Student Legal Writing Competitions - June 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.

A More Perfect Union – Second Annual Racial Justice Writing Competition
As pledged in the 2020 Faculty Antiracism Statement, Chicago-Kent College of Law presents the second annual writing competition to encourage and honor excellent student scholarship on racial justice. The Law Library is excited to be the new sponsor of this writing competition.
Deadline: June 1, 2022. Annual competition.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
"Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics."
Deadline: June 1, 2022. 5 PM Eastern.

Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition
The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of disability law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.
Deadline: June 10, 2022. Annual competition.

American Bar Association James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research that the contestant chooses.
Deadline: June 10, 2022. Annual competition.

H. Thomas Austern Writing Competition
"intended to encourage law students interested in the areas of law affecting FDA-regulated industries: food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, dietary supplements, cosmetics, veterinary, cannabis, or tobacco and nicotine products."
Deadline: June 12, 2023. Annual competition.

Bloomberg Tax Insights Student Writing Competition
The winning entry will be published on Bloomberg Tax and received a free year of BTAX access. Topic should be a fresh point of view that shows a clear understanding of a timely tax policy issue.
Deadline: June 15, 2022. Annual competition.

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor & Employment Lawyers
"current and relevant topics of labor and employment law"
Deadline: June 15, 2023, at midnight (EDT). Annual competition.

ChapmanAlbin Scholarship for Law Students
"Since 2015, ChapmanAlbin has sponsored a yearly $1000 scholarship for incoming and current law students. To apply, a U.S. law student must write a 300-500 word essay on a specific topic and meet a few other criteria for consideration."
Deadline: June 15th, annually

American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Award
"Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June."
Deadline: June 30, 2022. Annual competition.

American Association of Patent Judges (AAPJ) Hon. Frederick E. McKelvey Writing Competition
"Candidates shall submit essays concerning any subject relating to U.S. patent law. The first-place essay will be published in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society (JPTOS) (subject to editorial discretion and review, as explained below) and the author will receive an award and $1,000. The author of the runner-up essay will receive an award and $500."
Deadline: June 30, 2023

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
"Consistent with ACTEC’s purposes, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates."
Deadline: June 30 annually

American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award
"ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to Pharmacy Law with the Simonsmeier Award."
Deadline: June 30, 2023. Annual award.

Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing
"The Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing recognizes superior student writing on unsettled questions in tax law or policy. It is named in honor of the late Christopher E. Bergin, former president and publisher of Tax Analysts and longtime editor of Tax Notes Federal. The award, given annually, epitomizes the qualities that Chris championed."
Deadline: June 30, 2023. Annual competition.

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
"any topic relating to administrative law"
Deadline: June 30, 2023. 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Annual competition.