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National Law Student Writing Contests

Earn money, possible publication, and glory for your writing.
Big News! The Writing Contests Folders, where you can view scanned brochures and further information about the contests listed below, are accessible in a new route. From the Law School Home Page click on the Student Writing Competitions box in the lower-right corner. The direct link for the Writing Contests Folders is

Please notify Dr. Natalie Tarenko if you cannot access the notices.
Writing contests and the months in which their deadlines fall are as follows.

If you win a contest, please contact Dr. Natalie Tarenko so you can be recognized appropriately by the law school and your fellow students.

November 2012 deadlines: 2012 Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA) Writing competition, on any subject in the field of securities law, with prizes of $5000, $3000, and $2000, plus travel reimbursement to ASECA’s annual dinner in Washington, DC, with a regular mail deadline of Nov. 16, 2012;

December 2012 deadlines: 2012 Center for Alcohol Policy national essay contest, on the topic of “If a country were starting alcohol regulation from scratch, what regulatory framework would you advise it to create and why,” with prizes of $5000, $2500, and $1000, and a deadline of Dec. 14, 2012;

January 2013 deadlines: 2012 American Indian Law Review writing competition, on any topic concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples, with prizes of $1000 and publication, $500, or $250, and an e-mail or postmarked deadline of 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Jan. 31, 2013;

April 2013 deadlines: ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Annual Law Student Writing Competition, “on any part of the New Deal, a series of economic programs implemented in 1933-1936,” with first prize of $1500 plus travel to the Section’s annual meeting in San Francisco and possible publication and second prize of $500, and deadline of Apr. 1, 2013 (students must be a member of the ABA law student division);

June 2013 deadlines: 30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition of the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association, on a topic of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law, or environmental law, with prizes of $2500 and possible publication in The Urban Lawyer, or $500, and $250, and a regular (snail) mail deadline of June 7, 2013;

October 2013 deadlines: ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, on this year’s theme, “Nuclear Issues and National Security Law,” with a prize of $500 and airfare, registration, and one night’s lodging for the 23rd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, D.C., and a deadline of Oct. 1, 2013;


Natalie Tarenko


School of Law