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Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions for law students and legal scholars.

Writing competitions are a wonderful way to showcase your work and good tests for your writing skills. They also are a great way to make money. 

Students who enter writing competitions can submit their papers to the WCL Institutional Repository. 

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018

Prizes: $5,00 for a book submission

$3,500 for articles, reviews, or book chapters

$1,500 for student work

AND a certificate, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the ABA.

Eligible entires must discuss some aspect of U.S. consumer financial services law.  Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, bankruptcy, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on U.S. consumer financial services.

Email submissions to: Elizabeth C Yen and Jean Hechhaus ( and

Elizabeth C. Yen, Esquire

Writing Competition Chair

Hudson Cook, LLP

Tel 203-776-1911


For more information, visit:

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: December 18, 2018


First place: $2,000

Second place: $1,000

All current law students are cordially invited to submit one paper which must:

  • Set forth the likely issue;
  • Explain why it likely will arise and to what degree; and
  • Analyze the probability that it can be readily resolved by application of existing law.

A submission is not required to contain a proposed solution to the issue; however, any plausible and well-articulated solutions put forward are likely to impress the judges!

For more information, visit:

For submission information and more details, please check out the attached flyer.

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest

Submission Deadline: December 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST


First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $2,500

Third Place: $1,000

The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 11th Annual National Essay Contest.  The topic for this year's contest is:

The licensing of individual's and businesses that are involved in teh commerce of alcoholic beverages is an important feature of state-based alcohol regulation.  Why is licensing necessary for an orderly marketplace, what impact does it have on public health and safety and what are the benefits provided by licensing systems?

Expert Institute's Legal Blog Writing Contest

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018


First Place: $2,000, a blog publication, newsletter circulation, email announcement

Second Place: blog publication

Third Place: blog publication

Clear, effective writing is the cornerstone of an exceptional lawyer, and a vital area of education for aspiring attorneys.  While traditional forms of legal writing like case briefs and contracts endure, the internet has given legal professionals a new medium of communication that demands mastery as well.  Blog posts are a new way for attorneys to educate and persuade, and to participate in a broader legal discourse with their peers.  The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.  To be considered, you must submit a 1,500 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal.

For additional parameters regarding submission requirements, visit:

IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: December 7, 2018

Prizes: $2,500 and an invitation to attend the upcoming Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference and Law School Symposium, expenses paid.

The general subject for this year's competition is any topic related to energy development.  This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.  The article should not exceed 8,000 words including footnotes (this approximates 40 double-spaced pages of text and footnotes or 25 printed pages).  Footnotes should be in Blue Book format and placed at the bottom of the page where the footnoted text appears.  The article should be submitted in pdf format accompanied by a cover email message that contains the following information:  (1) your name; (2) the title of your article; (3) the law school where you are currently enrolled; (4) your year at law school; (5) your mailing address; (6) your telephone number; and (7) your email address.

Submit articles to:

Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee

ATTN: Jay Ray

Institute for Energy Law


For more submission and guideline information, visit:

The Reeves Law Group Scholarship

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018

Prize: $3,000 scholarship

Reeves Law Group specializes in representing victims of accidents and other tragic circumstances.  As lawyers, we feel fortunate to be advocates for those who have no voice in our complex justice system.  Helping people in need by providing them with our resources is one of our greatest rewards.

America has a superb justice system, but it could use more exceptional individuals with passion for improving the conditions of the less fortunate through the legal system.  For our Sixth Annual Scholarship Contest we are again pleased to support a future lawyer who demonstrates through past, current, and expected future deeds a genuine commitment to serve the less-fortunate.

If you want to be a participant in our contest, tell us about such deeds.  We would like to know about contributions you may have made or are currently making to help, for example, a non-profit institution, a specific group, your local community, or the public at large.  Tell us also how you intend to use your legal training to advance those goals.


We would like you to tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you.  Then, please provide your entry in 750-1000 words in the form of an essay, or Prezi/Powerpoint presentation.  Graphic and creative presentations are welcome.

Please send your submissions to: 

For more information on submission requirements and substantive guidelines, visit:

ABA Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

Prize: $2,500

The goal of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition is to encourage and reward law student writings on antitrust law and competition law subjects of general and current interest.


Entrants must submit an original article, which has already been published or which is scheduled to be published no later than March 31, 2019, on a current topic dealing with antitrust or consumer protection law. The Selection Committee will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas. Entrants are encouraged to submit subjects of national interest

For additional submission requirements and competition requirements please visit, and see the flyer below.

Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

Submission Deadline: January 23, 2019


One (1) $3,000 and publication

Two (2) $1,000 and publication

The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner at Jackson Lewis LLP.

Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

For more information on substantive and submission requirements, visit and the flyer attached below.


Submission Deadline: February 15, 2019

Prize:  £200 and £400 of Oxford University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the Journal of International Economic Law.  The winner will receive free entry to teh Graduate Institute/IIEL Annual Conference on WTO Law, and where circumstances permit,  he/she will be also given the opportunity to present on a Panel or poster presentation at the conference.  The winning essay will be submitted to the Journal of International Economic Law for publication, subject to the standard review and decision procedures.

The Society of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and Oxford University Press have jointly established the SIEL/JIEL/OUP Essay Prize to award the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law.

Visit for more information on submissions.

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: March 18, 2019


First Place: $2,000

Second Place: $1,250

Third Place: $750

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) is pleased to invite students to participate in its  Eleventh Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition.  We invite papers current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy cases or proceedings.  The paper may address business or consumer cases & may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.

Visit for competition rules and submission requirements.