Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law.  Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time law students (and second through fourth-year part-time students) of all ABA-approved law schools, and to first year students where family law is taught as part of the first year curriculum.

Winning entries receive the following: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly and the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding the achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section.  To enter, one must submit an entry form by April 17, 2015.  Essays are due May 1, 2015.

More information, including our downloadable entry form, can be found on our website.  You may also contact ABA Section of Family Law Program Assistant, Samantha Schooley at samantha.schooley@americanbar.org or 312.988.5145 for additional information and assistance.


2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women’s rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad.  NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political, and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession.  NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows:

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.   

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE:  Entries must be received by May 1, 2015

AWARD:  The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the NAWL Women Lawyers Journal.

Harris Personal Injury Scholarship

Harris Personal Injury Inc. is offering a scholarship to students who have suffered a serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives by attending college.

The Scholarship deadline is May 31, 2015 and will be awarded to the winning applicant for the 2015 fall semester.

For more details, click on the following link: http://harrispersonalinjury.com/injury-scholarship/.



The 2015 Tannenwald writing competition is sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel.

Named for the law Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald writing competition is open to all full or part- time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules.

Cash Prizes:of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 for the top three papers.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PAPERS: 9:00 p.m., July 1, 2015.

For more information, click on the following link: http://www.tannenwald.org/Competition-Announcement.


The 2015 ED Mendrzycki essay contest, which is sponsored by the ABA standing committee on lawyer's professional liability and Long & Levit LLP for Law Students and Young Lawyers is looking for the best essay.

TOPIC: This years contest hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firms computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client's confidential information.






A student writing competition is being organized by the University of Missouri Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution in conjunction with the Missouri Law Review annual symposium, entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.”  The symposium, which will feature speakers and works-in-progress participants from around the country, addresses recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as similar developments from around the nation.

The writing competition features a $700 prize for the competition winner, a $100 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner.  Prizes are sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.


Submissions must bear some relationship to the upcoming Missouri Law School symposium entitled“Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.” 

DEADLINE: Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on February 13, 2015.

For more information, please visit:


Applications are being accepted fora summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

For more information, please visit http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/diversity-initiatives-intern.pdf.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 20, 2015.

United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years and older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in an essay contest through the Many Languages, One World program (“Many Languages,” available at ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu).

The essay should relate to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognizes, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity. 

Students wishing to participate are encouraged to visit the website for background material in this regard: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org.

You may also visit https://alquds.edu/~f70312/ELS2015ContestRules.pdf for more information about the contest.

DEADLINE IS MARCH 25th, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.


2015 1L SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Prudential Financial, Inc.

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a law student with a disability to join the 2015 summer law intern program at Prudential’s New Jersey/New York offices. The 1L summer internship will run 10 weeks—from May 26 to August 7, 2015. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis. 

For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/disabilityrights/resources/employment/aba_prudential_internship.html.

All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 6, 2015.  Finalists will be selected and notified on or before March 9, 2015.


2015 Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship

DEADLINE is January 30, 2015.

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship which has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Fellowship will be awarded to four second-year (2L) law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in trusts and estates law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2015. 

Please click on the following link to view the detailed guidelines, application, and listing of required documents to accompany the application for the fellowship: http://www.tnybf.org/.

Please note the deadline for submission of all application materials is January 30, 2015.


Public Interest Law Scholarship

The Honolulu law firm of Davis Levin Livingston has announced their second Public Interest Law Scholarship. The scholarship intends to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer. The firm awarded two $3,000 scholarships in 2014 after finding two extremely worth applicants.

For more information, please click on the following link: http://www.davislevin.com/scholarship/.

The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.


Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program


The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2015 Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.  The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

The application deadline for Summer 2015 is Monday, March 30, 2015.

For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship1.html.


Center for Reproductive Rights Tenth Annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the tenth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington prize will have no specific theme, but will be open to fresh student scholarship exploring a wide range of issues that affect reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions: http://lsrj.org/documents/awardsgrants/15_LSRJ_CRR_Writing_Prize.pdf

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2015.

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.


Peggy Browning Fellowship Program

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate their time to advancing the cause of workers' rights.

2015 Summer Fellowships: Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.

2015-2016 School-Year Fellowship: 1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 16, 2015

Fellowships locations have expanded!

New this year: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and Seattle.

Information available at https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students.

Please apply online via https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/how-to-apply.

ABA Announces Writing Competitions and Contests

Attention ALL Touro Law Students!  Read on if you would like to win an award to assist with paying for school, books, loans, etc.

Business Law Section Mendes Hershman Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January 9
Award: $2,500. Law Student Division members are encouraged to submit papers on a high quality business law topic written in the current or previous academic year, and approved for submission by a professor or law school dean.

Construction Law Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 15
Award: $2,000; transportation and accommodations to attend the forum's 2015 Annual Meeting (April 16-18) in Boca Raton, Florida; a plaque; one-year membership in the forum; recognition in the forum's newsletter, Under Construction and on the website; and possible publication in one of the forum's two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer.

Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 30

Award: $2,500; transportation and accommodation to attend the Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting (April 15-17, 2015) in Washington, DC. Designed to encourage and reward student-written articles in the area of antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law. Articles must also be nominated by the publication’s Editor-in-Chief. Each Editor-in-Chief may only nominate one article.

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest for Law Students and Young Lawyers
Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP
Entry deadline: February 20

Award: $5,000 cash prize and transportation and accommodations to attend the 2015 National Legal Malpractice Conference (April 8–10, 2015) in Washington, DC. Encourages innovative and original research and writing on issues in lawyers’ professional liability. Open only to law student and young lawyer members of the American Bar Association.

2015 Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition
Entry deadline: March 6

Award: $1,000; transportation and accommodates to attend the Forum's Annual Conference (May 20-22, 2015), in Washington, DC; possible publication in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Contact Dawn Holiday for the contest objective, criteria, rules, and additional details.

Section of Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Entry deadline: April 17
Award: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly and on the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding your achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section. Designed to increase interest in the field of family law among all law students. You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to be considered.