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*prize may include publication, presentation, complimentary membership or other awards as specified by the official competition rules.

Competition Topic Prize Deadline
Federal Claims Bar Association 2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Full details. $2,000 7/18/2014
2014 Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship
  • What impact do you believe the Affordable Healthcare Act will have on the U.S. legal system?
  • In your opinion, what law is most out of date and should be rectified or repealed?
  • What future do you foresee for legal marketing with the inclusion of social media?
Full details.
$1,000
$500
$500
6/1/2014
20140 Texas Law Student Legal Writing Contest Entries should address any area of international law, including international antitrust, arbitration, business transactions, conflicts of law, criminal law, immigration, intellectual property, litigation, multinational enterprises, public law and trade law. Full details.    
American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence: The Eleventh Annual Law Student Writing Competition Articles must address domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Full details. Publishing 5/30/2014
2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition Any issue related to energy law--you may advocate a position, educate an audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc. Full details. $700
$500
$250
5/16/2014
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law & The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2013-2014 Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Full details. $1,500
$1,000
$500
5/15/2014
The Sovereignty Symposium XXVII - 2014 Any issue concerning Native American law. Full details. $1,500
$1,000
$750
5/1/2014
The National Law Review March 2014 Law Student Writing Contest Construction and real estate law. Full details. Publishing 5/12/2014
National Association of Women Lawyers 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition Women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Full details. $500 5/1/2014
The Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law The CJICL welcomes a wide variety of proposals in the fields of comparative and international law (both public and private) that encompass empirical approaches, theoretical discussions and perspectives from practice. Full details. Publishing 4/27/2014
Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest Subject may be any aspect of family law. There is a deadline to Request Your Entry Number, and a deadline for your Entry. Full details.

$1,500
$750
$350

4/18/2014
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5/2/2014

2013-14 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or "federalism" component. Full details. $2,000 4/7/2014
University College Dublin Law Review Vary. Full details. €500 3/28/2014
Canadian Journal of Human Rights Any topic relating to human rights or international humanitarian law. Full details. Publishing n/a