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

Admiralty and Maritime Law

ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee/Law Student Writing Competition

Alternative Dispute Resolution

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

University of Missouri School of Law/Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

Animal Law

Animal Law Review Student Writing Competition

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

The American Kennel Club, American Veterinary Medical Association

Antitrust Law

ABA Section of Antitrust/Annual Law Student Writing Competition

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

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest 

Civil Rights 

Constitutional Law

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Student Writing Competition

American Constitution Society Constitutional Video Competition

Consumer Law

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Criminal Law

ABA Criminal Justice Section/William W. Greenhalgh Writing Competition

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Essay Competition

University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition

Disability Law

ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law/Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition

Paralyzed Veterans of America Legal Writing Competition

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

Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Diversity Writing Competition

Elder Law

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Student Journal Writing Competition

Energy Law

ABA Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Entertainment Law

ELI Essay Competition

Environmental Law

ELI-ABA Endangered Environmental Laws Student Writing Competition

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

Ethics

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

ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Responsibility/Bert W. Levit Essay Contest

Santa Clara Centennial Celebration Student Writing Competition

Evidence

American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition

Family Law

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

National Association of Counsel for Children Law Student Essay Competition 

Food and Agriculture Law

Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (JELL) Writing Competition

Food and Drug Law

Food and Drug Law Institute's H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions for Law Students

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

ABA Section of International Law/Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Trandafir Writing Competition

Albert S. Pergam International Law 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

Legal History

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

Mental Health Law

University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition  

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

Miscellaneous 

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

Center For Alcohol Policy, National Essay Contest

Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

National Law Review (NLR) Writing Competition

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

Patent and Trademark Law

Boston Patent Law Association Writing Competition

The Federal Circuit Bar Association's George Hutchinson 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

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

National Association of Women Lawyers Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition