Legal Writing Competitions

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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.

Competitions by Area of Law

Administrative Law

Animal Law

Antitrust Law 

Appellate Law

Bankruptcy Law

Business Law

Civil Procedure

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Entertainment Law

Environmental Law

Ethics and Professionalism

Evidence

Family Law

Health Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property Law

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

Antitrust Law

Antitrust Law Writing Competition

Appellate Law 

Elisenberg Prize

Bankruptcy Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

Business Law

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

Environmental Law Essay Contest

Ohio Environmental Law Award: Call for Papers

Ethics and Professionalism

The Warren E. Burger Prize 

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

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 

Sarah Weddinton Writing Prize 

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

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   

The State Bar of California Law Student Writing Competitionc

Labor and Employment Law

Louis Jackson Memorial National 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  

The University of Connecticut School of Law Student Writing Competition 

Native American Law

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition 

Public Interest Law

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest 

​Securities Law 

James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition

State and Local Government 

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition 

Tax Law

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

Tort Law

Trusts and Estates 

The Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition   

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