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National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2016 Writing Competition

Topic:  Address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-amd-soundness aspects of banking regulation.  Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Deadline:  December 1, 2015

CABA 2015 Law Student Essay Competition

Topic:  A comparative analysis of U.S. and Canadian law in an area of law of your choice.

Deadline:  December 4, 2015

2016 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition

Topic:  In recent years, Ebola and other infectious diseases, natural disasters, threatened acts of bioterrorism, the rise of obesity and obesity-related ailments, the recreational use of tobacco and drugs, and other actual or potential developments have threatened the health of the public in the United States and elsewhere.  Successfully preparing for and effectively addressing these and other public health dangers will require use of an array of tools involving expertise and experience possessed and practiced by medical and legal professionals.  Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of hte legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also respecting individual and institutional personal and property rights.

Deadline:  January 4, 2016

Grammy Foundation:  The 18th Annual Entertainment Law Initiatve Writing Competition

Topic: For all competition rules, please visit ELI Page on Facebook or visit

Deadline:  January 6, 2016

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Topic:  This competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences.  The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.  Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
Deadline:  January 15, 2016

2016 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Topic:  The suggested theme for this year's Writing Prize is "Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion," focusing on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980); however, writing on other topics will also be accepted.  We encourage students to think creatively and expansively about reproductive rights and justice (RR/RJ) and to analyze issues using an intersectional lens - considering the impact of demographic and institutional factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status.  Other RR/RJ issues that may be explored, for example:  Abortion access for low-income women; birthing options; Immigration reform and RR/RJ; LGBTQ community and RR/RJ; Parenting with safety and dignity; Policing and prosecution of pregnant women; rape culture and its impact on RR/RJ; and Sex education.  Papers should have a domestic focus, but may draw on international and comparative materials.  Authors are asked to apply an RJ and/or human rights framework to their analyses of the issues.  We encourage writing that amplifies lesser-heard voices, applies an intersectional approach to legal thinkingm, suggests innovative solutions, and/or takes into account the practical realities and the lived experiences of the people most affected by reproductive oppression.

Deadline:  Monday, January 18, 2016

2015 - 2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

Topic:  Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits,, or employment discrimination.

Deadline:  Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

American Indian Law Writing Competition

Topic:  Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law or indigenous peoples.

Deadline:  January 29, 2016

"Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition 

Topic:  Common Cause welcomes all papers that create a new definition for partisan gerrymandering and pair that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.

Deadline: Sunday, March 27, 2016

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2015-2016

Topic:  Relevant to labor and employment law practice

Deadline:  June 15, 2016