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.

2021-2022 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.

American Bar Association Aviation and Space Law Committee Annual Law Student Writing Competition -   The competition is open to any law school student who is at least 21 years old at the time of entry and who is currently attending an ABA accredited law school as of the date of entry.  Application Deadline:  September 9, 2021.

American Indian Law Review National Writing CompetitionThe competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Application Deadline:  February 28, 2022.

American Kennel Club Companion Animal Law Writing Contest - Students are asked to choose between two topics:   The impact of "lawyers for dogs" laws on animal cruelty cases or the constitutionality of mandatory spay/neuter laws.  Application Deadline:  April 1, 2022.

Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2021-2022The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is pleased to announce the Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2021-2022, which is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law. It is our hope to stimulate interest in this important field of law by sponsoring a writing competition among law students on legal topics of interest to practitioners in the field.  Application Deadline:  June 15, 2022.

The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers 2021 Law Student Writing Competition - Elligible to all students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States and all those recently graduated from them (graduation in 2021).  Application Deadline:  January 15, 2022.

James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition - This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law.  The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible.  Application Deadline:  September 16, 2022.

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 29th Annual Brown Award - The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools.  Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award.  Application Deadline:  May 31, 2022.

Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law - Open to all current law students who can submit a scholarly paper on a topic related to laws governing the workplace.  Application Deadline:  January 18, 2022.

Marshall M. Schulman Criminal Law Student Writing Competition - To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition. First-year law students are encouraged to submit entries.  Application Deadline:  April 15, 2022.

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing CompetitionThe ACTEC Foundation is proud to support this annual legal writing competition to encourage law students to create scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. The competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) currently enrolled at the time of submission, or who was a student within the past 90-day period prior to submission as a J.D. or L.L.M. candidate, in an ABA-accredited law school within the U.S. or it's possessions.  Application Deadline:  June 30, 2022.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section 2022 Writing ContestThe annual competition is open to all law students enrolled in any law school in the United States who intend to take the Pennsylvania bar exam.  Application Deadline:  April 22, 2022.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Student Writing CompetitionEach year, PMC challenges law students to examine an issue impacting Pennsylvania's judiciary and write an essay supporting their arguments and/or proposed solutions.  Open to 2L and 3L students at any Pennsylvania law school, as well as Rutgers Law School Camden & Newark.  Application Deadline:  February 18, 2022.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing CompetitionNotre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.  Application Deadline:  June 1, 2022.