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:

  • The Paper Chase Regional Legal Writing Competition 2022, organized by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Baylor Law School, for entries written in response to a prompt representing an assignment a new lawyer might receive in a law-firm setting (awards of $5,000; $1,500; and $500 for first, second, and third places respectively; Declaration of Intent to Enter due October 24, 2022; prompt released October 31, 2022; submission deadline November 7, 2022)
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law Law Student Writing Contest of the Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law for exceptional written work focusing on the military’s application of criminal law—also known as military justice (winner eligible for up $750 in travel expenses to ABA Midyear Meeting; deadline November 11, 2022)
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (ACCFSL) Annual Writing Competition for entries discussing discuss some aspect of U.S. consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, bankruptcy, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on U.S. consumer financial services law (award of $1,500; deadline December 1, 2022)
  • Video Game Bar Association’s 2022 David S. Rosenbaum Scholarship Writing competition for papers on topics such as developments in game accessibility, reputation management and user creations, and game developer unionization and labor rights (award of $2,500 and admission and stipend to attend the 2023 VGBA Bay Area Summit; deadline December 1, 2022)
  • American Indian Law Review 2022-23 National Writing Competition for papers on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples (first-place award of $1,500 and publication; second and third place awards of $750 and $400 respectively; deadline February 28, 2023)
  • American Bar Association Section of Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest for essays on any aspect of family law, including dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony (maintenance), attorney’s fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues (awards of $1,500, $750, and $350 for first, second, and third places respectively; deadline April 7, 2023 for entry form and April 21, 2023, for essay)

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.