This list of Previous Writing Competitions may be helpful as you make long-range plans. Often, sponsors repeat their contests, and the deadline may fall at the same approximate time of year. If you are interested in a Writing Competition on this list, please verify the topic, prize, and due date with the sponsor. For a list of current Writing Competitions with upcoming deadlines, please click “Currently Active Writing Competitions.”

Previous Competitions

Submit a 1000-word summary of your idea for using a legal or law-related action in advancing and/or protecting the rights of nonsmokers, primarily by protecting them from exposure to tobacco smoke pollution. 

Sponsored by: National Center for Nonsmokers Rights

Sponsor's Website

1st: $5,000
2nd: $3,000
3rd: $1,000

Due Date: 5/1/2010

In a recent case, a state court imputed notice of Title IX violations to a university after a student consulted with an ombuds with an allegation of sexual harassment. What should ombuds do to ensure that they are not deemed as agents for notice? Should the IOA Standards of Practice be revised in any respect? Articles shall be less than 5,000 words including citations and shall follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

Sponsored by: International Ombudsman Association

Sponsor's Website


Due Date: 11/19/2010

The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers' compensation. Students are encouraged to present a public policy issues, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, or a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification. Students currently enrolled or who have graduated on or after May 2009 are eligible.

Sponsored by: College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Sponsor's Website

1st: $1,500
2nd: $1,000
3rd: $500

Due Date: 11/1/2010

Articles for the November 2010 Feature should address the topic of Labor and Employment Law and should be no more than 5,500 words, including endnotes.

Sponsored by: National Law Review

Sponsor's Website

Publication on the NLR website

Due Date: 10/25/2010

Submissions to the 2010 Annual International Law Section Law Student Writing Competition may be on any subject that would be of interest to an international law practitioner.

Sponsored by: International Law Section of the State Bar of California

Sponsor's Website

1st: $2,000
2nd: $750
3rd: $250

Due Date: 10/15/2010

Students are invited to submit a note or comment written while the author was an enrolled student in an ABA-approved law school during the 2009 calendar year. The paper may not have been previously published, and may be on any topic in the area of immigration law.

Sponsored by: University of La Verne Law Review

Sponsor's Website


Due Date: 1/1/2010

All submissions should be on a legal topic, and may be written in English, Irish, French, or German. Book reviews and case notes will also be considered.

Sponsored by: Cork Online Law Review

Sponsor's Website


Due Date: 12/19/2009

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