Student Legal Writing Competitions - February 2022

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.

Trandafir Writing Competition
"contemporary international business or economic concern"
Deadline: February 1, 2021

University of Pennsylvania Law Review Annual Public Interest Essay Competition
"Submissions must focus on a specific legal issue within the realm of public interest law, including any issue relating to social justice or advancing the general welfare and good of the public. In addition, the author must include a brief grant proposal for $5,000 to support public interest work related to the essay topic. We encourage topics that are national in breadth or impact, rather than state-limited, but this is not required."
Deadline: February 1, 2021. Annual

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
"The American Constitution Society welcomes all papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy."
Deadline: February 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

"The SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize is an essay prize, jointly established by the Society of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and Oxford University Press, to award the best essay submitted on any topic in the field of international economic law."
Deadline: 19 February 2021.

American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition
"Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples."
Deadline: February 28, 2022

National Law Review 2020-2021 Law Student Writing Competition
"straightforward and practical, containing useful information of interest to legal and business professionals" Suggested Topics:

  • Election Law and Access to Voting
  • President Trump and current administration
  • Tax Issues
  • Immigration enforcement and policy
  • Federal Court issues: process of adding additional justices to the US Supreme Court/Federal Circuit
  • Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Deadline: 5:00 pm Central Standard Time by the last day of the month.

Center for Legal & Court Technology Annual Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition
"Innovative Legal Issues Likely to Arise from Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things"
"We encourage students from diverse backgrounds to participate!"
Deadline: December - February, annually

New York Intellectual Property Law Association Honorable William Conner Writing Competition
"An entry must be directed to any of the following subject areas related to intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, antitrust, and data security/privacy issues.
Deadline: February 28, 2021.