Writing Competitions

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: 2017 Constance Motley Baker Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Please see the competition details for a list of suggested topics.
  • Deadline for entry is February 12, 2017.
    • First Place: $3,000
    • Second and Third Place: $1,000

2016-17 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

  • Details
  • Subject: Papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace.
  • Deadline for entry is February 28, 2017.
    • First Place: $3,000
    • Second and Third Place: $1,000

2016-17 Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law or Criminal Procedure

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper pertaining to criminal law or criminal procedure with a focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
  • Deadline for entry is February 28, 2017.
    • Grand Prize: $1,500
    • Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $500

American Bar Association (ABA): 2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Law School Admission Council (LSAC): 2017 Diversity Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on why pipeline programs targeting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession.
  • Deadline for entry is March 31, 2017.
    • Three Grand Prizes (1L, 2L, 3L/4L): $5,000

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

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.

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

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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