National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities


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

The National Law Review 2016 Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to subject articles for publication consideration on the NLR web site. Each month's entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.  Suggested topics include:  Cyber-security issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices; Election 2016 Coverage; Tax issues; Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control; Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws; Minimum Wage, or Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination.  Articles covering current issues related to other areas of hte law may also be submitted.  Applicants can submit unlimited number of articles for consideration.

Due Date:  Entries for current month must be submitted via email to by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time by end of following month.

Trandafir Writing Competition

Topic:  Any contemporary international business or economic concern.

Deadline:  March 3, 2018

The 2018 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Topic:  This year's contest hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising where a U.S.-based IP law firm is asked by an existing client to help secure foreign patents and negotiate licensing contracts while also serving as an official licensor of the products.

Deadline:  March 9, 2018

2017-2018 WSBA Construction Law Section Legal Writing Competition For Washington State Law School Students

(1) In 2015, the Appellate Court of Illinois in The Chicago Housing Authority v. Destefano and Partners, Ltd., 45 N.E. 3d 767, determined that indemnity, breach of contract and negligence claims against a design professional for damages arising out of violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) were pre-empted and thus barred by federal law.  Take a position on whether this decision is a correct statement of federal pre-emption against design professionals (or others involved in the construction industry) and how a court in Washington might respond to the questions raised in this case. or
(2) Take a position on whether City of Seattle Ordinances No. 124690 and No. 125368, Chapter 20.37 Seattle Municipal Code, mandating hiring from historically disadvantaged zip codes, are a legal means of spending public money.

Deadline:  March 16, 2018

2017-2018 WSBA Construction Law Section Legal Writing Competition For Washington State Law School Students

Topics:  Available in the link

Deadline:  March 16, 2018 

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel's Fourteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

Topic:  Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

Deadline:  June 1, 2018

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 25th Annual Brown Award

Topic:  There is no restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

Deadline:  June 1, 2018

35th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

Topic:  The Competition is open to law students and planning students writing on a question of significance of planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.  Students are encouraged to submit relevant research papers and law review or journal notes prepared throughout the academic year.

Deadline:  June 4, 2018

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2016-2017

Topic:  Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.

Deadline:  June 15, 2017

The 2018 Tannewald Writing Competition

Topic:  Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).

Deadline:  July 6,2018