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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. 

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.

Fitch Scholarship for Students

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019


Current Law Students: Scholarship for $1500.00

Future Law Students (2019-20): Scholarship for $1,000.00

Fitch Law Partners LLP will award a scholarship to a current law school student and an undergraduate student with aspirations of going to law school.  The goal of these scholarships is to help a lawyer of tomorrow with the financial cost of higher education.  All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for the 2019-2020 school year at an undergraduate college, have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and have aspirations to attend law school.

Please write a 500 word minimum essay answering one of the questions below.  Also, include an explanation of 100 words or less about why you want this scholarship.

Essay Topics:

  1. What book or author has had the biggest impact on changing the way that you think and your aspirations as a lawyer?
  2. Please describe how any lawyer or judge has particularly inspired you?
  3. What obstacles have you overcome in your life and how have those experiences influenced your aspirations for a legal career?

Visit for submission information.

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019

Prize: $1,800 cash prize 

Each year, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition. 


Any contemporary international business or economic concern.  Recent winning submissions have included such topics as recommendations the United States should follow to update its privacy laws to harmonize with international general data protection regulation commitments, why international labor organizations should adopt fair trade as an enforcement mechanism to end labor violations, and why the United States Treasury should wait for Congress to end corporate tax sheltering tactics.

See for submission requirements and additional competition rules.

Scribes Law-Review Award

Submission Deadline: February 2019

**email for an application and more details**

Since 1987, Scribes has presented an annual award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal.  The Scribes Law-Review Award is presented at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Law Reviews, which is usually held in March or April.

For more information, visit:

Annual Rule of Law Competition

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019

Prize: $2,500

Historically, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Bar Foundation and have been closely tied to Rule of Law issues.  The Beverly Hills Bar Foundation's 10th Annual Rule of Law Competition will culminate at the Bar's 65th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon in June, 2019.

This competition encourages law students to integrate Rule of Law concepts into their writings.  Papers may be on any topic either directly discussing an aspect of the Rule of Law, demonstrating how the Rule of Law affected the topic, defining the Rule of Law, criticizing the Rule of Law, or demonstrating the economic social or political effects of the Rule of Law.

For more information, rules, and submission information, visit:

ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: April 8, 2019

Prize: $2,000 cash, publication in ELI's flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

ELI invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.

Topic:  Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, "federalism," or other cross-cutting component.

For more information on submission guidelines, sample topics, and requirements, visit:

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019*

*request your entry number by April 12, 2019


First place: $1,500

Second place: $750

Third place: $350

The subject may be any aspect of family law.  The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law.  Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony, attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues.

Essays should be limited to approximately 5,000 words.

For more information regarding this competition, visit:

Tannenwald Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: July 8, 2019


First: $5,000

Second: $2,500

Third: $1,500

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his decision to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to full or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

Visit for more information on requirements and submissions.

Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2019

Prize:  Winning entries are published in one of Tax Analysts' weekly magazines and will be eligible to receive a 12-month subscription to Tax Analysts' daily and weekly products.  Winners' names and schools will be prominently featured on the Tax Notes website.

The Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing recognzies superior student writing on unsettled questions in tax law or policy.  It is named in honor of the late Christopher E. Bergin, former president and publisher of Tax Analysts and longtime editor of Tax Notes.  The award, given annually, epitomizes the qualities that Chris championed.

Topic: Submissions should focus on an unsettled question in federal, state, or international tax law or policy.

For more information, visit:

Epstein Becker & Green Health Law Writing Competition

Submission Deadline:  January 25, 2019


First Place: $4,000

Second Place: $2,000

Third Place: $500

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Health Law Writing Competition.  The competition is designed to encourage JD and LLM students in the preparation of scholarly papers on current topic of interest relating to health law.  Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law.

Topic: Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials, telehelath/telemedicine).

For more information on submissions and requirements, see flyer attached below and visit: