There are a large number of regional and national writing competitions open to law students. Finalists in the competition typically receive an award and/or prize money, and being a finalist carries great prestige.

Upcoming Competitions

Milani Writing Competition (Mercer University School of Law & ABA)
Topics: Disability law; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; a state statute or municipal ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
Deadline: June 10, 2014
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2014 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law
Topic:  Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law, such as art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage (but not intellectual property issues, except as they relate to cultural heritage).
Deadline: June 30, 2014
How to submit: Submit your paper as a Word or PDF email attachment, together with the submission form, to
**Remember, papers must not include any identifying information.
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For information on other writing competitions, please see the list maintained by the Univ. of Richmond School of Law, at