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

Marshall M. Schulman 2020-2021 Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

Topic: The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. The paper should be original and scholarly.  It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author's opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies. It need not be a law review "note" - style document.

Download: Marshall M. Schulman 2020-2021 Competition (PDF)

Deadline: April 2, 2021

The Warren E. Burger Prize

Topic: Submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.

Website: The Warren E. Burger Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2021

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2021

Topic:  Must be relevant, engaging and useful to labor and employment lawyers in their practices.

Deadline:  August 15, 2021