Writing Competitions

The 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

  • Details
  • Topic: What does the Trump presidency mean for access to justice?
  • Deadline for entry is April 28, 2017.
    • Grand Prize: $5,000

American Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Group Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Topic: Any topic associated with class action jurisprudence on the state or federal level.
  • Deadline for entry is April 30, 2017.
    • First Place: $2,000
    • Second Place: $2,000
    • Third Place: $500

Future Legal Leaders Scholarship 

  • Details
  • Subject: How your future work in the legal profession can service your community.
  • Deadline for entry is May 5, 2017.

The Public Law Section: 2017 Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on a topic related to public law. 
  • Deadline for entry is May 15, 2017.
    • Grand Prize: $2,000

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): 2017 Legal Writing Contest

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper covering an area of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense of civil litigation.
  • Deadline for entry is May 19, 2017.
    • First Place: $2,000
    • Second Place: $1,000
    • Third Place: $500
    • Honorable Mention: Plaque

Canadian American Bar Association (CABA): 2017 Student Essay Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: See competition details for essay theme requirements. 
  • Deadline for entry is May 31, 2017.
    • Grand Prize: $500

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel: Thirteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper dealing with an employee benefit topic. 
  • Deadline for entry is June 1, 2017.
    • Two cash prizes: $1,500 each

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law: 2016-17 Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper relevant to U.S. labor and employment law.
  • Deadline for entry is June 15, 2017. 
    • First Place: $3,000
    • Second Place: $1,000
    • Third Place: $500

The California Supreme Court Historical Society: 2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on any aspect of California legal history. 
  • Deadline for entry is June 30, 2017. 
    • First Place: $2,500
    • Second Place $500
    • Third Place: $250

Federal Circuit Bar Association 2017 George Hutchinson Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction to the Court.
  • Deadline for entry is July 1, 2017.
    • Grand Prize: $3,000

National Law Review 2016 Monthly Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Please see competition details for list of suggested topics.
  • Deadline for entry is the last day of each month.

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