Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

iCompeteWriting (ongoing)

iCompeteWriting is a joint project of Suffolk's Legal Practice Skills Program and Suffolk's Moakley Law Library. It is a comprehensive, sortable listing of more than 100 student legal writing competitions, including names, deadlines, award amounts, and other details. Please check out the competitions at


Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Topic:  The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with the proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.

Deadline:  January 2, 2020

Prize:  $10,000 Scholarship


The Center for Alcohol Policy 12th Annual National Essay Contest

Topic: During the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas.  Based on the Court's decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?

Deadline:  January 17, 2020

Prize:  First, second, third place winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively.


Antitrust, Consumer Protection, & Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association Essay Contest

Topic: Why is consumer law important?

Submit a three-page essay (750 words, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins) in a Word document to Radigan Lander. Please put your name on a cover page that can easily be removed. Do not put your name elsewhere.

Professor Paula Selis will select the winner. The papers will be submitted to her with no student names; we will generate and attach randomly assigned numbers to each essay.

The winner will be announced by April 1, 2020. The section will publish the winning essay.

Deadline:  March 2, 2020

Prize:  $500 to one Seattle University School of Law student (The same contest is held separately at Washington state's other law schools.)