Writing Contest Database

This database contains information about legal writing contests open to students. It is maintained by the editors of the New York Law School Law Review as a free resource to NYLS students and others. You may search the database using the below field or click the arrows to sort by column.

The database is updated on a monthly basis.   If a contest deadline has passed, but a new deadline hasn’t yet been announced, the passed deadline is retained in the database for your reference.  A contest’s deadline usually occurs at about the same time each year.  Be sure to visit a contest’s homepage to confirm the most recent and complete information, guidelines, and deadlines. To report errors or submit information about new contests, please email the Managing Editor, Kasey Kimball, at kasey.kimball@law.nyls.edu.

Constitutional LawPublic CitizenThe Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest04/30/2016$5,000 Essays may focus on these or other related questions:

How do evolving standards of “commonality” affect environmental class actions?

How might major environmental problems that we are facing be amenable to class treatment?

How would these actions be brought? What damage recoveries and other results may be sought?
Administrative LawABA Admin. Law and Regulatory Practice SectionGelhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition05/01/2016$5,000 and paid trip to fall conference.Discuss any topic related to administrative law.Website
Administrative LawAmerican Constitution SocietyThe Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law02/06/2015$1,500 Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or of 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.Website
Animal LawNew York State Bar AssociationCommittee on Animals Law Student Writing Competition07/01/2016$1,000 and Certificate of AchievementAny topic on animal law.2016 PDF
Business LawABA Business Law SectionMendes Hershman Award Student Writing Contest01/09/2015$2,500ABA-accredited law schools may nominate high quality papers on a business law topic written in the 2012-2013 or current academic year by a student currently enrolled in the law school's J.D. program.Website
Federal LawFederal Circuit Bar AssociationGeorge Hutchinson Writing Competition07/1/2016$3,000Papers must deal with a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.Website
Intellectual PropertyUniv. of New Hampshire, IDEA intellectual property law reviewIDEA Student IP Writing Competition05/16/2014$500 and publication in IDEA.Intellectual property law.Website
Intellectual PropertyN.Y. State Bar Assoc., Intellectual Property law sectionAnnual Law Student Writing Competition12/15/2014$2,000Subjects related to the protection of intellectual property.Website
General LawAmerican Inns of CourtWarren E. Burger Prize07/01/2016$5,000Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.Website
General LawThe National Law ReviewNLR Law Student Writing CompetitionMonthlyPublication in The National Law Review online.See website for a current list of topics.Website
Securities LawAssociation of Securities and Exchange Commission AlumniStudent Writing Competition11/15/2015$5,000 for first place
$3,000 for second place
$2,000 for third place
Any subject in the field of securities law.Website
Financial Services LawThe American College of Consumer Financial Services LawyersWriting Competition12/01/2015Cash awards ofr $2500, $2000 and $1000 for student articles.Eligible entries will discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law.Website
LGBTThe Williams InstituteDukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition01/17/2014$1,000Entry topics should focus on a cutting-edge legal issue affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities.Website
Tax LawFederal Bar AssociationDonald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition01/05/2015$2,000A topic concerning federal taxation.Website
International LawABA International Law SectionRona R. Mears Student Writing Competition08/15/2014$5,000Russia, the Crimea and International LawWebsite
American Indian LawUniv. of Oklahoma College of Law, American Indian Law ReviewStudent Writing Competition01/29/2016$1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review for first place
$500 for second place
$250 for third place
Any issue concerning American Indian Law or indigenous peoples. Topics recently covered in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.Website
Environmental LawEnvironmental Law InstituteConstitutional Environmental Law
Student Writing Competition
04/04/2016$2,000 and publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.Any topic addressing recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component.Website
Construction LawABA Forum on the Construction IndustryLaw Student Writing Competition01/15/2015$2,000 and a trip to the Forum's annual meeting.Any topic related to construction law.Website
Entertainment LawThe GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law InitiativeAnnual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition01/06/2015$5,000Entrants must identify, research and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.Website
Employee Benefits LawAmerican College of Employee Benefits CounselWriting Competition06/02/2016$1,500Topics in the field of employee benefits.Website

Asian Pacific AmericansAsian Pacific American Bar Association Educational FundRobert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition06/01/2016$1,500 and publication in the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.Any topic reasonably related to Asian Pacific Americans and the law.Website
Civil DefenseInternational Association of Defense CounselIADC Legal Writing Contest05/20/2016$2,000Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.Website
Civil LibertiesChicago-Kent College of LawRoy C. Palmer
Civil Liberties Prize
07/01/2016$10,000The tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.Website

2016 Information
Disability LawMercer University School of Law and the American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability LawAdam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition06/10/2014$300 to $1,000Any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses. Website
California Legal HistoryThe California Supreme Court Historical SocietyStudent Writing Contest06/30/2014$2,500 and publication in the Society's journal.Any aspect of California legal history in any time period from 1846 to the present.
Constitutional LawAmerican Constitution Society for Law and PolicyConstance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition02/13/2015$3,000 first prize
Two $1,000 runner-up prizes
Papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.Website

Employment and Labor LawJackson Lewis LLP
the Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition01/19/2016$3,000 and two $1,000 awards for the top three entriesJudges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.Website

Medical LawAmerican College of Legal MedicineStudent Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics01/05/2015$1,000Any aspect of legal medicine, including medical licensure and regulation of the procession, business aspects of medical practice, liability of physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, public health law, the physician-patient relationship, care of special patients, food and drug law, medical research, forensic science, and the history of legal medicine. Website

International and Transnational LawUniv. of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law ProgramTrandafir Writing Competition03/06/2015$2,000 and publication in the Transnational Law &
Contemporary Problems Journal.
Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.Website
Criminal JusticeABA Criminal Justice SectionWilliam W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition04/07/2015$2,000 and travel to a section meeting.Any timely and important issue of American criminal constitutional procedure of interest to practitioners of criminal law.2015 PDF
Domestic ViolenceABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual ViolenceLaw Student Writing Competition06/01/2015Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and honorarium, and publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic violence or domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.Website
Family LawABA Section of Family LawHoward C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest04/29/2016$1500, Includes certificate of recognition and one-year section membership.The subject may be any aspect of family law. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Entrants must apply for an entry number by April 27, 2012.Website
Dispute ResolutionABA Section of Dispute ResolutionJames B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest06/17/2016$1,000The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses.Website
Securities Arbitration and Securities LawPublic Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationJames E. Beckley Student Writing Competition09/18/2015$1,000The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.Website
Reproductive RightsLaw Students for Reproductive JusticeSarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights01/18/2016$750 and publication in the NYU Review of Law and Social Change."Legislating Stereotypes: Reproductive Rights Rollback in the States."2016 PDF
Alcohol LawCenter for Alcohol PolicyEssay Contest11/17/2014$5,000As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?Website
Trusts and EstatesAmerican College of Trust and Estate CounselMary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition06/15/2015$5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined.Website
Intellectual PropertyN.Y. Intellectual Property Law Assoc.Hon. William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition03/04/2014$1,500Any of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.Website

Antitrust LawN.Y. State Bar Assoc. Section of Antitrust LawLaw Student Writing Competition04/30/2016$5,000Papers must be written by a currently-enrolled J.D. or LL.M. student at a NYS Law School or by a NYS resident at any ABA-accredited law school outside of New York State. Papers may address any antitrust topic and should generally be 20-30 pages in length with footnotes (no more than 50 pages) written in Bluebook form. Papers may have been submitted to other writing competitions, but jointly prepared papers are NOT ELIGIBLE. Website
Education LawEducation Law AssociationGeorge Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award07/01/2016Publication in the Journal of Law and Education.One or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education.Website
General LawBrown SimsJudge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing08/19/2016$10,000There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. Website
LGBTNational LGBT Bar AssociationMichael Greenberg Student Writing CompetitionTBA$3,000Papers accepted on a cutting edge legal issue affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Intersex community.Website


