Student Legal Writing Competitions - July 2023

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.

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
2023 Topic: By reversing Roe v. Wade (1973), the Supreme Court of the United States in Dobbs v. Jackson (2022) opened the door for states to initiate criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to women obtaining abortions. What role do federal Constitution rights, such as the Fourth Amendment, as well as parallel state constitutional protections, play in protecting access to potential evidence? For example, this could include potential sources of evidence such as location data, online searches, data from health apps, travel information, information relating to physicians or medication, and/or other communication records and methods of inquiry, among others. How will this potential evidence intersect with other constitutional rights?
Deadline: July 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm (CST). Annual competition.

Catherine Albiston Prize for Recent Developments on Gender, Law & Justice
UC Berkeley School of Law's Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (BGLJ) is soliciting student writing for the Catherine Albiston Prize for Recent Developments in Gender, Law & Justice. Submissions should meet BGLJ's mandate: to publish feminist legal scholarship that critically examines the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.
Deadline: July 1, 2022. Annual competition.

Cornelius Vander Broek Essay Contest for Graduate/"Older" Students (to Age 30)
Please analyze and document at least one major national or worldwide problem in which religion is the problem - not the answer. How does faith or religious dogma get in the way of solving earthly problems? If religion is not the answer, what is? Indicate instead how we should approach the challenge you are analyzing in particular and problem-solving in general.
Deadline: July 1, 2022 at 11:59pm. Annual competition.

The Warren E. Burger Prize
"The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence."
Deadline: July 1, annually.

New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law: Student Writing Competition
Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates), are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law, an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.
Deadline: July 7, 2023. Annual competition.

Tannenwald Writing Competition
"Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules."
Deadline: July 10, 2022 at 9:00pm EDT. Annual competition.

Lolly Gasaway Faculty-Student Writing Award
"Submissions must be journal articles authored by at least one student and one faculty member of a member school."
Deadline: July 31, 2023