Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

iCompeteWriting (ongoing)

iCompeteWriting is a joint project of Suffolk's Legal Practice Skills Program and Suffolk's Moakley Law Library. It is a comprehensive, sortable listing of more than 100 student legal writing competitions, including names, deadlines, award amounts, and other details. Please check out the competitions at

The Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition

Topic:  This national writing competition seeks to promote legal scholarship centering on criminal justice reform.
Deadline:  April 15, 2020

2020 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Topic:  Essday on any legal ethics topic

Deadline:  April 24, 2020

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Brown Award

Topic:  Must be on a legal subject matter.
Deadline:  May 29, 2020

2020 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Topic:  Authors should address one or more aspects of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.

Deadline:  July 1, 2020