Law Student Writing Competitions

Clear, forceful writing is an essential legal skill. The School of Law trains its students to develop and refine that skill. In addition to submitting written class assignments and Law Review Notes, students can also enter these national and international writing competitions and have their work published in professional journals.

Writing Competitions by Subject:

Administrative Law
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Animal Law
Antitrust Law
Bankruptcy Law
Business Law
Civil Defense
Civil Rights
Constitutional Law
Consumer Law
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Elder Law
Energy Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law
Ethics
Evidence
Family Law
Food and Agriculture Law
Food and Drug Law
Health Law
Insurance Law
Intellectual Property Law
International/Foreign Law
Labor and Employment Law
Legal History
Miscellaneous
Mental Health Law
Native American Law
Patent and Trademark Law
Real Property Law
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Law
Tax Law
Technology Law
Tort Law
Trusts & Estates
Women and the Law

Administrative Law

Center for Alcohol Policy's Essay Contest

ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice/Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

Admiralty and Maritime Law

ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee/Law Student Writing Competition

Alternative Dispute Resolution

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

Animal Law

New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Animals and the Law Writing Competition

Animal Law AVMA

Antitrust Law

ABA Section of Antitrust/Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Bar Associations

ABA Science & Technology Law

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice

Robert T. Matsui -Asian Pacific American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association – Writing Competitions

Michael Greenberg, National LGBT Bar Association

The Federal Circuit Bar Association

State of Michigan Bar

Mediation Regional Competitions –ABA

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law/Writing Competition

Domestic Violence & Law Writing competitions

ABA Writing Competitions

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

Bankruptcy Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Law Student Writing Competition

Business Law

ABA Business Law Section/Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition

Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Student Writing Competition

Civil Defense

Civil Rights 

Constitutional Law

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Student Writing Competition

Consumer Law

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Criminal Law

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Essay Competition

Disability Law

Thomas Jefferson School of Law – Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition

Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Diversity Writing Competition

 eDiscovery

DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition

Elder Law

Energy Law

ABA Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Entertainment Law

Grammy  Foundation – Entertainment  law Initiative Writing Competition

Environmental Law

ELI-ABA Endangered Environmental Laws Student Writing Competition

Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Environmental Law Institute

Ethics

American Inns of Court Foundation's Warren E. Burger Prize (ethics and professionalism)

Santa Clara Centennial Celebration Student Writing Competition

ABA Ed Mendrzycki, Ethics Essay Contest-professional liability

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Evidence

Family Law

ABA Section of Family Law/Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

National Association of Counsel for Children Law Student Essay Competition

Annual Family Law Scholarship Essay Contest and Scholarship Program for Law Students

Food and Agriculture Law

Food and Drug Law

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition

Health Law

Embryo Law Essay Competition

Epstein Becker & Green Health Law Writing Competition

ABA Health Law Section-Annual Writing Competition

Sarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights 

Insurance Law

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section/Writing Competition

National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Law Writing Award

Intellectual Property Law

AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award Competition

Ladas Memorial Award

William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

New York State Intellectual Property Law Section

International/Foreign Law

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition

Trandafir writing competition

Rona R. Mears Writing Competition -Magna Carta and International Law

Houston Journal of International Law - James Baker Hughes Submission

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

Labor and Employment Law

Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Law Student Writing Competition

ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law/Labor Lawyer Student Writing Contest

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Writing Competition

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

Labor Lawyer Student Writing Competition

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Legal History

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

Mental Health Law  

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Inter-professional Collaboration

Miscellaneous 

Center For Alcohol Policy, National Essay Contest

National Law Review (NLR) Writing Competition

K. William Kolbe Writing Competition

Judge John R. Brown Writing Competition

Pharmacy Law

The American Constitution Society (ACS) Constance Baker Motley award

The American Society of Legal Writers

The National Law Review

Federación Interamericana de Abogados

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition

Robert C Watson Fellows Award

Holocaust Essay Award

PIABA Foundation James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration

Securities Law Writing Competition

W. Gregor Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Research and Writing Program

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. - Law Offices

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Native American Law

American Indian Law Writing Competition

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

National Native American Law Students Association

Justice Rudolph Hargrave Writing Competition

American Indian Law Review 

Patent and Trademark Law

Boston Patent Law Association Writing Competition

The Federal Circuit Bar Association's George Hutchinson Writing Competition

Ladas Competition-Patients and trademarks

Hon. William C Connor IP Law Writing Competition

Real Property Law 

ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law/Student Writing Contest

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law

The Dukeminier Awards Writing Competition

Tax Law

American Tax Policy Institute - The Tannenwald Writing Competition

Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

Technology Law

IT-Lex Technology Law Writing Competition

ABA Section of Science and Technology Law Writing Competition

Tort Law

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section/Writing Competition

Trusts and Estates

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

Women and the Law

American University - Washington College of Law Essay Competition

2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

Sarah Weddington writing prize for reproductive rights law

Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest Named in Honor of Alice Paul

The National Association of Women Lawyers

   
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