Writing Competitions

The Career Services Office maintains a list of writing competitions offered by bar associations, law journals and professional organizations.  Students should check these listings periodically as we update the list as we are notified about competitions or otherwise find information online.

Questions about writing competitions should be directed to the sponsoring organization.

2019-2020 Writing Competitions

iCompete Writing: A Compilation of Legal Writing Contests (created by Suffolk University Law School) - A comprehensive listing of competitions with various subjects and deadlines.

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Writing Competition  Topic:  Article in the area of antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law.  Deadline: January 31, 2020.

Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition  Topic:  The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses.  Deadline: June 10, 2020.

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition  Topic:  Law, Medicine, and Bioethics.  Deadline: January 15, 2020.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition  Topic:  Any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous people.  Deadline: February 28, 2020.

American Kennel Club Companion Animal Law Writing Competition  Topic:  Discuss legal perspectives of one of  the following topics: bond-for-care and fraudulent service animal and emotional support animal claims.  Deadline: November 30, 2019.

DC Bar Law Student Writing Competition  Topic: The Impact of the 19th Amendment Since Its Ratification.  Deadline: October 25, 2019.

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition  Topic:  Identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.  Deadline: January 2, 2020.

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition  Topic:  Traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.  Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Law Contest/ ABA Section of Family Law  Topic:  Any aspect of family law.  Deadline: April 24, 2020 (Entry form due by April 10, 2020).

LSAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Writing Competition  Topic:  Respond to this prompt: "Why a diverse and inclusive bar is essential to equality, justice, and the rule of law."  Deadline: March 31, 2020.

Marshall M. Schulman Criminal Law Writing/ Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyers Association  Topic:  Paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.  Deadline: March 2, 2020.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Law Student Writing Competition  Topic:  Should judges be permitted to speak out on their decisions?  Deadline: February 7, 2020.

Sports Lawyers Association Law Student Writing Competition  Topic:  Current issue in sports law and advocate a position.  Deadline: February 28, 2020.

2018-2019 Writing Competitions

2018 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition - Deadline: September 30, 2018

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Writing Competition - Deadline: January 31, 2019

Environmental Law Institute Constitutional Environmental Law - Deadline: April 8, 2019

Epstein Becker Green 21st Annual Health Law Writing Competition - Deadline: January 25, 2019

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition (IP Law) - Deadline: March 4, 2019

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Excellence in Legal Writing Competition (Any topic) - Deadline: June 3, 2019

Louis Jackson National Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law - Deadline: January 23, 2019

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest (Business Law) - Deadline: February 15, 2019

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Writing Competition (Funding of PA's Unified Judicial System) - Deadline: February 8, 2019

Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative - Deadline: January 2, 2019

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition - Deadline: April 26, 2019

Sports Lawyers Association Writing Competition - Deadline: March 16, 2019

Tannenwald Writing Competition - Deadline: July 8, 2019

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition - ABA Criminal Justice Section (Topic: The Use of Drones by Law Enforcement) (Note: Professor Rago will talk with students writing about this topic if data and/or first account information would be helpful for the content/substance of the paper) - Deadline: July 1, 2019