National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities


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 National Law Review 2016 Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to subject articles for publication consideration on the NLR web site. Each month's entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.  Suggested topics include:  Cyber-security issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices; Election 2016 Coverage; Tax issues; Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control; Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws; Minimum Wage, or Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination.  Articles covering current issues related to other areas of hte law may also be submitted.  Applicants can submit unlimited number of articles for consideration.

Due Date:  Entries for current month must be submitted via email to by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time by end of following month.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Topic:  All topic(s) regarding legal ethics

Deadline:  April 27,  2018

The Sovereignty Symposium XXXI Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

Topic:  The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

Deadline:  May 1, 2018

The Sovereignty Symposium XXXI:  Hargrave Prize

Topic:  Any issue concerning Native American Law

Deadline:  May 1, 2018

The Sovereignty Symposium XXXI Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship Contest

Topic:  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and contribution to Native American legal issues by an application letter.

Deadline:  May 1, 2018

American Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Group Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  Seeking original law student writing on any topic associated with class action jurisprudence on the state or federal level.  Papers may focus on legal analysis, policy, normative considerations, procedural concerns, or any other subject associated with the law of class actions.

Deadline:  May 25, 2018

Ed Edmondson Scholarship Applications

Topic:  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application.

Deadline:  May 31, 2018

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel's Fourteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

Topic:  Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

Deadline:  June 1, 2018

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 25th Annual Brown Award

Topic:  There is no restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

Deadline:  June 1, 2018

35th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

Topic:  The Competition is open to law students and planning students writing on a question of significance of planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.  Students are encouraged to submit relevant research papers and law review or journal notes prepared throughout the academic year.

Deadline:  June 4, 2018

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2016-2017

Topic:  Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.

Deadline:  June 15, 2017

2018 Chicago-Kent College o Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Topic:  A scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

Deadline:  July 1, 2018

Warren E. Burger Prize

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

Deadline:  July 1, 2018

The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition

Topic:  AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.

Deadline:  July 1, 2018

The 2018 Tannewald Writing Competition

Topic:  Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).

Deadline:  July 6,2018