Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions

All ABA Scholarship and Competitions

The Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition
Topic: The Berkeley Technology Law Journal is offering a $1,000 prize and publishing in the Fall 2017 issue (if the Journal’s publication standards are met) for the best submission. A wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime are accepted.
Deadline: March 6, 2017

The Expert Institute’s 2017 Legal Writing Scholarship
Topic: The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.
Deadline: December 31, 2017

NDLS Smith-Doheny Legal Writing Competition
Topic: NDLS sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics
Deadline: April 28, 2017

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Topic: The subject may be any aspect of family law.
Deadline: April 14, 2017

Law School Admission Council’s 2017 Diversity Writing Competition
Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Federal Bar Association Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome.
2017 Writing Competition Flyer
2017 Writing Competition Announcement
Deadline: January 9, 2017

Paul Faherty Writing Competition
Topic: any aspect of Tax Law
Deadline: April each year

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Annual Writing Competition
Topic: Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, 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 consumer financial services.
Deadline: December 1, 2016

The Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest
Topic: 2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Granholm decision, which ruled against two states’ laws that discriminated against out-of-state alcohol producers but also affirmed that “The three-tier system is unquestionably legitimate.” How has this “unquestionably legitimate” system fostered competition, increased new products available to consumers and worked to protect consumers and the public?
Deadline: December 2, 2016

2016 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Topic: Successfully preparing for and effectively addressing these and other public health dangers will require use of an array of tools involving expertise and experience possessed and practiced by medical and legal professionals.
Deadline: January 4, 2016

Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Topic: compelling legal topic facing the music industry today
Deadline: January 6, 2016

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law
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.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition
Topic: Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Deadline: January 19, 2016

CBLDF Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship
Topic: addressing a legal issue or issues related to comic books, the comic book industry, or a matter that relates to or affects comics.
Deadline: February 29, 2016

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Annual Student Writing Competition
Topic: wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime.
Deadline: March 7, 2016

Common Cause 2016 “Gerrymander Standard” Writing Competition
Topic: proposing a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further developing an existing standard and pairing that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
Deadline: March 27, 2016

2015-2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component.
Deadline: April 4, 2016

New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law
Topic: an article concerning any area of Animal Law.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic: any federal or state tax-related topic
Deadline: July 5, 2017

Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
The District of Columbia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies are pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Contest.

The purpose of the contest is to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

2016 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
Topic: The 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.
Deadline: September 16, 2016