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Links to writing competitions and associated scholarships for law students.
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Competitions listed here are in order by submission deadline.  Click the links below for more specific details about each competition. 

  • 2017 International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
    Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel

    Submission Deadline: May 19, 2017

    Topic: "Entries 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."
  • Canadian American Bar Association 2017 Student Essay Competition
    Sponsor: Canadian American Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017

    Topic: See website for details
  • Patent Bar Preparation Scholarship
    Sponsor: Chhabra Law Firm

    Submission Deadline: July 28, 2017

    Topic: Write an essay (5,000 word limit) about the public policy related to patent law
  • Ohio Domestic Violence Scholarship
    Sponsor: Laubacher & Co. Law Firm

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017

    Topic: 1 page essay on how domestic violence has affected you and a short statement or piece of advice for people going through a similar situation
  • Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship
    Sponsor: Howell & Christmas, LLC

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017

    Topic: An essay of 500-1000 words on one of the three following topics:
    1. Describe why we should, or should not, protect Americans’ rights to Trial by Jury in the United States.
    2. Address the impact of the United States Constitution on the everyday lives of Americans.
    3. Address whether we should, or should not, have capital punishment in the United States.
  • Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship
    Sponsor: Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C.

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017

    Topic: Less than three page essay describing how juvenile justice could be improved to rehabilitate juveniles and keep them out of the criminal justice system.
  • Jaques Leroy Prize
    Sponsor: International Association of Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017

    Topic: How can companies limit the impacts of natural resource exploitation on the rights of local populations and avoid fueling conflicts in their relations with the authorities, these populations, and their international partners and subsidiaries?

Past Competitions - 2017

  • AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
    Sponsor: The American Association for Justice

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Topic: A 500-word essay on how you meet the criteria:
    Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities;
    Expresses a desire to represent victims;
    Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
    Shows a financial need for the scholarship.
  • 2017 Richard D. Hailey Scholarship
    Sponsor: AAJ’s Minority Caucus

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Topic: A 500-word essay on how you meet the following criteria:
    Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
    Expresses a desire to represent victims
    Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities
    Shows a financial need for the scholarship
  • 2017 Mike Eidson Scholarship
    Sponsor: AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Topic: "A letter explaining your interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and your dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and how you have demonstrated this"
  • 2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: National Association of Women Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Topic: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017

    Topic: Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
  • The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
    Sponsor: The Nation Institute

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017

    Topic: Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
  • George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy
    Sponsor: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Submission Deadline: April 21, 2017

    Topic: "Tell us about your career goals; please include any comments you may want the scholarship review committee to know, such as your extracurricular activity involvement, financial situation, including any extenuating circumstances, your use of listening and spoken language and the impact, if any, that hearing loss has had on you."
  • The 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
    Sponsor: Public Citizen, R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates

    Submission Deadline: April 28, 2017

    Topic: “What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?"
  • The Judge Advocate General’s School 2017 National Security Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS), in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc.

    Submission Deadline: April 15, 2017

    Topic: "This year’s writing competition topic encourages scholarship on issues surrounding the implications of autonomous systems in the Air Force."
  • The Franklin Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Sponsor: Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Cour

    Submission Deadline: April 6, 2017

    Topic: "One page statement describing how (a) ethics, civility and professionalism have been a focus of the applicant and (b) the applicants circumstances of financial need or hardship."
  • Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships
    Sponsor: Animal Legal Defense Fund

    Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017

    Topic: Included in the scholarship information
  • Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Scholarships
    Sponsor: Amarillo Area Bar Foundation

    Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017

    Topic: "Why you chose to attend law school and how this scholarship will help you attain your goals."
  • 2017 George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
    Sponsor: American Association of Law Libraries & Thomson West

    Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017

    Topic: "A personal statement in which you include: financial information you feel the jury could use in determining your financial need, your interest in law librarianship, reason(s) for applying for this scholarship, and career goals as a law librarian"
  • LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Law School Admission Council Diversity Committee

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

    Topic: "Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession."
  • 2017 III Prize in International Insolvency Studies
    Sponsor: International Insolvency Institute

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

    Topic: "The III Prize is awarded for original 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"
  • Frederikson & Byron 2017 Minority Scholarship Award
    Sponsor: Fredrikson & Byron

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

    Topic:
  • 2017 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application
    Sponsor: DRI

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

    Topic: Must write an essay based on fact pattern provided in scholarship rules
  • The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship
    Sponsor: Thurgood Marshall College Fund

    Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017

    Topic:
  • 2017 Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Law Student Legal Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017

    Topic: Entries should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.
  • Trandafir Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program

    Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017

    Topic: "Any contemporary international business or economic concern."
  • Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The New York Intellectual Property Law Association

    Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017

    Topic: "The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust."
  • Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
    Sponsor: American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP

    Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017

    Topic: "The 2017 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm’s clients."
  • The American Bankruptcy Institute Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

    Topic: "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."
  • Fitch Law Partners LLP Scholarships for Students
    Sponsor: Fitch Law Partners LLP

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

    Topics:
    1. What book or author has had the biggest impact on changing the way that you think and your aspirations as a lawyer?

    2. Please describe how any lawyer or judge has particularly inspired you?

    3. What obstacles have you overcome in your life and how have those experiences influenced your aspirations for a legal career?
  • Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
    Sponsor: Jackson Lewis LLP and the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

    Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

    Topic: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
  • Stanfield and D'Orlando Legal and Art Scholarships
    Sponsor: Unitarian Universalist Association

    Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

    Topic: Mrs. Stanfield asked the committee to consider, “not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind.” In a brief essay not exceeding two typewritten pages, describe how your goals are consistent with Mrs. Stanfield’s wishes. Please include your reasons for seeking further education and your expected date of graduation.
  • Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter

    Submission Deadline: February 12, 2017

    Topic: ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.
  • The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
    Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

    Submission Deadline: February 5, 2017

    Topic: 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.
  • 2017 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
    Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

    Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017

    Topic: The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article.
  • University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
    Sponsor: University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review

    Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

    Topic: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Antitrust Law

    Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

    Topic: A current topic dealing with antitrust or consumer protection law
  • 19th Annual Health Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Epstein, Becker & Green

    Submission Deadline: January 27, 2017

    Topic: Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials, telehealth/telemedicine).
  • The Ladas Memorial Award
    Sponsor: Ladas & Parry LLP

    Submission Deadline: January 18, 2017

    Topic: Trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks
  • Third Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017

    Topic: Submitted papers may be on 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.
  • Public Defender Scholarship for Law Students
    Sponsor: Robert Theofanis, Esq.

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017

    Topic: Please write a personal essay about your experience as a public defender. You may choose any angle you’d like to explore. Entries must be no longer than 1,200 words.
  • 2016 College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Compensation
    Sponsor: The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017

    Topic: "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"
  • Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition 2016
    Sponsor: The Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness

    Submission Deadline: January 13, 2017

    Topic: See link for topic questions
  • Mendes Hershman Award
    Sponsor: ABA Business Law Section

    Submission Deadline: January 6, 2017

    Topic: Any topic within the area of business law
  • 2017 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
    Sponsor: American College of Legal Medicine

    Submission Deadline: January 5, 2017

    Topic: "Papers may deal with any aspect of legal medicine, including medical licensure and regulation of the profession, 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"
  • GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative

    Submission Deadline: January 4, 2017

    Topic: A proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.
  • "Outstanding Koreans Scholarship"
    Sponsor: Law Offices of Anna R. Yum

    Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016

    Topic: "Describe you and your family’s journey to and/or in America. Also state why your parents or the Korean community has influenced your choice in attending a college/university. Please attach your essay as a separate document."

Past Competitions - 2016

This list includes competitions that have closed for this year and is for informational purposes ONLY.

  • The Expert Institute’s 2016 Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Expert Institute

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2016

    Topic: The use of expert witnesses in litigation
  • The Reeves Law Group Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Reeves Law Group

    Submission Deadline: December 15, 2016

    Topic: "We would like you to tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then, please provide your entry in a 750-1000 words essay, or a Prezi presentation. Graphic or creative presentations are welcome."
  • The Advocates Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day

    Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2016

    Topic: "Millions of people each year are killed or injured in accidents involving cars or other motor vehicles. What are some ways YOU can contribute to making our roads and highways safer? What are some of the ways the laws can be changed to accomplish that goal?"
  • White River Environmental Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
    and Vermont Law School

    Submission Deadline: December 9, 2016

    Topic: "Any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law."
  • The IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law

    Submission Deadline: December 9, 2016

    Topic: "The 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."
  • Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Labor and Employment Law Section

    Submission Deadline: December 9, 2016

    Topic: "Any timely, compelling aspect of labor and employment law."
  • Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest
    Sponsor: The Center for Alcohol Policy

    Submission Deadline: December 2, 2016

    Topic: "The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states. Though each state’s alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol. Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways? Should they be?"
  • ABA Health Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The American Bar Association Health Law Section

    Submission Deadline: December 2, 2016

    Topic: "any aspect of health law"
  • The Rocky Mountain Educational Dreams Scholarships
    Sponsor: The Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team

    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016

    Topic: "Explain your motivation for becoming a lawyer and what about the law inspires you."
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2016

    Topic: "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."
  • "Strive to be the best criminal lawyer" Scholarship
    Sponsor: Law Offices of David Michael Cantor

    Submission Deadline: November 30, 2016

    Topic: "The necessity and value of the presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt in the criminal justice system."
  • 8th GoJIL Student Essay Competition (2016)
    Sponsor: Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL)

    Submission Deadline: November 30, 2016

    Topic: "Is there a lack of transparency in International Law and/or its specific fields or rather the contrary? What does the concept of transparency stand for on the international level?"
  • Mark T. Banner Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Richard Linn American Inn of Court

    Submission Deadline: November 23, 2016

    Topic: Applicants must have "an ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement."
  • Better Your Life Scholarship
    Sponsor: Brandy Austin Law Firm

    Submission Deadline: November 22, 2016

    Topic: "A three to five (3-5) page, typed essay about domestic violence in your life and how you have moved forward."
  • ASECA Annual Securities Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni

    Submission Deadline: November 12, 2016

    Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law
  • 2016 Patent Quality Initiative Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Askeladden L.L.C.

