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2019–2020 Writing Competitions

Arranged chronologically by entry deadline. Additional information about these competitions and awards may be found in a binder located in the Office of Student Life, Hutchins Hall 316. 

Contact: Trudy Feldkamp, 316 Hutchins Hall.

The Contest is sponsored by the American Kennel Club, Inc.  Papers are to address either "current bond-for care laws" or the Animal Welfare Act or any other laws that apply to emotional suport animals.

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the United States, at least 18 years of age at the time of entry.  Must be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States.  Employees of The American Kennel Club, Inc. and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee (whether or not related) are not eligible.

DEADLINE:  Submissions are due by November 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

PRIZES:  First Prize winner will receive $2,500.  Second Prize winner will receive $500.  Winners will be announced on December 17, 2019

Additional information, including full topic description and requirements, can be found in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall.


North American Immigration Law Group ( is seeking a passionate and motivated student who wishes to build his/her career in law.  With soaring education expenses, getting a quality education is not a cakewalk anymore. in offering a $2,000 semi-annual scholarship to a deserving candidate who can demonstrate outstanding skills within the field of law.  Interested students will have the opportunity to earn this scholarship by writing an essay of 800-1000 words.

ELIGIBILITY:  enrolled in accredited law school within the US, law school student, minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, be a full time student in fall 2019

Additional information, including topics and requirements, can be found in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall.  Questions need to be sent to 

DEADLINE:  Apply via email only to by November 30, 2019.  Applications received after the submission deadline will not be considered.  Winner's name will be announced on December 18, 2019.

The Antitrust Writing Award for Best Student Paper rewards one student paper that stands out by its originality or relevance to current antitrust issues.  The goal of the Award is to promote antitrust laws, antitrust economics, and antitrust policies among Law and Econmics students and to support student scholarship in the field.

ELIGIBILITY: Students must me graduate students currently enrolled in a law school, business school, or graduate school economics program at thte Master's level or higher for the academic year 2019-2020.  Papers must have been written during 2019.

DEADLINEDecember 22, 2019 before 11:59 p.m. EST.

PRIZES: Winning submissions will be published in the Concurrences e-Competitions Bulletin and will receive a one-year Concurrences+ subscription (which gives access to the entire databese of writings, photos, and videos from Concurrences antitrust conferences, articles, and books).  In addition, the winners will be invited to accept the Award in person at the Concurrences + GW Antitrust Writing Awards Gala Dinner, in front of 200+ top antitrust enforcers, lawyers, economists, and academics from around the world.

Complete rules, format, deadlines, and other information, can be found in the Office of Student Life, 316 Hutchins Hall.

The 22nd Annual ELI writing competition and scholarship program is a joint effort of the Recording Academy and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and is intended to provide law students with opportunities in the field of entertainment law. Past winners now work as music and intellectual property lawyers throughout the country.

ELIGIBILITY: Competition is open to JD and LLM students.

DEADLINEJanuary 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. PST.  Winners will be announced on January 14, 2020.

PRIZES: Winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and will be flown (with one guest) to Los Angeles for Entertainment Law Initiative event on January 24, 2020; Runners-up (2) will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

For complete rules, deadlines, and other information, please visit the competition website.


This year's American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.

ELIGIBILITY:  Student at any accredited law school in the United States and Canada.

DEADLINEFriday, February 28, 2020, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

PRIZES:  First Place, $1,000; Second place, $500; Third place, $250.  Each winner will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.

For further information, including entry requirements, judging criteria or questions, please see the AILR writing competition website.


The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition.

ELIGIBILITY: Active students at an accredited law school in the United States.  Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019.  Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

DEADLINE: Articles must be submitted to, using the subject line "Writing Competition," by midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2020.

PRIZES: First place, $3,000; Second place, $1,000; Third place, $500.

For further information, including all rules, entry requirements, judging criteria, or questions, please see competition website.