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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.

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.  Submit by August 1, 2023.


Other Competition Sponsers

Brown Sims Judge John R. Brown Award

 The Brown Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools.  Submit by May 31, 2023.

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.