National 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

2018-2019 WSBA Construction Law Section Legal Writing Competition For Washington State Law School Students

Topic:  The written submission must address the following topic:  Consequential damage waivers are common provisions in construction contracts.  In the past 50 years, our Supreme Court has provided very little guidance as to what constitutes "consequential damages."  Therefore, based on guidance from other jurisdictions, and existing case law in our state, what are "consequential damages" and/or what are the key elements of recovering "consequential damages" in construction law cases in Washington?

Prize:  $2,500

Deadline:  April 10, 2019

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Topic:  Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics

Prize:  $2,500

Deadline:  April 26, 2019

The 2019 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Topic:  Essay submissions are sought on the topic "Legal Strategies to Address Gun Violence."

Prize:  $5,000

Deadline:  April 30, 2019

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Topic:  There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except tat the writing must be on a legal subject.  Papers that have been submitted to a law review for publication are eligible, but the submission must be of the paper in its form before itw as edited by anyone other than the author.

Prize:  $10,o00 First Prize; $5,000 Second Prize; $3,000 Third Prize; $1,000 Finalist

Deadline:  June 3, 2019

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 15th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

Topic:  Any topic in the field of employee benefits law

Prize:  $1,500

Deadline:  June 3, 2019

2019 Matsui Writing Competition

Topic:  Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.

Prize:  $6,000

Deadline:  July 1, 2019

2019 Tannewald Writing Competition

Topic:  Papers onany federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules.

Deadline:  July 8, 2019