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Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions for law students and legal scholars.

Writing competitions are a great way to showcase your work and hone your writing skills. They also are a good way to make money! 

Students who enter writing competitions can submit their papers to Digital Commons @WCL, the law school's institutional repository. 

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

Title: Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Deadline: February 9, 2020
Topic: Furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.
Sponsor: American Constitution Society and the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Description: Examples of possible topics include: census report, civil legal aid, civil liberties, constitutional convention, consumer rights, criminal justice, disability rights, freedom of speech, immigration, indigent defense, money in politics (including judicial elections), labor law, LGBTQ+ rights, privacy, protection of health, safety, and the environment, racial equality, religion, role of state attorneys general, second amendment and guns, separation of powers and federalism, women’s reproductive rights and reproductive freedom, voting and political process, and whistleblower protection
Prize:

The winning paper author will be awarded $3,000 and each of the runners-up will receive $1,000. The winning authors of the top 3 papers will be featured during the 2020 ACS National Convention and on ACS’s website and social media platforms. The top paper also receives an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. 

Contact and Submission info: writing_competition@acslaw.org
Competition URL: https://www.acslaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2020-CBM-Competition-Theme-Submission-Requirements.pdf

 

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Writing Competition

Title: 2019-2020 Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Writing Competition for Young Lawyers
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Topic: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Law
Sponsor: American Bar Association 
Description:

Calling all law students and new attorney authors! You are invited to submit your original article, comment or note on data privacy and cybersecurity law to The American Bar Association ("ABA”) Antitrust Law Section’s 2019-2020 Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Writing Competition for Young Lawyers (the “Contest”). The Contest is seeking original, un-published submissions from law students or lawyers in their first 5 years of legal practice on the topic of data privacy and cybersecurity law.

Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000, and an invitation to attend the ABA Antitrust Law Section Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, DC in April 2020, including transportation and accommodation (not to exceed $1600 USD for a recipient residing outside the Washington DC area). The winning work, along with a biography of the winning student or young lawyer, will be published by the ABA.
Contact and Submission info: tiffany.goldston@americanbar.org
Competition URL: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/2020-cybersecurity-award/

 

2020 Insurance Law Writing Competition

Title: 2020 Insurance Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Students who plan to participate should notify the American College of Coverage Counsel of their intention to do so by January 10, 2020. Final Submissions are due March 13, 2020
Sponsor: The American College of Coverage Counsel
Description: This year's writing competition asks students to advise either the policyholder or insurer with respect to practical and legal questions arising out of law suits and coverage disputes that might have arisen in the aftermath of the murder-suicide that marks the conclusion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Students will be judged on the creativity of their proposed solutions and the quality of their writing and analysis.
Prize:

Invitation to attend an all travel expenses paid trip to the College's Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 6-8, 2020.

1st Place Cash Prize: $2,000, 2nd Place Cash Prize: $1,500, 3rd Place Cash Prize: $1,000

Contact and Submission Info: carol@americancollegecoverage.org
Competition URL: https://coverage.memberclicks.net/assets/LawStudentPracticum/ACCC_2020LawStudentPracticalSkillsCompetition_FactPattern_Final_20191021.pdf

 

AUWCL National Writing Competition

Title: AUWCL National Health Law Writing Competition
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Topic: Health law and/or food and drug law
Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law
Description: Current (academic school year 2019-2020) 2L, 3L, and 4L (evening/part-time) JD and LLM students enrolled in a U.S. law school at the time of paper submission are eligible to participate. [Please note that for those law students who are graduating in December 2019, your paper will only be eligible if you submit it in the portal prior to your December graduation date.]
Prize: Parver Prize: $1,500 Jacob Prize: $1,000
Contact and Submission info: scielzo@wcl.american.edu
Competition URL: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/health/competition/

 

Patent Progress Writing Competition

Title: Patent Progress Writing Competition 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
Topic: For the inaugural competition, CCIA is soliciting scholarship focused on issues in patent law and policy arising from the general trend towards more complex multi-component products.
Sponsor: The Computer and Communications Industry Association
Description: CCIA's "Patent Progress" is conducting its inaugural patent law writing competition this year, open to law students. The subject prompt is the impact of the trend towards complex multi-component products on patent law.
Prize:

First Place: $1,000 cash

The winner, as well as authors of an additional set of selected papers, may be provided with the opportunity to present a shortened version of their paper on Patent Progress.

Competition URL: http://www.patentprogress.org/writingcompetition2020/

 

Technology Review Writing Competition

Title Technology Review Writing Competiton
Deadline May 31, 2020
Topic Entrants are invited to submit papers exploring the ways in which emerging technologies and services interact with or challenge existing civil rights and consumer protection laws. 
Sponsor Georgetown Law
Prize 1st Place: $4,000; 2nd Place: $2,000; 3rd Place: $1,000
Contact and Submission Info TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu
Competition URL https://www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition

 

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition

Title: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2020
Topic: Labor and Employment Law
Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Association
Description: The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. 
Prize:

1st Place: $3,000 and possible publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

Contact and Submission info: swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org
Competition URL: https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/AME_COL_WRITING_COMPETITION_ANNOUNCMENT_AND_RULES_2020.pdf

 

ACTEC Writing Competition

Title: Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Topic: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined
Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Description:

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) announces the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2020 Student Writing Competition. This competition was created by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, which consists of law school professors who teach in the area of trusts and estates and practitioners who teach as adjuncts in the trusts and estates field. The competition honors the late Mary Moers Wenig, a member of ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, who was a law school professor for over 30 years.

Prize:

1st Place: A full tuition scholarship to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law for the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 academic year (candidates must apply and be admitted as full-time students to be considered for the scholarship), $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal

2nd Place: $3,000, online publication on the ACTEC Foundation's website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal. 

3rd Place: $1,000, online publication on the ACTEC Foundation's website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

Contact and Submission info: amy.michaud@actec.org
Competition URL: https://actecfoundation.org/resources-for-law-students/law-student-writing-competition/