River Environmental Law Writing Contest

Ohio Environmental Law Award: Call for Papers

Ethics and Professionalism

 

2018 Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition

The Warren E. Burger Prize

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writih

Evidence

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Competition

Family Law

Health Law

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics

Health Law Writing Competition

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical- Legal Interprofessional Collaboration

Sarah Weddinton Writing Prize

  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Award - 1st Place: $750, 2nd Place: $500, 3rd Place: $250
  • http://lsrj.org/awards/

Center for Alcohol Policy

  • "Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?"
  • Award: The top three entries will receive, $5,000; $2,500; $1,000
  • www.CenterforAlcoholPolicy.org

Insurance Law

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Competition

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition

Robert C. Watson Award

International Law

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition

Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition

  • Relation between unlawful use of force and the war crime of disproportionate force not justified by military necessity
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Award - 1st Place: $10,000, 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place: $2,500
  • Register intent to participate by emailing Michael.scharfnull@case.nulledu

The State Bar of California Law Student Writing Competition

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

  • The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
  • Award - $500, one-year ASIL student membership
  • www.WCLCenterforHR.org

Labor and Employment Law

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition

Miscellaneous

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Annual Law Student Writing Competition

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award

Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

National Law Review Writing Competition

34th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition - American Planning Association

  • Topic: - Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law) and will be evaluated based on: ( I ) originality; (2) contribution to the understanding or development of the fields of planning and Jaw; (3) quality of scholarship and (4) quality and organization of writing.
  • Award - 1st Place: $2,000 and submission in ABA's Section of State & Local Government Law; 2nd Place $400; Honorable Mention $100
  • http://www.acsp.org/news/341936/34th-Annual-Smith-Babcock-Williams-Student-Writing-Competition.htm

The University of Connecticut School of Law Student Writing Competition

Native American Law

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

Public Interest Law

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

William & Mary Law School - Center for Legal & Court Technology

Securities Law

James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Award - 1st Place: $1,000, 2nd Place: $750, 3rd Place: $500
  • wwpiabafoundation.org

Securities Law Writing Competition - 2017

  • Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA)
  • Award - 1st Place $5,000; 2nd Place $3,000; 3rd Place $2,000
  • www.secalumni.org

 

State and Local Government

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition

Tax Law

The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship Competition

Tort Law

International Asssociation of Defense Counsel

  • First Prize $2,000 & Plaque; Second Prize $1,000 & Plaque; Third Prize $500 & Plaque; Honorable Mention Plaque
  • www.iadclaw.org

Trusts and Estates

The Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

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