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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 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. The Admiralty & Maritime Committee of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (Due May 17th)
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  2. Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition (Due May 28th)
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  3. Constitutional Law Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  4. Endangered Species Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  5. Energy Law Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  6. Environmental Transactions and Brownfields/Superfund and Natural Resources Damages Litigation Writing Competition (Due May 31)
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  7. Forest Law Writing Competition (May Due 31st)
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  8. International Environmental and Resources Law Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  9. Public Land and Resources Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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  10. Waste and Resource Recovery Writing Competition (Due May 31st)
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Submissions Due June 2021

  1. The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition (Due June 1st)
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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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  3. Food and Drug Law Institute: The H. Thomas Austern Writing Competition (Due June 11th)
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  4. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition (Due June 15th)
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  5. Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law (Due June 15th)
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  6. The American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Award (Due June 30th)
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Submissions Due August 2021

  1. National Association of Women Lawyers Empowering Women in the Legal Profession: The Selma Moidel Smith Writing Competition (Due August 23rd)
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