Writing Competitions

For additional writing competitions, visit Richmond Law's Legal Essay Contest Catalog and Suffolk University's iCompete Writing

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Entertainment Law Initiative

The Recording Academy™, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative® to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 21st year, the program has grown to include a national legal writing competition and a GRAMMY® Week event.

he ELI writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship; two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 21st Annual ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation; two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8, 2019; two tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Feb. 10, 2019; and round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events.

For more information visit the competition webpageDeadline: January 2, 2019

Entertainment Law Initiative poster - Entertainment Law Initiative

American Indian Law Writing Competition

AILR is not accepting papers on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including $1,000 for the first place winner. Competition is open to all students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs. See competition website  for more details. Submission deadline: January 31, 2019.

AILR competition poster - American Indian Law Writing Competition
Access To Justice Competition

Access To Justice Essay Competition

The topic of the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is "Legal Strategies to Address Gun Violence." The winning essay will receive a $5,000 prize. For more information, visit the competition websiteDeadline: April 30, 2019. 11:59 p.m.

Access to Justice Competition Poster - Access To Justice Essay Competition