Legal Writing Competitions

Any student interested in entering a legal writing competition can access hundreds of legal writing competitions on a huge variety of topics. Students of winning papers may receive monetary compensation of up to $5,000, and the prize may include publication. The link below leads to an extensive list of such competitions on various topics. In addition, I would encourage any student who would like to enter a legal writing competition to make his or her own web search (e.g. “student legal writing competitions”) and choose from the many options found there. The student can also narrow the search to a particular area of interest (“student legal writing competitions elder law”).

Mercer and the ABA host an annual writing competition in honor of Mercer’s former legal writing professor, Adam Milani.  It is one of the few competitions for student-written briefs – not academic papers.   Prizes can be as high as $1,000.

Below is a list of topics for this year. Please consider assigning one of the following topics this spring so your best students can participate in the competition:

  • disability law;
  • the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • a state statute or municipal ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Writing Competitions Links