National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

2015 ABA Law Student Legal Writing Competition

Topic:  Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Deadline: March 6, 2015


Topic:  Transnational Adjudication of Human Rights Violations:  National Tribunals as an Alternative to International Courts

Deadline:  March 20, 2015

Dish 2015 "Best in Class" E Discovery Legal Research and Writing Competition

Topic:  Encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of Information Goverance and Discovery in civil litigation.  The competition is the only one of its kind designed to challenge law students to explore the evolving issues of document management, electronically stored information, and ever-expanding technology - along with their application to the law.

Deadline:  April 13, 2015

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Contest

Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015

IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Legal Writing Contest

Topic:  Rule 2 allows for a broad range of topics, provided it is one of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.  Unusual subjects are desirable if of sufficiently widespread interest beyond the borders of any state or province.  Entries should be of law review type and quality, not briefs.  Authors' opinions should reflect consideration of both sides of the issue.

Deadline:  Friday, May 15, 2015

The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Topic: Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

Deadline: 9:00 pm on July 1, 2015