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 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)
  • 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)
  • The Ultimate Writer Regional Legal Writing Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association and Baylor Law School, is a first-of-its-kind Texas regional writing competition. Entry instructions will be coming soon. For further information, contact Kamela Bridges, Director for the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. (Cash prizes include $3,000 first place and a chance to compete in a pool for a $5,000 prize; entries will be due by October 27, 2017.)

The American Bar Association collects writing competitions here.

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