National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

Topics:  Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law or indigenous peoples.  However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

Deadline: 6pm EST on Friday, January 30, 2015

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015

Topic:  Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.  This annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work n international human rights law.  

Date:  February 1, 2015

Animal Law Writing Contest 

Topic: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.

Deadline:  Noon, February 15, 2015

The 2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Topic: This year's contest hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm's computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client's confidential information.

Deadline:  February 20, 2015

Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

Topic:  Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format.

Deadline:  February 20, 2015


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

Deadline:  March 20, 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