Writing Competitions

Writing competitions provide an excellent opportunity for students to research and write on a topic of interest and to receive recognition or a cash prize.  Competitions are listed here and new ones are highlighted in the weekly Chase Postings.  Some competitions require original work, but others allow students to submit papers for which academic credit has been received.  Pay attention to the competitions as they are announced and, if one interests you, consider entering.  For further Information about these and other Writing Competitions, please contact Professor Barbara McFarland at mcfarlandb1@nku.edu.

Upcoming Competition Application Deadline Schedule

Legal & Political Sciences
Sponsor: European Law & Politics Journal
Deadline: ongoing

5th Annual SLA Law Student Writing Competition
Topic:  Current issues in sports law
Sponsor:  Sports Lawyers Association
Deadline:  March 20, 2017

2017 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition
Topic:  Important and emerging legal issues in the field of law and technology
Sponsor:  University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
Deadline:  March 31, 2017 at midnight EST (Eastern Standard Time)

LSAC 2017 Diversity Writing Competition
Topic:  Why pipeline programs targeting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession
Sponsor:  Law School Admission Council Office of Diversity Initiatives
Deadline:  no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on March 31, 2017

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Topic:  Any aspect of family law
Sponsor:  American Bar Association Section of Family Law
Deadline:  Entry Form due April 14, 2017; Essay due on or before April 28, 2017

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Topic:  Any issue within the general category of legal ethics
Sponsor:  Notre Dame Law School
Deadline:  before 5:00 p.m., April 28, 2017

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Topic:  Any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples
Sponsor:  The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc.
Deadline:  May 1, 2017

International Association of Defense Counsel 2017 Legal Writing Contest
Topic:  A subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation
Sponsor:  International Association of Defense Counsel
Deadline:  May 19, 2017

2017 Canadian American Bar Association Student Essay Competition
Topic: Identify one issue which in the student's opinions should be part of the renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement between Canada and the United States. 
Sponsor:  Canadian American Bar Association (CABA)
Deadline:  May 31, 2017

2017 KBA Annual Student Writing Competition
Topic:  Subject of interest to Kentucky practitioners
Sponsor:  Kentucky Bar Association
Deadline:  June 1, 2017

2017 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 13th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Topic:  Any topic in the field of employee benefits law
Sponsor:  The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
Deadline:  June 1, 2017

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2016-2017
Topic: Labor and employment law practice
Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
Deadline:  June 15, 2017, midnight EST

2017 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Topic:  Address the issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism
Sponsor:  American Inns of Court
Deadline:  July 1, 2017

2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Topic: How has the emergence of various technologies impacted the “reasonableness” of privacy expectations? Has social media, information technology, and surveillance technology available to the public reduced what one may honestly believe is private”? See Rules.
Sponsor: American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
Deadline:  July 1, 2017

The 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic:  Any federal or state tax-related topic
Sponsor:  The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Deadline:  July 5, 2107, 9:00 p.m. EDT

SEAFWA Wildlife Conservation Legal Writing Contest 
Topic:  Wildlife conservation law
Sponsor:  Legal Committee of the Southeastern Associationof Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA)
Deadline:  July 31, 2017

The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Writing Contest Scholarship
Topic:  Expert witnesses
Sponsor:  The Expert Institute
Deadline:  December 31, 2107