Children and Family LawNational Assoc. of Counsel for ChildrenLaw Student Essay Competition07/01/2014$1,000Advancing the legal interests of children
and families.
Energy LawABA Section of Environment, Energy, and ResourcesEnergy Law Student Writing Competition05/20/2016$1000, $750 and $500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rdEntries for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Energy Law should conform to the energy law theme of the competition. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases.Website
Tax LawTheodore Tannenwald, Jr. FoundationTannenwald Writing Competition07/01/2016$5,000, $2500 and $1500 for the top 3 papersAny federal or state tax-related topic.Website
Intellectual PropertyVirginia State Bar Assoc. Intellectual Property Law SectionIntellectual Property Law Student Writing CompetitionTBA$4,000Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law (open to VA residents, including VA residents attending law school out-of-state).Website
Humanitarian Law and International LawAmerican Univ. Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian LawInternational Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition10/07/2015The winning author will receive a $500 cash prize and a one-year ASIL student membership. The winning author will also have the opportunity to present his or paper through a virtual conference with a panel of experts. The theme of the 2015 Competition is “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc. Website
Legal HistoryAmerican Assoc. of Law Libraries, Legal History and Rare Books Section Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition03/16/2015$500 and expenses for the AALL annual meeting.Any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. Website

Labor and Employment LawThe College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment LawLaw Student Writing Competition06/15/2016First Place - $3000
Second Place - $1000
Third Place - $500
Any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.Website
Urban PlanningAmerican Planning Association Planning & Law DivisionSmith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition06/05/2015$2,000Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law.2015 PDF
BankruptcyAmerican Bankruptcy InstituteLaw Student Writing Competition03/02/2015$2,000 and publication.We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.Website
Art and Preservation LawLawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage PreservationStudent Writing Competition06/27/2016$1,000Any aspect of cultural heritage law, including art, cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible heritage (but not intellectual property, except as it relates to indigenous peoples or intangible heritage).Website
Environmental LawEnvironmental Law
Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Environmental Law Essay Contest06/30/2015$2,000 and publication in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal. Any environmental law topic of current interest to Michigan practitioners.Website

Federal LawCourt of Federal Claims Bar AssociationLaw Student Writing CompetitionTBA$2,000A topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.Website
Food and Drug LawThe Food and Drug Law InstituteH. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions06/10/2016$5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 for first, second and third placePaper topics are limited to FDA and regulated agencies’ law and regulation. Topical focus should be on FDA regulated industries: food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and tobacco.Website
Human RightsAmerican Univ. Washington College of Law Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian LawHuman Rights Essay Award02/01/2015A full scholarship to attend the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.The Rights of Indigenous People and International Human Rights Law.Website
Intellectual PropertyAmerican Intellectual Property Law AssociationRobert C. Watson Award06/30/2016$2,000A subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.Website
Intellectual Property and Trademark LawInternational Trademark AssociationLadas Memorial Award02/06/2015$2,500 and publication in the Trademark Reporter.Trademark law or a matter that directly relates
to or affects trademarks.

International LawUniv. of Houston Law Center Houston Journal of International LawJames Baker Hughes Prize04/01/2015$500 and publication in the journal.A topic of international economic law.Website


