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.

Here are some you may be interested in:

  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Annual Writing Competition for entries that discuss some aspect of US consumer financial law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, bankruptcy, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on U.S. consumer financial services (award is $1,500; deadline December 1, 2021).
  • Recording Academy Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest for entries that identify a pressing legal issue facing the music industry and propose a solution (first place award is $10,000 tuition scholarship; two runners-up receive $2,500 tuition scholarships; deadline January 4, 2022)
  • Center for Alcohol Policy’s National Writing Competition on State-Based Alcohol Regulation for entries on the topic of the current trend toward ubiquitous availability of alcohol, and whether a new regulatory regime is need to address it (awards of $5,000; $2,500; and $1,000; deadline January 28, 2022)
  • American Kennel Club’s Companion Animal Law Writing Contest for entries on either the impact of “lawyers for dogs” laws on animal cruelty cases or the constitutionality of mandatory spay/neuter laws (awards of $2,500 and $500; deadline April 1, 2022)

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.