Writing Competitions

Writing competitions are a great way for students to sharpen their legal writing skills, get published, and possibly win cash prizes.

Below is a list of writing competitions available to all Drake Law students, organized by submission due date.

See also the American Bar Association's list of writing competitions and law student contests.

Jan. 15, 2017
Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Topic: Disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accomodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
Prizes: First Place—$1,500, Second Place—$1,000
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Jan. 31, 2017
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Topic: Any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. Recently published papers will not be favored.
Prizes: First Place—$1,000, Second Place—$500, Third Place—$250
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Feb. 20, 2017
Boom Essays
Prizes: First Place—$2,000, Second Place—$1,500, Third Place—$1,000
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March 1, 2017
Brogdon Champion, LLC
Prizes: First Place—$2,500 and published, Second Place—$1,000
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March 1, 2017
Australian Essay Writing Contest
Prizes: First Place—$3,000, Second Place—$2,500, Third Place—$1,500
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March 31, 2017
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Writing Competition
Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.
Prizes: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at Discoverlaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication. 
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April 14, 2017
Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Topic: Any aspect of family law
Prizes: First Place—$1,500 and consideration of publication, Second Place—$750 and consideration of publication, Third Place—$350 and consideration of publication
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April 28, 2017
Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Prizes: $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.
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June 1, 2017
Annual CGTrader Scholarship
Topic: "The future of technololgy in education"
Prizes: Best submission—$2,000, two runners-up—$500 each
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July 1, 2017
2017 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Topic: Addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.
Prizes: Winner will receive $5,000 and essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.
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July 5, 2017
The 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic: Any federal or state tax-related topic
Prizes: $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers
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Aug. 15, 2017
Australian Help Writing Contest
Topics: Essay Writing as a Tool for Developing One’s Literary Voice; Why Is It Important To Learn Storytelling in College?; Urgent Reforms Modern Education Needs; How EdTech Can Boost Students’ Creativity; Do You Need a College Degree To Be Successful?
Prizes: First place—$700, Second place—$500, Third place—$250
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Sept. 8, 2017
2017 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
Topic: Any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration.
Prizes: First place - $1,000, Second place - $750, Third place - $500
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Dec. 1, 2017
Center for Alcohol Policy - 10th Annual Essay Contest
Topic: Define temperance as it would apply in today's alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?
Prizes: First place - $5,000, Second place - $2,500, Third place - $1,000
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October 6, 2017
Justin Driver, Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, will deliver a lecture titled "Free Speech in Public Schools: From Black Armbands to BONG HiTS FOR JESUS" on Oct. 26.