    Submission Deadline: November 7, 2016

    Topic: "Submitted entries must focus primarily on one or more aspects of patent quality."
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    Sponsor: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    Submission Deadline: November 1, 2016

    Topic: Strong evidence of at least two of the following: 1. The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life. 2. The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort. 3. The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.
  • Noah’s Event Venue Scholarship Essay Contest
    Sponsor: NOAH’S Event Venue

    Submission Deadline: November 1, 2016

    Topic: Four topics are available, each regarding business conferences, seminars, employee morale, or event venues.
  • 2016 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law

    Submission Deadline: October 5, 2016

    Topic: "The theme of the 2016 Competition is 'Refugee Protections under International Humanitarian Law.' Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with refugee issues, such as status, how refugee protections are affected by issues of gender, race, class, and nationality, the impact of IHL on resettlement and statelessness, etc."
  • Baxter Family Competition on Federalism
    Sponsor: McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism

    Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016

    Topic: While essays can discuss any one of a wide range of topics related to federalism, the organizers of the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism are particularly interested in submissions centered on two particular aspects of the “federal phenomenon”:

    1. The potential and challenges of federal constitutional design for complex multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multinational societies, including those with mixed legal systems and/or those seeking post-conflict reconciliation.
    2. The institutions, mechanisms and constitutional principles that may enhance – or undermine – “good government” in federal systems.
  • 2016 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016

    Topic: A topic of of interest to the public contract and grant law community.
  • The PIABA Foundation's Beckley Competition
    Sponsor: The PIABA Foundation

    Submission Deadline: September 16, 2016

    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."
  • Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Baumgartner Law Firm

    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016

    Topic:
  • Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship
    Sponsor: Fales & Fales, P.A.

    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016

    Topic: "Describe the impact of the law enforcement member on the candidate’s life."
  • Second Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest
    Sponsor: International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), the American Society of International Law Disaster Law Interest Group (ASIL DLIG), and the International Disaster Law Project (IDL)

    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016

    Topic: "Essays may examine any issue related to law and disasters due to natural hazards,but must do so either from a comparative or an international law perspective, or both. Comparative essays should examine laws or legal issues from no less than three countries."
  • Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
    Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

    Submission Deadline: August 19, 2016

    Topic: "Two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation"
  • Console & Hollawell "My Injury Attorney" Scholarship
    Sponsor: Console & Hollawell

    Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016

    Topic: "An interesting law related topic"
  • Law Offices of Potashnik & Associates Change America Scholarship
    Sponsor: Law Offices of Potashnik & Associates

    Submission Deadline: August 5, 2016

    Topic: How you plan on changing/helping your local community.
  • Annual Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship
    Sponsor: Gabriel Cheong with Infinity Law Group LLC

    Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Topic: "Describe how your background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced your choice to go to law school and how you plan to use your law degree."
  • Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship
    Sponsor: Appel Law Firm

    Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Topic: "[Describe] the car accident, how it affected you, and what has changed since the accident."
  • Christensen & Hymas Married Student Law Scholarship
    Sponsor: Christensen & Hymas Personal Injury Law

    Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Topic: An essay explaining your life balance including educational, familial, and personal goals
  • DeLuca, Ricciuti & Konieczka Mental Health Scholarship
    Sponsor: DeLuca, Ricciuti & Konieczka

    Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Topic: Your life with mental illness, the struggles you’ve encountered and how you’ve overcome them.
  • DotComLawyerMarketing Scholarship
    Sponsor: DotComLawyerMarketing

    Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Topic: An essay, discussing how you will use the scholarship proceeds
  • The Reiter & Walsh, P.C. Annual Birth Injury Scholarship
    Sponsor: Reiter & Walsh, P.C.

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016

    Topic: "Describe the birth injury sustained by the student or his/her family member and how it has affected the student’s life"
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness/Law School Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Law Office of Renkin & Associates

    Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2016

    Topic: "How your life has been impacted by Lymphoma or Leukemia"
  • Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship
    Sponsor: Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C.

    Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2016

    Topic: "How you think juvenile justice could be improved to rehabilitate juvenile’s and keep them out of the criminal justice system"
  • Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship
    Sponsor: Howell & Christmas, LLC

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016

    Topic: Choose one of the three:
    1. Describe why we should, or should not, protect Americans’ rights to Trial by Jury in the United States.
    2. Address the impact of the United States Constitution on the everyday lives of Americans.
    3. Address whether we should, or should not, have capital punishment in the United States.
  • Gerben Law Firm, PLLC Annual Scholarship
    Sponsor: Gerben Law Firm, PLLC

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016

    Topic: Short essay describing "why you are interested in pursuing a career as a trademark attorney"
  • The Cantor Crane Personal Injury Lawyer $1,000 Student Scholarship Fund
    Sponsor: Cantor Crane

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016
  • The 2016 Laubacher Law Firm Domestic Violence Scholarship
    Sponsor: Laubacher & Co.