National SecurityABA Standing Committee on Law and National SecurityNational Security Law Student Writing CompetitionTBA$500 and registration for the National Security Law Conference.This year’s writing competition encourages a scholarly debate regarding current issues affecting US national security, the Constitution and the First Amendment .... Consider some of the cases in which the necessity to draw these lines has arisen. How should those lines be drawn and in what circumstances?Website
The HolocaustUniv. of AlbertaHolocaust Remembrance Essay Award 07/01/2015$500 (CAD)Essays can be on any topic, and concern any matter, provided only that they somehow address the relationship between law and the Holocaust.Website
Business and Securities LawMichigan State Univ. College of Law, Journal of Business & Securities Law
Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing CompetitionTBA$500 and publication in the Journal.Any current topic concerning business or securities law.Website
Human RightsUniv. of Virginia School of Law Human Rights Program and the Virginia Journal of International LawVirginia Law Human Rights Student Scholars Writing CompetitionTBA$500 and consideration for publication in the journal.All student papers relating to human rights law broadly.Website
Pharmacy LawAmerican Society for Pharmacy LawLarry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award06/30/2015An honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Annual Meeting,A paper relating to the the interests of ASPL published within the past 2 years.Website
International LawAmerican Society of International LawFrancis Lieber Prize01/20/2014$500 and membership to ASIL.Any work published during 2011 Entries may address such topics as the use of force in international law, armed conflicts, protected persons and objects, the law of weapons, and other topics bearing on the application of international law during armed conflict or other military operations.PDF
Antitrust LawABA Section of Antitrust LawLaw Student Writing Competition01/30/2015$2,500Write an article about antitrust.
Law students currently enrolled or graduating can write eligible articles of general interest to the antitrust law community, including: Civil and Criminal Antitrust Law, Competition Policy, Consumer Protection, and International Competition Law.
Environmental LawNY State Bar Assoc. Environmental Law Section Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest06/01/2016$1,000 and publication.Any topic in environmental law.Website

Law Libraries American Assoc. of Law Libraries and LexisNexisLibrarianship Award, Student Division05/16/2016$650Any subject relevant to law librarianship.Website
Utility, Communications, and Transportation LawABA Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation LawK. William Kolbe Writing Competition06/01/2015$2,500, membership, and travel to fall meeting.A current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Section.Website
BankruptcyInternational Insolvency InstitutePrize in International Insolvency Studies03/31/2014$3,000 and an invitation to present at the Institute's annual conference in Paris.Legal research, commentary, or analysis on topics of international insolvency and restructuring significance and on comparative international analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments.Website
Business LawN.Y. State Bar Association Business Law SectionStudent Writing Competition02/15/2015$1,500A topic relevant to the section's audience.Website
eDiscoveryDish NetworkBest in Class eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition04/11/2016$3,500The exponential growth of electronically stored information has in large part resulted in increased costs and burdens on parties involved in litigation, delays in litigation due to gamesmanship in discovery divorced from the merits of an action, and severe sanctions for unintentional discovery failures. The Rules, as amended in December 2015, are intended to reshape these aspects of civil discovery and other issues impacting "the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action." (Fed. R. Civ. P. 1) Identify and fully explain which new Rule you believe will have the greatest impact on the civil discovery process and to what extent, if any, the Rule identified impacts a corporate party's information management practices or policies. Website
General LawScribes American Society of Legal WritersLaw-Review Award Competition01/16/2015A plaque and recognition at the National Conference of Law Reviews dinner.The submission must be a student-authored note or comment that has been, or will be, published between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012.Website

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Sports LawMarquette Univ. Law SchoolNational Sports Law Student Writing Competition05/02/2015An invitation to attend the National Sports Law Institute's annual conference at no cost and an offer to publish in the Marquette Sports Law Review.Any sports law related topic.Website
Technology LawBerkeley Technology Law JournalSpring 2014 Writing Competition03/1/2014$2,000 and publication in the Journal.A wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime.Website
Gender LawBerkeley Journal of Gender, Law & JusticeThe Catherine Albiston Prize for Recent Developments on Gender, Law & Justice TBAPublication in the Journal.Submissions may include research, analysis, narrative, theory, and commentary that critically examine the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.Website
Workers Compensation Law2013 College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers2013 College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition01/15/2015$1,500 and considered for publication in Workers' First Watch.The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers’ compensation law. Students are encouraged to present: a public policy issue; a critique of a leading case or doctrine; or a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.

