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Writing Competitions for Law Students: Resources for Competitors

Study Resources for Writers

Other Bar Association Sponsers

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.

American Planning Association Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition


The National LGBT Bar Michael Greenburg Student Writing Competition

Dedicated to encouraging and recognizing outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting LGBTQ+ persons.  Submit by May 10, 2024.

New York State Bar Association:  Writing Competitions


Philadelphia Bar Association Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition

The Philadelphia Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal writing and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.  See Competition Rules document posted below. 


Other Competition Sponsers

Brown Sims Judge John R. Brown Award

 The Brown Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitutional Society welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.

National Law Review Writing Competition

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.  Submissions excepted monthly by 5:00 PM CST on the last day of the month.

American Association of Law Librarians Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Both full- and part-time students are eligible.  Complete description and instructions at the link.  Submit by May 15, 2024.