Student Legal Writing Competitions - June 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.


Cornelius Vander Broek Essay Contest for Ongoing College Students
The Freedom From Religion Foundation offers five 2024 essay competitions for freethinking students — awarding more than $65,000 in total scholarships. Check the link for current topics and deadlines.

National Sports Law Student Writing Competition
The goal of the National Sports Law Student Writing Competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics in sports law. Check the link for updated topics and deadlines.

A More Perfect Union - Chicago-Kent 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.

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.

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.

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."

Tax Notes Student Writing Competition
"Our annual student writing competition recognizes superior student writing on unsettled questions in tax law or policy."

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor & Employment Lawyers
"Current and relevant topics of labor and employment law."

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."

Funk & Associates Annual Scholarship
$1000 scholarship. "The original essay should be 500-1000 words and should describe how you plan on helping others with your legal career."

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."

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." [2024 Information Forthcoming - Check AAPJ website.]

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."

American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award
"ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to Pharmacy Law with the Simonsmeier Award."

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
"Any topic relating to administrative law."

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Compeition Prize
Papers may be on any topic in the employee benefits field.