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External Writing Competitions by Practice Area/Subject

Many competitions take place annually. Please read the details on each competition carefully on each competition’s website and be sure to check with the contest organizer for specific eligibility requirements.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • November 17, 2014: The Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest
  • November 30, 2014: Victoria Fisher Memorial Essay Contest
  • December 1, 2014: American College of Consumer Financial Service Lawyers Writing Competition
  • January 2, 2015: Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
  • January 15, 2015: College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Writing Competition
  • January 15, 2015: Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
  • January 16, 2015: The American Society of Legal Writers' Law-Review Award Competition
  • January 16, 2015: Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
  • January 20, 2015: Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition
  • January 30, 2015: American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
  • February 1, 2015: American University Human Rights Essay Award
  • February 15, 2015: Animal Law Writing Contest
  • March 2, 2015: American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition
  • March 23, 2015: Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition
  • April 6, 2015: Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
  • May 15, 2015: College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition 
  • July 1, 2015: Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

The Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest 
Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Student Writing Competition
Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition

American Indian Law

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition (The Sovereignty Symposium)

Animal Law

Animals and the Law Writing Competition
Animal Law Writing Contest

Antitrust & Consumer Protection

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Long Paper Competition

Appellate Practice

Eisenberg Prize
James William Moore Federal Practice Award

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

Children and the Law

National Association of Counsel for Children Law Student Essay Competition 

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

American Constitution Society National Student Writing Competition
Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Consumer Financial Services Law

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition

Dispute Resolution

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution

Diversity & the Law

LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition

Employment and Labor Law

College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Writing Competition
Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition

Entertainment Law

Annual Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Environmental Law

Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Ethics & Professionalism

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Family Law

Family Law Writing Competition

Fashion Law

Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition

Federal Jurisdiction

George Hutchinson Writing Competition

Health Care & Life Sciences

American College of Legal Medicine's Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
Annual Assisted Reproduction Technology Law Writing Competition
Health Care and Life Sciences Law Writing Competition
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Sarah Weddington Writing Prize in Reproductive Rights Law

Holocaust and the Law

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award

Information Technology Law

Edward F. Langs Writing Competition

Intellectual Property Law

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition
Hon. William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
Robert C. Watson Award

International Law

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition
American University Human Rights Essay Award
Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
California State Bar International Law Section Writing Competition
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
UIA Jacques Leroy Student Competition

LGBT Issues

Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition

Legal History

CA Supreme Court Historical Society Student Writing Competition

Legal Writing

The American Society of Legal Writers' Law-Review Award Competition
The International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Brown Award

Public Interest Law

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
The Public Law Section 2014 Student Writing Competition

Securities Law

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) Writing Competition
James E. Beckley Writing Competition

Tax Law

Tannenwald Writing Competition

Trusts and Estate Planning

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

Women's Law