​Writing Competitions

2017-2018 American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.
  • Deadline for entry is January 31, 2018.
    • First Place: $1,000
    • Second Place: $500
    • Third Place: $250

Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award

  • Details
  • Subject: Any subject related to gender violence and international human rights law.
  • Deadline for entry is February 1, 2018.
    • Grand Prize: A full scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

2018 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

  • Details
  • Subject: An essay addressing a specific hypothetical (available on website) involving ethical concerns arising under the Model of Professional Conduct.
  • Deadline for entry is March 9, 2018.
    • Grand Prize: $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC.

Companion Animal Law Writing Contest

  • Details
  • Subject: One of two topics (available on website) related to animal law.
  • Deadline for entry is March 30, 2018.
    • First Place: $2,500
    • Second Place: $500

2017-2018 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, "federalism," or other cross-cutting component.
  • Deadline for entry is April 9, 2018.
    • Grand Prize: $2,000

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any original article addressing a specific topic question (available on website) regarding property rights, economic liberty, environmental law, or free speech.
  • Deadline for entry is May 15, 2018.
    • First Place: $5,000
    • Second Place: $3,000
    • Third Place: $1,000

CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any original, unpublished article on any aspect of California legal history.
  • Deadline for entry is June 30, 2018.
    • First Place: $2,500
    • Second Place: $500
    • Third Place: $250

2018 Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any federal or state tax-related topic.
  • Deadline for entry is July 6, 2018.
    • First Place: $5,000
    • Second Place: $2,500
    • Third Place: $1,500

National Law Review 2017 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.