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016

    Topic: "How domestic violence affected you"
  • The Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program
    Sponsor: Reed Smith

    Submission Deadline: July 25, 2016

    Topic: Personal statement on "why you believe it is important to strive for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession."
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016

    Topic: Any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • 2015-2016 Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016

    Topic: "Any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims"
  • 2016 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
    Sponsor: American Inns of Court

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

    Topic: Original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • 2016 New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

    Topic: Any area of Animal Law
  • 2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

    Topic: "Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic"
  • Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights
    Sponsor: The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

    Topic: "The scope of the topic is broad. We welcome papers, from any discipline, that address gender and human rights from an international, transnational, or comparative perspective."
  • Patrick Malone & Associates “Representing Real People” Scholarship
    Sponsor: Patrick Malone & Associates

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

    Topic: "Why you believe you are the most deserving recipient for this scholarship."
  • Texas A&M Journal of Property Law National Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Texas A&M Journal of Property Law

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: A legal issue touching property law in some manner.
  • Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award
    Sponsor: The American Society for Pharmacy Law

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: Papers related to Pharmacy Law
  • K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: A current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Section
  • James A. Leahy Memorial Marine Appreciation
    Sponsor: The Law Office of Steven A. Leahy, PC

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: "How your life has been impacted through the Marine service and sacrifice to your family"
  • Because College is Expensive Scholarship
    Sponsor: Cedar Education Lending

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: None. Just a short online form to fill out.
  • AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award
    Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Association

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: A subject relating to the protection of intellectual property
  • ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law - Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

    Topic: "A current topic dealing with real property, trust and estate law"
  • LCCHP Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law
    Sponsor: The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

    Submission Deadline: June 27, 2016

    Topic: "Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law relating to art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage, but not intellectual property or family law issues, except as they relate to material cultural heritage."
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review’s Second Annual Public Interest Essay Competition
    Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania Law Review

    Submission Deadline: June 20, 2016

    Topic: Submissions must focus on a specific legal issue within the public interest. This encompasses any issues relating to social justice or advancing the general welfare and good of the public. Topic selection will be one of the criteria judged.
  • James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
    Sponsor: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

    Submission Deadline: June 17, 2016

    Topic: "Any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research"
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
    Sponsor: Baker Donelson

    Submission Deadline: June 17, 2016
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law

    Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016

    Topic: "Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country."
  • Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

    Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016

    Topic: "The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined."
  • H. Thomas Austen Memorial Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Food and Drug Law Institute

    Submission Deadline: June 10, 2016

    Topic: "Paper topics are limited to FDA and other regulated agency law. Topical focus should be on FDA regulated industries: food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and tobacco"
  • MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship
    Sponsor: Minority Corporate Counsel Association

    Submission Deadline: June 6, 2016

    Topic: Two required essays:
    1. In no less than 750 words, describe your career goals, the influences in your life -- personal, academic and/or professional -- that have contributed to your decision concerning your education and your career choice, as well as your interest in corporate legal work, including working in a corporate law department and/or law firm.

    2. In no less than 750 words, explain why diversity is important to you and important in the legal profession.
  • Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association

    Submission Deadline: June 3, 2016

    Topic: Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law)
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

    Submission Deadline: June 2, 2016

    Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law
  • 2016 Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law
    Sponsor: Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

    Topic: Do you think the criminal justice system adequately deals with America’s War on Drugs?
  • 2016 Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship
    Sponsor: Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

    Topic: "An essay of not more than 3-4 pages outlining your point of view on how your home state’s current laws impact employees’ legal rights regarding workplace injuries. Do you feel your state’s laws are too strict or too lenient regarding workers’ compensation?"
  • Noah’s Event Venue Scholarship Essay Contest
    Sponsor: NOAH’S Event Venue

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

    Topic: Four topics are available, each regarding business conferences, seminars, employee morale, or event venues.
  • PritzkerOlsen Food Safety Scholarship Essay Contest
    Sponsor: PritzkerOlsen

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

    Topic: "A) What is the biggest food safety concern facing our country today? How do we combat it?
    B) What aspect of food safety education do you feel is neglected in mainstream media? Why is this important?
    C) What is the role of food safety education in the globalization of our world? How will this evolve with technological advances?
    D) Have you experienced the adverse effects of foodborne illness first hand? What would you like to share about your experience?"
  • Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

    Topic: A legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.
  • Scott Yancey National Scholarship Essay Contest
    Sponsor: Scott Yancey

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

    Topic: How has entrepreneurship changed in America?
  • Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Injury Scholarship
    Sponsor: Ladah Law Firm, PLLC

