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 2018 Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Student Legal Writing Competition, sponsored by the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, for original, unpublished work on any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law (award is $1,000, with the possible travel reimbursement to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC, May 2018; deadline March 3, 2018).
  • The 2018 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest, sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, for an essay on a hypothetical involving ethical concerns (cash prize of $5,000 plus all-expense-paid trip of Washington, D.C., for prize presentation; deadline March 9, 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).
  • University of Notre Dame’s Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, for essays on any issue within the general category of legal ethics (cash prize $2,500; deadline April 27, 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.).
  • 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).
  • 2018 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition on topics that address the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal excellence (cash prize of $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review; deadline July 1, 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).
  • 2018 Tannenwald Writing Competition, sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald,, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax counsel, for papers on any federal or state tax-related topic (cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $2,500 for top three papers; deadline July 6, 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.