Student Legal Writing Competitions - February 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.

Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s Annual Rule of Law Competition
Deadline: Feb 1, 2023

International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award
"trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks."
Deadline: February 1, 2023

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Eisenberg Prize
"[R]ecognize[s] the publication of high-quality articles in the field of appellate practice and procedure." "To be considered for the Eisenberg Prize, articles must have been published in a law school journal" during the allotted timeframe. 
Deadline: February 4, 2023

Annual McGill Law Graduate Conference
"The GLSA of McGill University’s Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the 16th edition of the annual McGill Graduate Law Conference inspired by the movie Pride and Prejudice (2005), adapted from Jane Austen’s masterpiece. The conference,
entitled “Law and Prejudice”, will take place on the 4th and 5th of May 2023 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The conference will be hybrid, i.e., it will host both online and in-person activities. More details on the format will be announced by March 2023."
Deadline to submit abstracts: February 5, 2023 11:59 PM EST

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 12, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
"Submissions should be focused on American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed."
Deadline: Sunday February 12, 2023 at 11:59 PM (in your local time zone).

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
"Since 1998, the ABA's Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability has hosted an essay contest for law students and young lawyers encouraging scholarship and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance, and loss prevention. The Committee's essay contest has long been sponsored by the San Francisco law firm Long & Levit, LLP."
Deadline: February 15, 2023

The Hofstra Law and AFCC Family Law Writing Competition
"The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics."
Deadline: Entry forms February 1, 2023. Article submissions must be received by February 15, 2023.

UniCourt Legal Research & Writing Competition
"Entrants must summarize the complaint of a federal U.S. District Court court case falling within one of the following five practice areas: (1) Antitrust, (2) Privacy & Cybersecurity, (3) Intellectual Property, (4) Securities & White Collar Defense, or (5) Cryptocurrency & Blockchain."
Deadline: February 19, 2023

Willis R. Tribler Law Student Writing Competition
Recent decision and/or trend in a specific practice area, as well as how that decision might impact Illinois attorneys. 
Deadline February 28, 2022.

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 29, 2024

National Law Review 2021-2022 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.