Writing Competitions

Law students are eligible to enter writing competitions sponsored by organizations around the country. Many of these competitions award scholarships or cash prizes to the winning students.

Printed notices are posted on the bulletin board outside of TNH 4.110.

Here are some you may be interested in:

  • State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section’s 2020 Texas Law Student Writing Competition for essays identifying and analyzing a significant legal challenge for women in Texas and/or in the United states, based on recent news reports (awards of $1,000 and $500 for law-school educational expenses to first and second places respectively; deadline is February 28, 2020)
  • American Bar Association Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest for essays responding to a hypothetical prompt in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance, and loss prevention (award is $5,000; deadline is March 6, 2020)
  • Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition for original, unpublished work concerning any issue within the general category of legal ethics (award is $2,500; deadline is April 24, 2020)
  • The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Brown Award for current papers on any legal subject written by students seeking a J.D. or LL.B. degree. Articles must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional (awards of $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000; deadline is May 29, 2020)
  • The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition for papers relevant to labor and employment lawyers in their practice (prizes of $3,000, $1000, and $500; deadline June 15, 2020)
  • American Inns of Court 2020 Warren E. Burger Prize for essays on topics that address issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism (cash prize of $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Bar Review; deadline July 1, 2020)

The American Bar Association collects writing competitions here.

The University of Richmond School of Law collects writing competitions here.

Suffolk University collects writing competitions here.