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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. 

Criminal Justice Reform Writing Competition

Title: The Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Topic: Criminal Justice Reform
Sponsor: The Academy for Justice and Arizona State Law Journal
Description:

This national writing competition seeks to promote legal scholarship centering on criminal justice reform. Applicants may write on any topic related to criminal justice reform.

Prize: First Place: $1,000 and the article will be considered for publication in the Online Arizona State Law Journal.
Contact and Submission Info: AJ.ASLJ.crimlawwritingcomp@gmail.com 
Competition URL: http://arizonastatelawjournal.org/national-writing-competition/

 

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/

 

K. William Kolbe Writing Competition

Title: American Bar Association Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section K. William Kolbe Writing Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Topic: Papers should address a current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
Sponsor: American Bar Association, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
Description: The Section covers specific industries that provide certain important, in some cases, essential, services to the general public. Many of the industries covered by the Section have been or currently regulated as public utilities. The Section is organized into industry committees and practice committees that relate to areas of legal specialty (e.g. antitrust, labor, taxation and accounting) as they apply to those industries. These committees are identified on the Section's website. The Section will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords a great degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas, but in any event the decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest or significance, not state-specific issues. 
Prize: 1st place: $2,500 cash, a free membership in the Section for one (1) year after admission to the bar, and coach-seat airfare and standard hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall 2020 Council Group Meeting.
Contact & Submission info: infrastructure@americanbar.org or susan.koz@americanbar.org
Competition URL: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/infrastructure-regulated-industries/writing-competition-rules.pdf