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:

  • Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition for essays relating to legal ethics ($2,500 prize; deadline June 1, 2021)
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for articles on relevant topics of interest to labor and employment lawyers in their practices (awards of $3,000, $1,000, and $500; deadline June 15, 2021)
  • Freedom from Religion Foundation’s Cornelius Venderbroek Memorial Essay Competition for Law School Students for essays on why “history” shouldn’t justify violations of the separation between state and church (prizes $4,000; $3,000; and $2,000; $500 honorable mention; deadline June 15, 2021)
  • American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize for essays regarding professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence ($5,000 prize; deadline July 1, 2021)
  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition for articles concerning any area of Animal Law (awards of $500 and $250 for first and second place; third receives Certificate of Recognition; deadline July 9, 2021)

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.