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.

2020-2021 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.

Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition - The purposes of the brief writing competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of disability law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.  Application deadline:  June 11, 2021.

American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Writing CompetitionThe competition is open to any student age 21 years or older enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the academic years 2019, 2020, and 2021 of the competition who is a legal resident of the United States.  Application deadline:  July 21, 2021.

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel - Papers may be on any legal topic in the employee benefits field and may be up to 40 pages (including footnotes).  Application deadline:  June 1, 2021.

American Kennel Club Companion Animal Law Writing Contest - Students are asked to choose between two topics: forfeiture of an animal and the legal treatment of animals as property.  Application deadline:  March 31, 2021.

Epstein Becker Green Health Law Writing Competition - 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).  Application deadline: February 26, 2021.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest - Eligible second or third-year law students are welcome to submit original essays on any aspect of family law.  Application deadline:  April 9, 2021.

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 17, 2021.

Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference
- Open to individuals who have accepted a 2021-2022 federal or state appellate court clerkship.  Application deadline: January 31, 2021.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Contest - Open for submissions from Pennsylvania law students on entries covering the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or trade dress. The winning entrant will receive $500 and his/her entry will be published in the section's newsletter.  Application deadline:  June 30, 2021.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Writing Competition - Open to upper level students.  Topic: Why Should Pennsyilvania Focus on Increasing Diversity in the Judiciary?" Application deadline: February 1, 2021.

Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative Student Writing Competition - Essay outlining a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.  Application deadline: January 4, 2021.