​Writing Competitions

2018-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

  • More information on the ELI website
  • 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 8, 2019.
    • Award: $2,000

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

The California Lawyers Association Public Law Section Student Writing Competition

2019 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 15th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

  • More information on the ACEBC website
  • Subject: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
  • Deadline for entry is June 3, 2019.
    • Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500
    • Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 26th Annual Brown Award

  • More information on the Brown Sims website
  • Subject: Any current legal writing article on a legal subject.
  • Deadline for entry is June 3, 2019.
    • First Place: $10,000
    • Second Place: $5,000
    • Third Place: $3,000
    • Finalists (2): $1,000 

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2018-2019

The California Supreme Court Historical Society 2019 Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition

Lodlois 2019 Scholarship

  • More information on the Lodlois website
  • Subject: A 700+ word essay on the topic of "Online Product Reviews: Why Both Consumers and Businesses Need Them."
  • Deadline for entry is June 30, 2019.
    • First Place: $1,000
    • Second Place: $250

2019 Robert C. Watson Writing Competition

  • More information on the AIPLA website
  • Subject: Any intellectual property law-related topic.
  • Deadline for entry is July 1, 2019.
    • First Place: Expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (October 24-26)

The 2019 Warren E. Burger Prize

  • More information on the AIPLA website
  • Subject: Any topic addressing the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Deadline for entry is July 1, 2019.
    • First Place: $5,000 and publication in South Carolina Law Review

2019 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

  • More information on the Kent Law website
  • Subject: Any topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
  • Deadline for entry is July 1, 2019.
    • First Place: $10,000

The 2019 Tannenwald Writing Competition

National Law Review 2018-2019 Monthly Law Student Writing Competition