    Submission Deadline: May 31, 2016

    Topic: "1. How a car accident injury you or someone close to you experienced has impacted your life.
    2. How your experience with an injury or a car accident has contributed to your desire & motivation to become an attorney.
    3. Personal commitment to working with, helping or caring for those affected by injuries sustained in car accidents."
  • Tax Analysts' Annual Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Tax Analysts

    Submission Deadline: May 31, 2016

    Topic: Between 2,500 and 12,000 words and focus on an unsettled question in federal, international, or state law or policy

    Send your submissions to studentwritingcomp@taxanalysts.org. If you would like to ask a question, please type “Question: Ohio Northern University” in the subject line of the e-mail. To submit an entry, please type “Submission: Ohio Northern University” in the subject line.
  • Accident Survivor University Scholarship
    Sponsor: Zehl & Associates

    Submission Deadline: May 30, 2016

    Topic: "[Candidates must submit an essay] describing the impact that the accident had on them (or their family member), what they have done to overcome the effects (physical and/or financial) of the accident, and how the experience has influenced their desire to become an attorney."
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
    Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel

    Submission Deadline: May 20, 2016

    Topic: "Entries 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."
  • 2016 Women and Minority Scholarship
    Sponsor: Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

    Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016

    Topic:
  • GSU Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Georgia State Law

    Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016

    Topic: "legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field."
  • AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
    Sponsor: The American Association for Justice

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016

    Topic: How do you meet the following criteria:
    * Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities;
    * Expresses a desire to represent victims;
    * Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
    * Shows a financial need for the scholarship.
  • The AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s Mike Eidson Scholarship 2015
    Sponsor: AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016

    Topic: "Explain your interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and your dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and how you have demonstrated this."
  • Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships 2016
    Sponsor: American Association for Justice's Minority Caucus

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016

    Topic: How do you meet the following criteria:
    * Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
    * Expresses a desire to represent victims
    * Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities
    * Shows a financial need for the scholarship.
  • Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
    Sponsor: R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2016

    Topic: "Class Actions and Environmental Law.

    As courts and legislators have made it more difficult to bring effective class actions, can class actions continue to advance environmental objectives and hold polluters accountable?"
  • Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Law School Scholarship Essay Contest
    Sponsor: Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2016

    Topic: "Medical malpractice with the advancement of technology: New technology always brings about more errors."
  • 2016 Law Student Division Essay Contest
    Sponsor: State Bar of Texas Law Student Division

    Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016

    Topic: "Why should all people be treated fairly even if they are suspected of wrong doing?"
  • The Judge Advocate General’s School 2016 National Security Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School

    Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016

    Topic: "For purposes of this competition, authors should prepare works contemplating the domestic and international legalities of such partnerships in the acquisition and implementation of new technology within the Air Force, and the resulting implications for national security. Essentially, we encourage papers on any topic directly aimed at the intersection between such public-private partnerships and national security law."
  • The DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
    Sponsor: DISH Network, LLC

    Submission Deadline: April 11, 2016

    Topic: "The 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. The contest judges are looking for creativity and support for arguments as well as excellent writing and reasoning."
  • State Bar of Texas’ Tax Section Annual Law Student Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas

    Submission Deadline: April 8, 2016

    Topic:
    * Why you plan to pursue a career in tax law in Texas;
    * What are your long-term career goals;
    * List of the tax courses you have taken and grade received, and tax courses you are currently taking; and
    * Any qualifications that you believe are relevant for your consideration for this scholarship. For example, students may describe relevant research, published articles, clubs, competitions, clinics, community service, job or internship or externship experience.
    * (Optional) Any issues of financial need that you would like the Committee to consider.
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
    Sponsor: American Association of Law Libraries

    Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016
  • The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program
    Sponsor: Federal Communications Bar Association

    Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016

    Topic: "Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications law field; (2) dependence on financial assistance in order to attend law school; and (3) their law school record."
  • Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship
    Sponsor: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.

    Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016

    Topic: "A one page typed essay describing how you have utilized your time promoting ethnic diversity within your community. Alternatively, you may write about how you will use your law degree to promote ethnic diversity in the future."
  • ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships
    Sponsor: The Animal Legal Defense Fund

    Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016

    Topic:
    1. Describe your interest in animal issues and tell us how your law school education will help you to be a better advocate for animals.
    2. Describe your role within your SALDF chapter.
    3. Describe any other animal law (or animal protection) activities and experience (academic, volunteer, activism, employment, etc.) to date.
    4. ALDF’s mission is to advance the lives and protect the interest of animals through the legal system. Describe how you see yourself contributing to this mission, and tell us how you will support the field of animal law after graduation.
    5. How will receiving this scholarship help you to achieve your goals?
    6. Recipients of the ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship are encouraged to serve as a SALDF advisor for two years after graduation. How do you envision yourself in this role and how would you contribute to your chapter’s ongoing
  • Frederikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program
    Sponsor: Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016

    No essay required.
  • 2016 Prize in International Insolvency Studies
    Sponsor: The International Insolvency Institute

    Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016

    Topic: "Original 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."
  • DRI 2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarship
    Sponsor: DRI

    Submission Deadline: March 30, 2016

    Topic: "Is “jury nullification” acceptable in our system of justice and if so, under what circumstances? As part of your analysis, please discuss the pros and cons of “jury nullification” in both civil and criminal cases, including a discussion of how jury nullification could be identified and accepted by the Court. If you believe jury nullification should be permitted, also please give examples of when it would be so."
  • 2016 "Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Common Cause

    Submission Deadline: March 27, 2016

    Topic: Propose a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further develop an existing standard and pair that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
  • Eisenberg Rothweiler Winkler Eisenberg and Jeck Scholarship for Civil Trial Work
    Sponsor: Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.

