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:

  • American Planning Association’s 37th Annual APA-PLD Student Writing Competition 2020 for writings on questions of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law, or environmental law (awards of $2,000, $400, and $100; deadline October 31, 2020)
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Annual Writing Competition for entries discussing some aspect of consumer financial services law (award for student work is $1,500; deadline December 1, 2020)
  • Center for Alcohol Policy annual essay contest on state-based alcohol regulation for papers addressing the question of whether the nation’s alcohol history can help shape and inform government health policies related to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic (awards of $5,000, $2,500, and $2,000; deadline January 8, 2021)
  • Human Rights Essay Award, sponsored by American University Washington College of Law, for articles on any subject related to international human rights. Two awards will be granted—one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish (award is full scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; deadline February 1, 2021)
  • Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School’s writing competition for papers on topics related to church, state and society (awards of $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000, with $1,000 for honorable mention; deadline February 15, 2021)
  • Companion Animal Law Writing Contest, sponsored by the American Kennel Club for entries concerning either forfeiture of any animal or the legal treatment of animals as property (awards of $2,500 and $500; deadline March 31, 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)

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.