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.

  • The National Law Review 2017 Student Writing Competition, for articles on topics such as cyber security, immigration rights, election coverage, or other current issues relating to the law. Winning entries will be published on the NLR website and remain accessible for up to two years. This is an ongoing competition; check the website for further information.
  • The Center for Alcohol Policy Tenth Annual Essay Contest for essays on prompt about temperance in today’s alcohol marketplace (three cash prizes including $5,000 first-place prize; deadline December 1, 2017)
  • The State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section Writing Competition for articles in the areas of real estate, probate and trust law (first place $3,000 cash and a one-year free membership in the Section; deadline January 12, 2018)
  • The 2017-2018 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law, sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, for papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination (top entry will receive $3,000, second/third will receive $1,000; deadline January 17, 2018)
  • The American Indian Law Review Writing Competition for papers on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples (first place is $1,000 and publication in The American Indian Law Review; deadline January 31, 2018. Winners will be announced on or before May 1, 2018.)
  • The American Kennel Club, Inc., Companion Animal Law Writing Contest for papers on one of two pre-defined topics described at the link (first place $2,500, second place $500; deadline March 30, 2018)
  • Tax Analysts 2018 Student Writing Competition for papers focusing on unsettled questions of federal, international, or state tax law or policy (winning entries published in one of Tax Analysts’ weekly magazines and eligible to receive a 12-month subscription to Tax Analysts’ daily and weekly products; deadline May 31, 2018)
  • 2017-2018 Annual Law Student Writing Competition, sponsored by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, for articles on aspects of public or private labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar (first place $3,000; deadline June 15, 2018)
  • William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, for papers on the Fourth Amendment and the constitutional implications of the emergence of technologies not contemplated at the time the it was drafted (prize: $2,500, expense-paid trip to ABA Annual Meeting, and possible publication in Criminal Justice magazine; deadline July 1, 2018)

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.