    Submission Deadline: March 15, 2016

    Topic: Personal statement
  • Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship
    Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation

    Submission Deadline: March 15, 2016

    Topic: "In 250 words or more, please explain how an award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship/Thurgood Marshall College Fund will help make a difference in meeting your goal of engaging in the full time practice of Intellectual Property Law."
  • Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The New York Intellectual Property Law Association

    Submission Deadline: March 6, 2016

    Topic: The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of
    intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade
    practices and antitrust.
  • 2016 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
    Sponsor: American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP

    Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016

    Topic: "The 2016 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a U.S.-based law firm seeks to acquire foreign law firms in an effort to better serve and expand its international client base."
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation

    Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016

    Topic: Personal statement describing "how you intend to use your law degree to benefit the Hispanic community in Texas, as well as your career aspirations and other information the Foundation may find helpful in considering your application."
  • Trandafir Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program

    Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016

    Topic: "Any contemporary international business or economic concern."
  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fu nd
    Sponsor: ABA Council for Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline

    Submission Deadline: March 2, 2016

    Topic: Personal statement
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American Bankruptcy Institute

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016

    Topic: 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.
  • National Italian American Foundation Scholarship
    Sponsor: National Italian American Foundation

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016

    Topic: None
  • Sally & Fitch Scholarships
    Sponsor: Sally & Fitch LLP

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016

    Topic: Answer one of the following:

    1. What book or author has had the biggest impact on changing the way that you think and your aspirations as a lawyer?

    2. Please describe how any lawyer or judge has particularly inspired you?

    3. What obstacles have you overcome in your life and how have those experiences influenced your aspirations for a legal career?
  • Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American Constitution Society and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Capter

    Submission Deadline: February 12, 2016

    Topic: Papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy, including: Civil Legal Aid, Civil Liberties, Consumer Rights, Criminal Justice, Disability Rights, Education, Freedom of Speech, Immigration, Indigent Defense, Human Rights, Money in Politics (including Judicial Elections), Labor Law, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Protection of Health, Safety, and the Environment, Racial Equality, Religion, Second Amendment and Guns, Separation of Powers and Federalism, Women's Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Freedom, Voting and Political Process
  • 2016 CMBA Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition
    Sponsor: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with American LawRadio.com and the Law Office of David B. Malik

    Submission Deadline: February 12, 2016

    Topic: "How should a new attorney respond if a supervisor instructs the new attorney to engage in non-criminal conduct that the new attorney believes would violate the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct?"
  • The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
    Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

    Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016

    Topic: 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.
  • Human Rights Essay Award
    Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

    Submission Deadline: February 1, 2016

    Topic: Extractive industries and human rights
  • Ayo and Iken Family Law Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Law Firm of Ayo and Iken

    Submission Deadline: February 1, 2016

    Topic: Any area of family law, including divorce, parenting, custody, support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, same-sex custody, dependency, or any other related legal topic.
  • University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
    Sponsor: University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review

    Submission Deadline: January 29, 2016

    Topic: Any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.
  • ABA Antitrust Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Antitrust Law

    Submission Deadline: January 29, 2016

    Topic: Antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law
  • 7th Annual Ohio State Bar Association Environmental Law Award: Call for Papers
    Sponsor: McMahon DeGulis LLP

    Submission Deadline: January 29, 2016

    Topic: Any topic that advances the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in the State of Ohio.
  • Epstein Becker Green Health Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Epstein Becker Green

    Submission Deadline: January 25, 2016

    Topic: Any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials).
  • Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
    Sponsor: Jackson Lewis LLP and the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

    Submission Deadline: January 19, 2016

    Topic: "Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination."
  • Sarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
    Sponsor: Law Students for Reproductive Justice

    Submission Deadline: January 18, 2016

    Topic: "Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion"
  • Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition 2015
    Sponsor: Pacific Legal Foundation

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

    Topic: "1. [...] How can the government best remedy the effects of past discrimination in education, housing, and hiring, without discriminating anew?

    "2. [...] Analyze (at least) one of the arguments for or against the rule [to define the scope of the Clean Water Act].

