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:

  • Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition for original, unpublished work concerning any issue within the general category of legal ethics (award is $2,500; deadline is April 24, 2020)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)
  • University of Texas School of Law Louis T. Pirkey Prize in Intellectual Property Law for papers on intellectual property law written by Texas Law students (award of $750; deadline May 31, 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.