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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 2018-2019 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

Family Law

Health Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual PropertyLaw

International Law

Labor and Employment Law

LGBT Law

Miscellaneous

Native American Law

Planning and 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 - Submission Deadline: May

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law - Submission Deadline: February

Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition - Submission Deadline March 3, 2019

Animal Law

Companion Animal Law Writing Contest - Submission Deadline: Late March

2018 New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law - Deadline for Submission: July

  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1st Place - $1,000 and a Certificate of Achievement; 2nd Prize: $500 and a Certificate of Achievement

http://www.nysba.org/animalsandthelaw

Antitrust Law

Antitrust Law Writing Competition - Submission Deadline: Late January

Appellate Law

Elisenberg Prize- Submission Deadline in July

Bankruptcy Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in March

  • American Bankruptcy Institute -
  • Award - 1st Place: $2,000, 2nd Place: $1,250, 3rd Place: $750
  • http://papers.abi.org/

Business Law

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest - Submission Deadline in February

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition - Submission Deadline February 1, 2019

  • Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems: A Journal at the University of Iowa College of Law
  • Cash prize of $1,800, with publication of winning essay published in above mentioned journal.

Civil Procedure

2018 George Hutchinson - Submission Deadline in July

  • Federal Circuit Bar Association -
  • Judicial Scholarships - Howard T. Markey Memorial Scholarship: An award of $10,000
  • Helen W. Nies Memorial Scholarship: An award of $10,000
  • The Association Scholarships - Board Scholarship: An award of $10,000 will be given.
  • Association William S. Bullinger Scholarship: An award of $5,000
  • https://fedcirbar.org/Pro-Bono-Scholarships/Scholarships/Rules

Constitutional Law

Constance Baker Motely National Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in February

Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize - Submission Deadline July

Criminal Law

Annual William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline July

Environmental Law

White River Environmental Law Writing Contest - Submission Deadline Mid-December

Ohio Environmental Law Award: Call for Papers - Submission Deadline - January

  • Ohio State Bar Association - Deadline for submission in late January.
  • Award - $1,000, 2nd Place: $250
  • https://www.mdllp.net

Ethics and Professionalism

2018 Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition - Submission Deadline February

The Warren E. Burger Prize - Submission Deadline July

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in April

Family Law

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Submission Deadline in February

Health Law

Health Law Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in Early February

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical- Legal Interprofessional Collaboration - Submission Deadline in Early January

Center for Alcohol Policy - Submission Deadline in December

  • "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

Intellectual Property Law

VSB Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in May

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition - Submission Deadline for Submission is in March

Robert C. Watson Award - Submission Deadline is June

International Law

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition - Submissiom Deadline in May

The State Bar of California Law Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in May

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in November

  • 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 - Submission Deadline in January

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition - Submission Deadline June

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition - Submission Deadline June

LGBT LAW

Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition - Submission Deadline in April

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