    "3. [...] What are some of the major problems that law poses to 'sharing economy' entrepreneurs (businesses like Uber and Airbnb that allow people to share rides or rent out spare rooms in their homes) and how should legislatures and courts deal with them?"
  • Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

    Topic: 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.
  • The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers 2015 Writing Competition for Law Students
    Sponsor: The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

    Topic: 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.
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
    Sponsor: Banner & Witcoff

    Submission Deadline: January 11, 2016

    Topic: "How diversity has impacted the candidate"
  • AAUW Educational Foundation Selected Professions Fellowships
    Sponsor: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

    Submission Deadline: January 10, 2016

    Fellowships in the law program are restricted to women of color in their third year of study.
  • Ladas Memorial Award
    Sponsor: International Trademark Association

    Submission Deadline: January 8, 2016

    Topic: Trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks
  • Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

    Submission Deadline: January 8, 2016

    Topic: Any original paper concerning federal taxation
  • GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative

    Submission Deadline: January 6, 2015

    Topic: A proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.
  • 2016 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
    Sponsor: The American College of Legal Medicine

    Submission Deadline: January 5, 2016

    Topic: Legal medicine, defined as "the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice and other healthcare delivery. Practitioners of the specialty have sufficient training, knowledge and expertise to address the scope of the specialty from a scholarly, scientific and practical perspective. As the subject matter of legal medicine is broad, we are looking for quality papers that cover any aspect of legal medicine.
  • 2016 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical - Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
    Sponsor: Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law

    Submission Deadline: January 4, 2016

    Topic: "[...] Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also respecting individual and institutional personal and property rights."

Past Competitions - 2015

  • Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
    Sponsor: The Expert Institute

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2015

    Topic: The use of expert witnesses in litigation.
  • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Student Writing Contest
    Sponsor: Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

    Submission Deadline: December 28, 2015

    Topic: Entrants must submit an article on a current or general topic dealing with real property, probate, or trust law.
  • Reeves Law Group Annual Law Student Scholarship Award
    Sponsor: The Reeves Law Group

    Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015

    Topic: "My dream contribution to society as a lawyer.”
  • Institute for Energy Law Hartrick Scholar competition
    Sponsor: The Center for American and International Law's Institute for Energy Law

    Submission Deadline: December 11, 2015

    Topic: 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.
  • White River Environmental Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Vermont Law School

    Submission Deadline: December 9, 2015

    Topic: Any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law.
  • The Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest
    Sponsor: The Center for Alcohol Policy

    Submission Deadline: December 5, 2015

    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?
  • Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section

    Submission Deadline: December 4, 2015

    Topic: Submissions should focus on any timely, compelling aspect of labor and employment law.
  • 14th Annual ABA Health Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Health Law Section

    Submission Deadline: December 4, 2015

    Topic: Any aspect of health law.
  • Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship
    Sponsor: Staver Law Group

    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015

    Topic: How the accident has affected you and impacted your life. Examples include a car accident, a slip and fall accident, a bike accident, or a type of medical malpractice, but unfortunately, there are many types and forms of accidents every day.
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015

    Topic: 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.
  • Victoria Fisher Memoria Prize 2015
    Sponsor: University of Leicester's School of Law

    Submission Deadline: November 30, 2015

    Topic: No more than 10,000 words relating to Women and the Law.
  • Mark T. Banner Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Richard Linn American Inn of Court

    Submission Deadline: November 23, 2015

    Topic: Applicants must have "an ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement."
  • The Advocates Scholarship
    Sponsor: The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day

    Submission Deadline: November 15, 2015

    Topic: "Millions of people each year are injured or killed in accidents involving cars or other motor vehicles. What are some legislative changes that could be made to make our roads safer? Do you think current traffic laws are too strict or not strict enough? (i.e., speed limits, mandatory safety belt laws, etc.) What do you think is a more effective solution- mandating and enforcing safety laws for drivers, increasing awareness of traffic accidents, or a combination of the two?"
  • ASECA Annual Securities Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni

    Submission Deadline: November 13, 2015

    Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law
  • Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice, and Policy in Historical Perspective Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law

    Submission Deadline: November 9, 2015

    Topic: Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    Sponsor: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015

    Topic: Strong evidence of at least two of the following: 1. The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life. 2. The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort. 3. The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.
  • DMWR Diversity Scholarship Program
    Sponsor: Duggins, Wren, Mann & Romero, LLP

    Submission Deadline: October 31, 2015

    Topic: "Why are you interested in the DWMR Diversity Scholarship program? How would you distinguish yourself from other applicants? Describe your post-graduate legal dream job."
  • State Bar of Texas Legal Professionalism Award
    Sponsor: State Bar of Texas

    Submission Deadline: October 23, 2015

    Topic: The purpose of this award is to promote legal professionalism among State Bar of Texas Law Student Division members by rewarding participation in activities that further the administration of justice, enhance professional responsibility, and provide service to the public.
  • Belluck & Fox Scholarship Essay Contest
    Sponsor: Belluck & Fox

