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:

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

  • UCLA Williams Institute Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition for unpublished articles on cutting-edge legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgendered communities (first-place award is $1,000; deadline is December 15, 2018).
  • Recording Academy’s 21st Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition challenges JD and LLM students to identify and research a compelling issue confronting the music industry, and to write an essay with a proposed solution (winner receives $10,000 scholarship plus tickets and travel expenses to attend the ELI awards presentation, the MusiCares Person of the Year gala, and the GRAMMY Awards; runner-up receives $2,500 scholarship; deadline is January 2, 2019).
  • Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law’s Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment or Labor Law for papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination (one award of $3,000 and two of $1,000 will be presented, in addition to publication of the top three entries on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website; deadline is January 23, 2019).
  • University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review 2018–2019 Writing Competition for papers on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples (first, second, and third-place winners receive $1,000; $500; and $250 respectively; deadline is January 31, 2019).
  • American Constitution Society’s Twelfth Annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law for articles or essays on empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency. Coauthored submissions are eligible; if selected, coauthors will share the prize. (Award is $1,500 and recognition at the 2019 ACS National Convention; deadline is February 3, 2019.)
  • Public Citizen’s 2019 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition for essays on legal strategies to address gun violence (single award for $5,000; deadline is April 30, 2019).
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition for articles addressing aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. The 2018–19 rules are available here. (First place award is $3,000; second place $1,000; and third $500; deadline is June 15, 2019.)
  • The Tannenwald Foundation and the American College of Tax Counsel’s 2019 Tannenwald Writing Competition for papers on any federal or state tax-related topic (prizes of $5,000; $2,500; and $1,500 to the top three papers; deadline is July 8, 2019).

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.