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Legal Writing Competitions for Law Students

Legal writing competitions are a great way for students to hone their writing skills, earn recognition, and often win cash prizes. This page provides links to writing competitions for law students. Details and submission criteria for most of the competitions can be found on each organization’s website. For additional information or assistance, please see Professor Grace H. Barry, Director or your legal writing professor.

Submissions Due January 2021

  1. The Ladas Memorial Award Competition
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  2. Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Competition (Due January 8th)
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Submissions Due February 2021

  1. The Hofstra Law and AFCC Family Law Writing Competition (Due February 15th)
    Read Competition Announcement and Rules
  2. American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition (Due February 26th)
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  3. UK Centre for Animal Law National Essay Competition (Due February 26th)
    Read Competition Announcements and Rules
  4. Health Law Writing Competition by Epstein Becker Green (Due February 26th)
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  5. Robert Pitofsky Writing Competition (Extended Deadline February 26th)
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Submissions Due March 2021

  1. American Kennel Club Companion Animal Law Writing Competition (Due March 31st)
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Submissions Due April 2021

  1. Marshall M. Schulman Criminal Law Student Writing Competition (Due April 2nd)
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  2. Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest (Due April 9th)
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Submissions Due May 2021

  1. Constitutional Law Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  2. Endangered Species Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  3. Energy Law Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  4. Environmental Transactions and Brownfields/Superfund and Natural Resources Damages Litigation Writing Competition (Due May 31)
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  5. Forest Law Writing Competition (May Due 31st)
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  6. International Environmental and Resources Law Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  7. Public Land and Resources Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  8. Waste and Resource Recovery Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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Submissions Due June 2021

  1. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2021 (Due June 15th)
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  2. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition (Due June 8th)
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