Looking for a Project this Summer? Prepare a Submission for a Writing Competition and Win Money!

There are seven writing competitions open to law students with deadlines in June, plus many more competitions with deadlines throughout the summer.  Below is a list of competitions with upcoming deadlines.  To view a more complete list, go to https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044.  Good luck!


25th Annual Law Student Essay Contest

Sponsor: American Judges Association

General criteria: Essays submitted must be under the topic of "Comparing Hearsay Rules in Different Courts."  All papers shall be the original, unpublished work of an individual student, but may have been prepared as a course assignment.

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Amount of award: First prize is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000.

Submission information: See http://aja.ncsc.dni.us.


KBA Annual Student Writing Competition

The Kentucky Bar Association encourages UofL Law students to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition.  This competition is open only to students at the three Kentucky law schools - UL, UK, and Chase! 

First ($1,000), second ($300), and third place ($200) awards will be given.  Entries must be received by June 1, 2013.

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the "General Format" section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines at www.kybar.org/103.

Our very own Leah Rupp Smith won the 2012 KBA Writing Award with her entry titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law."   Let's continue the tradition for 2013!

Submission Information

National Student Writing Contest on Real Property Law 

Sponsor:  The Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law (Property Journal)

Criteria: This is a national writing competition for all law students on any topic falling into the general theme of real property law. This is a great opportunity for students on law reviews and journals whose note or comment may not have made the final publication cuts, and students who have written excellent papers for a seminar class or independent study. There are cash prizes as well as an opportunity to publish in the Property Journal.

Deadline:  June 1, 2013

Amount of award: First-place will receive $750; Second-place will receive $500.00; and if a Third-Place essay is selected, that author will receive $250.00.

Submission information: http://www.realpropertyjournal.org/Home/national-writing-contest.


Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Sponsor: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Criteria:  Papers must deal with employee benefits topics.  As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses' or domestic partners' benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation or fiduciary obligations. 

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Amount of award:  Two cash prizes of $1,500 for the top two submissions.  The law students who submit the wining papers will be our honored guests at our annual black tie dinner in New Orleans on November 9, 2013.

Submission information: See competition rules.


2013 Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

General criteria: Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school seeking a J.D. is eligible.  To be considered, four copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.  The 2012 Award was presented to Daniel Alterbaum of Yale Law School for his paper entitled, Control Share Acts, Closed-End Funds, and the Battle for Corporate Control

Deadline: June 7, 2013

Amount of award: $10,000

Submission information: www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award



30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association

General criteria: The Competition is open to law students and graduate planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

Deadline: June 7, 2013

Amount of award: The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,500 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.  In addition to the first prize, the Competition will offer a second place prize of $500 and a third prize of $250.  Up to two additional submissions may be awarded Honorable Mention.

Submission information:  Visit http://www.law.asu.edu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=epuHJYqwa-4%3D&tabid=937.



2013 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

General criteria: Law students may submit an original, previously unpublished work that relates to an issue within one or more of the following topics in the area of trusts and estates: Businss planning; charitable planning; elder law; employee benefits; fiduciary accounting, administration, income taxation, or litigation; estate planning; professional responsibility; or wealth transfer taxation.

Deadline: June 14, 2013

Amount of award: $5,000 for first place; $3,000 for second place; $1,000 for third place.

Submission information: http://www.actec.org/public/WenigCompetition/WenigCompetitionRules.asp

James Boskey Writing Competition

Sponsor: ABA Section on Dispute Resolution

General criteria: The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among law students.  The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses.

Deadline: June 14, 2013

Amount of Award: $1,000

Submission information: Visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions.html

12th Annual Environmental Law Essay Competition

Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

General criteria: The Competition is open to all law students.  Essays must be original and not previously published.  They may have been submitted for course credit or for law review, but not as part of paid employment.  Any environmental law topic of current interest to Michigan practitioners.

Deadline: June 30, 2013

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.  Winning essays will be published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.

Submission information:  See flyer.