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.

2017 WA Law School Writing Contest

Topic:  Achieving Reduction of our Cabron Footprint:  An Action Plan for Washington State Business

Due Date:  Monday, November 6, 2017

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.

Securites Law Writing Competition

Topic:  Any subject in the field of securities law

Deadline:  Friday, November 10, 2017

10th Annual Essay Contest - Center for Alcohol Policy

Topic:  The Supreme Court has recognized "temperance" as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation.  Define temperance as it would apply in today's alcohol marketplace.  Is it still relevant today?  Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

Deadline:  December 1, 2017

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

Topics:  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.

Deadline:  January 31, 2018