Student Legal Writing Competitions - April 2024

The following are writing competitions to which law students may be eligible to submit their writings. For future writing competition deadlines and competitions by subject, see the Library’s Student Legal Writing Competitions Guide.


Sidney B. Williams, Jr Scholar Program
"For nearly two decades, the Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program has provided financial support for students who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and who are exploring a career in IP law. Today, this program offers expanded support for STEM-educated individuals in efforts to secure a legal education and prepare for a career in patent law. It now offers counseling support, internship and clerkship assistance, and assistance securing membership in the patent bar. Scholars engage with experts and leaders in the patent law field during the law school admissions process and throughout their law school experience."

The Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Writing Competition (ABA)
"Are you a law student or LLM candidate currently attending an ABA-accredited law school? Do you have an interest in admiralty and maritime law? If so, this writing competition is for you! Submit a 20-page paper addressing a recent development in admiralty and maritime law."

Hutchinson Writing Contest
"Papers must deal with a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit."

American Bar Association Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
"The purpose of the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest is to create greater interest in the field of family law among all law students, and particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association."

NWSBA Hon. Timothy C. Evans Scholarship


Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Administered by Public Citizen. 

The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
"The Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to announce the Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country."