Technology LawIT-Lex Journal Student Writing CompetitionTBAFirst place will receive $6,000.00, second place $2,000.00 and third place $1000.00. Plus, the winners will receive invitations to become Members of IT-Lex and to join the IT-Lex Law Review.Write about any issue within the areas of electronic discovery, privacy, social media, security, or wherever your technology interests lie.Website

Tort Trial and Insurance LawABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionAnnual Law Student Writing Competition04/01/2014$1500In celebration of TIPS' 80th Anniversary, they have selected a special topic for the competition -- "The New Deal."Website

Food and Drug LawUniversity of Texas at AustinInternational Conference on Food Studies01/06/2015Present your paper at the Conference in 2015Theme 1: Food Production and Sustainability
Theme 2: Food, Nutrition and Health
Theme 3: Food Politics, Policies and Cultures
Energy LawIntitute of Energy LawHartrick Scholar Writing Competition12/19/2014$2500The general subject for this year’s competition is any topic related to energy development. This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.PDF
Criminal Law and/or Criminal ProcedureCriminal Law Section of the State Bar of CaliforniaFourth Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure02/28/2014$1500 cash prize, one year student membership to Criminal Law Section and paper will be published in Criminal Law JournalThe paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. Papers should be original and follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.

Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to each of the Criminal Law Journal co-editors:
Anne Perry (Anne.Perry2@usdoj.gov), Decio Rangel, Jr. (DecioRangelLaw.com), and Lani Biafore (lbiafore@aol.com).
DiversityCharles Darwin UniversityInternational Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations01/01/2015Presentation at conference and possible publicationProposals are invited that address issues of diversity through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Identity and Belonging
Theme 2: Education and Learning in a World of Differences
Theme 3: Organizational Diversity
Theme 4: Community Diversity and Governance
Legal EthicsABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest for Law Students and Young Lawyers03/04/2016$5000This year's contest hypothetical involves questions about a law firm's potential malpractice exposure when it relied upon a third-party vendor to provide document review services for a client, which ultimately resulted in the release of privileged documentsWebsite

Women's RightsNational Association of Women Lawyers2012-13 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition05/1/2014$500 and publication in NAWL's Women Lawyers JournalEntrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in
the law.
Elder LawNYSBA Elder Law Section2014 Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Diversity Writing Competition03/15/2016$500 and publicationAny law or legal issue affecting seniors and/or persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on historically underserved populations. Examples include, but are not limited to, access to education, healthcare and housing.Website
International LawUnion Internationale des AvocatsJacques Leroy International Prize Student Competition07/31/20151000 euros (approximately $1057)Students who wish to participate in this prize must send a dissertation (plea, study, commentary of a practice case) that deals with the following theme: "Fair Trade: how can we establish rules that are specific and realistic?"Website
Legal EthicsUniversity of Notre Dame Law SchoolSmith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition04/29/2016$2500Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethicsPDF
Admiralty and Maritime LawAmerican Bar AssociationTIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Student Writing Competition04/11/2014$500Essays should address a recent development in admiralty and maritime law.
Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, rather than state-specific

Reproductive FreedomAmericans United for LifeLegal Writing Competition12/12/2014$1000 and publication in Human Life ReviewEssays should write a mock Supreme Court brief overturning Roe v. WadeWebsite
Medical-Legal Interprofessional CollaborationFlorida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and LawMollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition01/4/2016$250Original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professionswebsite


Labor and Employment LawNew York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionDr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition12/04/2015$3000 first prize
$2000 second prize
$1000 third prize
and publication
Any current issue involving labor or employment law. The scope of permissible topics for the article is broad, i.e., any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.Website

Alternative Dispute ResolutionCPR InstituteJoseph T. McLaughlin Original Student Aricle or Paper11/03/2014Award criteria focuses on processes, techniques, systems, commitment, and scholarship which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions between corporations, between government and corporations, or among multiple parties.Website
Entertainment, arts, or sports lawEntertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and BMIAnnual Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship Writing Competition12/12/2015$2500 scholarshipEach scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of
current interest in the area of entertainment, arts, or sports law.

