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Students interested in participating in any of the competitions listed below should obtain a complete copy of the competition rules. Competition rules are available at the websites listed below or in the Writing Competition Binder located in the J.D. Academic Services Office, McDonough 352. Also, please visit the ABA's list of writing competitions at

Topic Sponsor Prize Due Date Sorted Ascending

The submission may address any aspect of securities law, securities arbitration, The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14, or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 19, 2007, and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States.  Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a couse at an American law school are also eligible.

Sponsor's Web Site

The PIABA Foundation

$1,000 + publication




The Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition invites scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law.

Sponsor's Web Site

Delaware Bar Foundation

$3,000 + publication




The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR website.  No entry fee is required.  Applicants may submit an unlimited number of entries each month.  The top two to four articles will be published on the NLR website.  

Sponsor's Web Site

National Law Review

Publication on the NLR website.




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