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Writing Competitions

Putting Pen To Paper

Thinking about entering a writing competition, but don’t know where to start?

The Law Library has a number of resources to help you with developing your research plan, gathering articles, locating books via interlibrary loan, navigating proper citation format, and recommending writing resources. Please stop by the Law Library and speak to a Law Librarian for assistance.

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

Alternative Dispute Resolution

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

Antitrust Law

ABA Section of Antitrust/Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Bar Associations

ABA Affordable Housing & Community Development

ABA Writing Competitions and Law Student Contests

ABA Section & College of Labor and Employment Law 

Robert T. Matsui -Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Mediation Regional Competitions –ABA

Bankruptcy Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

Business Law

ABA Business Law Section/Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Weisblatt Business Law Writing Competition

Civil Rights

Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Writing Competition

Consumer Law

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Criminal Law

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Disability Law

Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition

Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Diversity Writing Competition


The American College of Employee Benefit Counsel Witing Competition

Entertainment Law

Grammy  Foundation – Entertainment  Law Initiative Writing Competition

Environmental Law

Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition


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

ABA Ed Mendrzycki, Ethics Essay Contest-professional liability

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Family Law

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

Family Law Writing Competition

Food & Drug 

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition

Health Law

Epstein Becker & Green Health Law Writing Competition

Mitchell Hamline School of Law Writing Competition

Intellectual Property Law

AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award Competition

Ladas Memorial Award

William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

International/Foreign Law

Trandafir Writing Competition

Houston Journal of International Law - James Baker Hughes Submission

Labor and Employment Law

Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Law Student Writing Competition

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

St. Louis Lawyer Kenneth P. Carp-Unemployment

Legal History

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition


Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS) National Security Law Writing Competition 


American College of Consumer Financial Services 

Global Teletherapy Proudly Announces its Academic Excellence Award

The Levin Firm to Offer Bi-Yearly $1000 Scholarships-Public Interest

William & Mary Law School Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition

Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC., Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

The Zeiger Firm $1,000 Bi-Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

Center For Alcohol Policy, National Essay Contest

National Law Review (NLR) Writing Competition

The Expert Institute - Legal Blog Post Writing Contest

Pacific Legal Foundation

The Foundation for Continuing Justice

Judge John R. Brown Writing Competition

Pharmacy Law

The American Constitution Society (ACS) Constance Baker Motley Award

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

The American Society of Legal Writers

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition

NYSBA Committee on Animals & the Law

Native American Law

American Indian Law Writing Competition

The Sovereignty Symposium Writing Competition

Trademark & Patent 

The Boston Patent Law Association

Hon. William C Connor IP Law Writing Competition

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law

The Dukeminier Awards Writing Competition

Tax Law

The Tannenwald Writing Competition

Trusts and Estates

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

Women and the Law

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for Reproductive Rights Law