Student Legal Writing Competitions - May 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.


Weisblatt Law Firm, LLC Scholarship
Deadline: May 3, 2021. Annual competition

Michael Greenberg Writing Competition
This competition is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting LGBTQ+ persons. The winning article is considered for publication each year in the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality: A Review of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Law.
Deadline: May 14, 2021, at 5 p.m. Eastern


Mary Rose Strubbe Labor & Employment Writing Prize Flier
Deadline May 14, 2021

American Association for Justice Law Student Scholarships
"AAJ has four scholarships available for qualified law students: Richard D. Hailey Scholarship ($5,000), Trial Advocacy Scholarship ($3,000), Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship ($2,500), and Mike Eidson Scholarship ($5,000). The 2021 Scholarship season will begin in February 2021."
Deadline: May 1, 2021.

American Association of Law Libraries/LexisNexis Call for Papers
"Papers, which may be submitted by active or retired AALL members, or by students in library, information management or law school, may address any subject relevant to law librarianship."
Deadline: "To be eligible for an award in the Student Division, papers and all required supporting documents must be received by May 14, 2021."

Annual IDEA Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition
"the paper must focus on intellectual property law"
Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021. Annual competition.

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Annual Brown Award
"The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools."
Deadline: postmarked no later than May 28, 2021. Annual competition.

American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 29, 2021

Jan Jancin Competition
"The Jan Jancin Awards are merit-based scholarship awards that recognize rising second and third year law students from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented racial or ethnic minorities, who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career as an IP lawyer, and who have engaged in activities reflecting that interest."
Deadline: May 29, 2021. Annual competition.

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.

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
"any topic relating to administrative law"
Deadline: May 31, 2021. 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Annual competition.

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Energy Law Writing Competition
"Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to energy law. Submissions may
advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases. The decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Constitutional Law
"The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the practice of environmental law and raise awareness of and foster dialogue regarding federal and state constitutional issues related to the practice of environmental law. Examples of these issues include standing, preemption, takings, the separation of powers, and all constitutional issues related to the prosecution of environmental crimes."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Endangered Species
"The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to endangered species, wildlife, and natural resources legal practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these areas."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Environmental Transactions and Brownfields / Superfund and Natural Resources Damages Litigation
"The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the practice of environmental transactions and brownfields law and Superfund and natural resources damages litigation, raise awareness of and foster dialogue regarding issues in these practice
areas, and encourage scholarship in these fields"
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: International Environmental and Resources Law
"The goal of the Competition is to
encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the practice of international environmental and resources law, raise awareness of and foster dialogue regarding issues in these practice areas, and encourage scholarship in these fields."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Forest Law
"The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to raise awareness of and foster dialogue regarding legal issues related to both private and public forest lands and encourage scholarship in these fields."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Public Land and Resources
"The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the practice of public land and resources law, raise awareness of and foster dialogue regarding public land and resources issues, and encourage scholarship in this field."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Waste and Resource Recovery
"The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the practice of waste and resource recovery law, raise awareness of and foster dialogue regarding issues in these practice areas, and encourage scholarship in these fields."
Deadline: May 31, 2021

Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section Student Writing Competition
"Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law."
Deadline: May 31, 2021.

Georgetown Law Technology Review Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2021.