​Writing Competitions

The 2021-2022 American Indian Law Review (AILR) National Writing Competition

  • More information on the AILR website
  • Subject: An paper on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.
  • Deadline for entry is February 28, 2022.
    • First Place: $1,500
    • Second Place: $750
    • Third Place: $400

The American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Animal Law Writing Contest

  • More information on the AKC website
  • Subject: An paper on one of two topics: the impact of "lawyers for dogs" laws on animal cruelty cases, or the constitutionality of mandatory spay/neuter laws.
  • Deadline for entry is April 1, 2022.
    • First Place: $2,500
    • Second Place: $500

Marshall M. Schulman Criminal Law Student Writing Competition

  • More information on the California Lawyers Association website
  • Subject: A paper pertaining to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
  • Deadline for entry is April 15, 2022.
    • First Place: $1,500
    • Honorable Mentions (3): $500

The 2022 Hogan/Smoger Law Student Essay Contest

  • More information on the competition flyer
  • Subject: Original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of legal history that deals significantly with California.
  • Deadline for entry is June 30, 2022.
    • First Place: $2,500
    • Second Place: $500
    • Third Place: $250

The CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition in California Legal History 

National Law Review 2021-2022 Monthly Law Student Writing Competition