National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

LSAC Diversity Writing Competition

Topic:  What techniques and resources and strategies should law schools utilize to recruit and retain students of color and other students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession.

Deadline:  May 1, 2014

The Sovereignty Symposium XXVII

Topic: Invitation for papers on any issue concerning Native American Law

Deadline:  May 1, 2014

National Association of Women Lawyers 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

Topic: Entrants should sumbit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.

Deadline:  May 1, 2014

Mystery Writing Competition

Topic: Ever thought about writing crime fiction?  Your story must feature a lawyer as a main character.

Deadline:  May 1, 2014

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2012-2013

Topic:  Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or hte need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.  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.  Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law.  Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue presented and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple sources.

Deadline:  May 15, 2014

International Association of Defense Counsel presents the 2014 Legal Writing Contest


Deadline: May 16, 2014

Ed Edmondson Scholarship Application

Topic:  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application.  There is no formal application form.

Deadline:  May 31, 2014

2014 Robert C. Watson Competition

Topic: Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 30, 2014.

Deadline:  June 30, 2014

2014 Warren E. Burger Prize Writing Competition

Topic: 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

Deadline: July 1, 2014


The 2014 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: July 1, 2014