    Submission Deadline: October 9, 2015

    Topic: "Share your personal story dealing with asbestos disease or cancer. Talk about how it affected your life and how/whether it impacted your education/career choice. What do you hope to do with the education you are receiving to help cancer patients? Why is raising awareness and educating the public about the dangers of asbestos and the impact of mesothelioma on a family important? What would you say to someone who is fighting mesothelioma or to a family member who recently lost a loved one to the disease?"
  • 2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

    Submission Deadline: October 7, 2015

    Topic: The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.
  • ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Public Contract Law

    Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015

    Topic: Issues of interest to the public contract and grant law community
  • 2015 James E. Beckley Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The PIABA Foundation

    Submission Deadline: September 18, 2015

    Topic: 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.
  • NASI Law Student Writing Award
    Sponsor: National Academy of Social Insurance

    Submission Deadline: September 15, 2015

    Topic: 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.
  • Animal Law Writing Contest
    Sponsor: American Veterinary Medical Association

    Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015

    Topic: An in-depth analysis of one of two topics (see link for details)
  • Forum on the Construction Industry Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

    Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

    Topic: Any topic related to construction law
  • 2014-2015 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition
    Sponsor: University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology

    Submission Deadline: January 11, 2015

    Topic: The topic of the paper MUST deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.
  • Mendes Hershman Award
    Sponsor: ABA Business Law Section

    Submission Deadline: January 9, 2015

    Topic: Any topic within the area of business law
  • 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

    Submission Deadline: January 5, 2015

    Topic: Any original paper concerning federal taxation

Past Competitions - 2014

This list includes competitions that have closed for 2014 and is for informational purposes ONLY.

  • Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
    Sponsor: The Expert Institute

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014

    Topic: Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Writing Award
    Sponsor: SEC Historical Society

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014

    Topic: Any area of municipal securities regulation
  • Health Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Health Law Section

    Submission Deadline: December 5, 2014

    Topic: Any aspect of health law
  • ACCSFL Annual Writing Competition
    Sponsor: The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014

    Topic: Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services
  • 2014 Golden Pen Award Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Pennsylvania Bar Association Plain English Committee

    Submission Deadline: October 17, 2014

    Topic: Translating five commercial contract clauses written in "legalese" into plain English (competition open to students at Pennsylvania law schools or Pennsylvania-based students studying at other U.S. law schools)
  • 2013-14 National Security Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

    Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014

    Topic: Surveillance and privacy issues and national security law; student analysis of a timely issue at the intersection of law and national security.
  • 2014 Warren E. Burger Prize
    Sponsor: American Inns of Court

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014

    Topic: Addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism
  • AEF Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF)

    Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014

    Topic: Any topic of interest, so long as it reasonably relates to Asian Pacific Americans and the law
  • Boskey ADR Writing Competition
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

    Submission Deadline: June 13, 2014

    Topic: Any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research
  • 2014 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing ($10,000)
    Sponsor: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

    Submission Deadline: June 6, 2014

    Topic: Must be on a legal subject, otherwise no page limitation or topic restriction
  • ACEBC 10th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
    Sponsor: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

    Submission Deadline: June 3, 2014

    Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law
  • IADC 2014 Legal Writing Contest
    Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel

    Submission Deadline: May 16, 2014

    Topic: Entries 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.
  • Nappert Prize in International Arbitration
    Sponsor: McGill University (Canada)--open to students, junior scholars, & junior practitioners from around the world

    Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

    Topic: Must relate to commercial or investment arbitration;must be unpublished (not yet submitted for publication) as of May 15.
  • May 2014 Law Student Writing Contest
    Sponsor: National Law Review

    Submission Deadline: May 12, 2014

    Suggested Topic: Construction and Real Estate Law
  • 2014 Technology Law Writing Contest
    Sponsor: Foley & Lardner LLP

    Submission Deadline: May 2, 2014

    Topic: Must address technology law topics.
  • 2013-14 Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Georgia State University College of Law

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

    Topic: Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.
  • Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

    Submission Deadline: April 25, 2014

    Topic: Legal Ethics
  • April 2014 Law Student Writing Contest
    Sponsor: National Law Review

    Submission Deadline: April 14, 2014

    Suggested Topic: Supreme Court Case Decisions from 2012 to Present
  • 2013-2014 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Environmental Law Institute and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies

    Submission Deadline: April 7, 2014 (no later than 5 PM EST)

    Topic: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component.
  • March 2014 Law Student Writing Contest
    Sponsor: National Law Review

    Submission Deadline: March 17, 2014

    Suggested Topic: Media and Communications Law
  • 2nd Annual Sports Lawyers Association Law Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Sports Lawyers Association (entrants must be members of SLA)

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

    Topic: Current issues in Sports Law
  • 2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest
    Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Responsibility

    Submission Deadline: February 21, 2014

    Topic: Hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.
  • February 2014 Law Student Writing Contest
    Sponsor: National Law Review

    Submission Deadline: February 17, 2014

    Suggested Topic: Labor and Employment Law
  • 2014 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
    Sponsor: Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University's Washington College of Law

    Submission Deadline: February 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

    Topic: Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, drones, autonomous systems, cyber warfare technologies, etc.
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