All ABA Writing Competitions

ABA Writing and Essay Contests for Law Students

Should you wish to obtain more information regarding any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the sponsoring entity.  [Help finding an entity.]

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Contest
Entry deadline: March
Award: $500; round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference; and possible publication in Administrative and Regulatory Law News. Tell me more

Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition
Postmark deadline: February
Award: $1,000; airfare and lodging to attend the Forum Committee’s Annual Conference where prize will be presented; possible publication in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Tell me more

Alternative Dispute Resolution James Boskey Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June
Award: $1,000 and posting on the Section’s website. Tell me more

Antitrust Law Writing Competition
Article submission deadline: January
Award: $2,000 and registration fee, transportation, lodging and luncheon at Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington, DC. Second Place Award: $500. Tell me more

Business Law Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January
Award: $2,500; travel and lodging to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting; and possible publication in The Business Lawyer. Tell me more

Criminal Justice Annual William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April
Award: $2,000; expense-paid trip to ABA Annual Meeting; and possible publication in Criminal Justice magazine. Tell me more

Disability Rights Adam A. Milani Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June
Award: $300 to $500; possible publication in the Disability Rights Reporter. Tell me more

Domestic Violence Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: May
Award: Publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and honorarium. Tell me more

Entertainment and Sports Industry and the Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Annual GRAMMY® Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January
Award: $5,000 and all expense paid trip to the Grammy Awards. For additional information, visit Facebook.com and search for “The Entertainment Law Initiative”. If you are not a Facebook user simply send an e-mail to eli@grammy.com.

Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Student Writing Competition
Postmarked Deadline: March
Award: Published in an ABA publication, a special combined edition newsletter of the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee and the Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee. Tell me more

Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Postmarked entry deadline: April
Award: Possible publication in Family Law Quarterly and complimentary one-year membership in the ABA Section of Family Law. Tell me more

Health Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline for entry: December
Award: $500, travel and lodging to the Section’s Emerging Issues Program and publication in The Health Lawyer. Tell me more

International Law Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards
Deadline for entry: January
Award: $1,000 prize, and $1,000 travel stipend to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting to receive award. Tell me more

Law and National Security Writing Competition
Postmarked entry deadline: August
Award: $500; free registration to the 21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference (FNSL); air travel and one night’s lodging to FNSL to receive award; and possible publication in the National Security Law Report. Tell me more

Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit Essay Contest
Postmark entry deadline: February
Award: $5,000; expense-paid trip to the Spring National Legal Malpractice Conference
Open to ABA Law Student Division and Young Lawyers Division members. Tell me more

Public Contract Law Student Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: September
Award: $5,000; publication in the Public Contract Law Journal; and possible presentation of paper at the Federal Procurement Institute. For details, contact Marilyn Neforas (312.988.5596)

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: June
Award: $2,500; free membership in the Section for one year after graduation; and airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Group Meeting. Tell me more

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Student Writing Contest
Postmark entry deadline: June
Award: $2,000; expense-paid trip to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting; and one-year free Section membership. Tell me more

State and Local Government Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: June
Award: 2,500 and possible publication inThe Urban Lawyer. Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: March
First Place Award: $1,500; airfare and lodging to ABA Annual Meeting; and possible publication in Tort Trial & Insurance Law Journal. Second Place Award: $500. All winners will be announced in the Section’s magazine, The Brief.  For more information, rules and criteria, contact Linda Wiley (312.988.5673)

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April
Award: $500; financial assistance to attend the ABA Annual Meeting ($500 maximum). Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April
Award: $500; financial assistance to attendance the ABA Annual Meeting ($500 maximum). Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee Law Student Writing Competition
Limited to law schools in selected states
Entry deadline: Varies by state
Award: Cash and complimentary attendance at a TIPS Meeting. Tell me more

 

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