​Writing Competitions

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

  • More information on the California Lawyers Association website 
  • Subject: A paper pertaining to criminal law and/or criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. 
  • Deadline for entry is March 2, 2020.
    • Grand Prize: $1,500
    • Honorable Mention (3 prizes): $500 each

The 2020 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

The Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

2020 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Brown Award

  • More information on the Brown Sims website
  • Subject: A paper on any legal subject.
  • Deadline for entry is May 29, 2020.
    • First Place: $10,000
    • Second Place: $5,000
    • Third Place: $3,000
    • Two (2) Finalists: $1,000 each

2020 Francis "Brother" Hare Access to Justice Scholarship

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Sixteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition

The California Supreme Court Historical Society 2020 Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition in California Legal History

The 2020 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Higbee & Associates and the Foundation Continuing Justice 2019-2020 Student Writing Competition

  • More information on the Higbee & Associates website
  • Subject: A paper on one of three topics (see website) relating to continuing justice.
  • Deadline for entry is September 30, 2020.
    • First Place: $2,000
    • Second Place: $1,000
    • Third Place: $300
    • Honorable Mention: $200

National Law Review 2019-2020 Monthly Law Student Writing Competition