Global MarketsJohn Marshall Law SchoolGlobal Markets Law Journal Writing Competition02/15/2014$3,000 first prize
$1,500 first runner-up
$500 second runner-up
Students must submit an original essay on a topic of his/her choice which addresses some aspect of the law of capital markets including securities, commodities, futures, options, derivatives, and related issues.Website

Real PropertyTexas A&M Journal of Real Property Law2014 National Writing Contest06/15/2014$750 first prize
$500 second prize
$250 third prize

3 articles will be published
There are cash prizes for the top three papers in addition to the opportunity to be published. The Journal is seeking unpublished papers from current students including students that will graduate this semester (Spring 2014). The papers must touch on a real property topic, but this is to be interpreted broadly. Papers written for rigorous writing credit are encouraged.Website
Social InsuranceNational Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)First Annual Law Student Writing Award09/15/2014$2500Relevant topics might include analysis of legal and policy issues relating any social insurance program. These issues include but are not limited to long-term care, Social Security, Social Security Disability, health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, related public assistance and private employee benefits. Nominations of comparative and interdisciplinary work relating to social insurance protections and policies are encouraged.Website
Constitutional LawPacific Legal FoundationLaw Student Writing Competition01/15/2016First Place - $3000
Second Place - $2000
Third Place - $1000
(1) Land use restrictions/takings
(2) Title VII and "Disparate Impact"
(3) Environmental regulations
EvidenceThe Expert InstituteLegal Blog Post Writing Contest12/31/2016First Place - $1000, blog publication, newsletter circulation, and email announcements
Second Place - $200 and blog publication
Third Place - Blog publication
Submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation Website
International LawNYSBA International SectionAlbert S. Pergam and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP International Writing Competition Award11/21/2014$2000 and publicationSubmit an article concerning any area of public or private international law or practicePDF
Disability and the LawThomas Jefferson School of LawJameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition01/15/2016First Place - $1500
Second Place (2 recipients) - $1000
Any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.Website
Animal LawAmerican Veterinary Medical AssociationAnimal Law Writing Contest02/15/2015First Place - $2500Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of one of the two following topics:

(1) Beginning March 2015, retailers in the City of Chicago may offer for sale only those dogs, cats or rabbits that the retailer has obtained from animal control centers, animal care facilities, government-operated shelters, humane societies or rescue organizations. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 4-384-015, Municipal Code of Chicago).


(2) Los Angeles County has adopted an ordinance requiring all cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered after a certain age, with a few specific exemptions allowed. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 10.08.155, Los Angeles County Code).
Litigation DefenseDefense Association of New York (DANY)DANY Writing Competition03/18/2016$500Interested students are requested to draft an original scholarly work of interest to those professionals whose focus is primarily for the defense of litigated civil cases, and whose practice consists of representing insurance companies, self-insured entities and corporate defendants, for publication in The Defendant. The Defendant is an on-line publication published by DANY and distributed to the bench, bar and insurance professionals. The article is not to exceed 2,500 words.Website

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Constitutional LawCommon Cause2016 First Amendment Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition03/27/2016Prize money:
1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $3,000
3rd place: $2,000

Publication in a leading academic journal

Payment of travel expenses to present papers at a national redistricting reform symposium
This year, we are asking authors to focus specifically on the First Amendment issue in Shapiro and Whitford to demonstrate why the drawing of Maryland’s congressional districts or Wisconsin’s Assembly districts is a partisan gerrymander that should be condemned under the First Amendment. Website
Civil Litigation International Association of Defense Counsel2016 Legal Writing Contest05/20/2016First Place - $2,000
Second Place - $1,000
Third place - $500
Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation.Website
Criminal JusticeHighbee & Associates and the Foundation for Continuing JusticeExpungement Writing Competition06/30/2016First Place - $2,000
Second Place - $1,000
Third Place - $300
Honorable Mention (2) - $250
Best Policy Recommendation - $250
Best Research - $250
Papers should increase awareness of long-term impact a criminal record has and the importance of thoughtful laws governing topics as criminal record expungement and sealing as well as the publicizing and utilization of criminal records.Website