Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Writing Competitions

Competitions are listed by chronologically by deadline date.



Fifth Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, the American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Lieber Societym, and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Team
More Information: Website
Topic: Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc.
Deadline: by Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST)


2015 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Sponsor: ABA Section of Family Law
More Information: Website
Topic: Any aspect of family law.
Deadline: To enter, one must submit an entry form by April 17, 2015. Essays are DUE May 1, 2015.
Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School
More Information: Website
Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.
Deadline: Must be received before 5pm, Friday, April 24, 2015
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
Topic: Issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law.
Deadline: All entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY April 30, 2015


2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: National Association of Women Lawyers
More Information: Website
Topic: Issues concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Questions should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at
Deadline: Entries must be RECEIVED by May 1, 2015


2015 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Sponsor: American Inns of Court
More Information: Website
Topic: Topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Deadline: Submission deadline is July 1, 2015.
2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Sponsor: The Theodore Tennenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Topic: Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics related to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).
Deadline: July 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm EDT