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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 Descending

ELI invites students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.  Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2018.  Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit.  Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit.  Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

Sponsor's Web Site

Environmental Law Institute and Beveridge & Diamond

$2000 + publication




Any current issue involving labor or employment law.  The scope of permissible topics for the article is broad; i.e., any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.  Articles must be original from the applicant.  In addition, they must not have been submitted for other publication or written as part of paid employment.

Sponsor's Web Site

New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

$3,000 and Publication

$2,000 and Publication

$1,000 and 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





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