Scholarships & Writing Competitions

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DRI Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: March 30, 2015
Amount: $10,000

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2015-16) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.  To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school.  The application form and full details can be found here.  Applications must be received by DRI no later than Monday, March 30, 2015.

2015 VELANDALE Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Amount: $5000

WAAL is an association of African American Lawyers dedicated to ensuring diversity in Wisconsin's legal community. In 1990, WAAL established a scholarship in the name of the late W. Dale Phillips to provide scholarships to African-American law students at Wisconsin’s two law schools--Marquette and the University of Wisconsin. In 2004, WAAL proudly renamed the scholarship "VelanDale" to recognize both Vel and Dale's outstanding accomplishments. Dale and Vel opened up the law practice of Phillips & Phillips in Milwaukee.

How To Apply
An eligible application consists of:

  1.  A cover letter stating why the applicant is deserving of the VelanDale scholarship;
  2.  A current resume;
  3.  A school transcript - Official preferred, unofficial acceptable if in original formatting and if official is unavailable by deadline.
  4.  Two reference letters emailed directly to; and
  5.  A statement or essay written by the applicant (no more than three pages) articulating how the applicant believes he/she will make a difference as an attorney on an issue of concern and interest to the African-American community or how the applicant believes he/she will advance VelanDale’s legacy. (Applicants are advised that the Selection Committee gives considerable weight to the essay and may use parts of the essay to introduce the scholarship recipients at the Annual Scholarship Dinner.)

All documents must be in (PDF) and must be received via email at by April 1, 2015.

Eligibility for Scholarship:

  • Applicant must be attending a Wisconsin law school
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing
  • Applicant must be a person of African descent

2015-2016 Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago Scholarship

Deadline: April 9, 2015
Amount: $2,500 to $5,000

The Bohemian Lawyers’ Association is offering scholarships, from $2,500 up to $5,000, to all persons of Chzech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland area.  Applicants must submit their essay and other materials by April 9, 2015.  Please visit the official website for more details amd to download the application form. (Marquette students are eligible to apply).

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2015 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2015
Amount: $2000

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. offers a $2000 scholarship award to a law student who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or demonstrates the commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.  The deadline to apply is May 31, 2015.

Application information can be found online, click here.

Writing Competitions

2015 Anne Wall Brand Protection Student Writing Competition

Deadline: March 30, 2015
Amount: $1000

Any second or third-year JD or joint JD/MBA student is eligible to write an article about “sports brand protection” to be submitted for consideration for the Anne Wall Brand Protection Award (a certificate and a $1000 cash prize). Articles must be submitted by March 30, 2015. Please see the website for details.

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Writing Competition

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Amount: $1000

The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees is offering its annual student writing completion for 2015. Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. The author of the first-place essay will receive $1000. Entries must be received by April 30, 2015. Please see the Official Rules for all guidelines and submission instructions.

2015 IADC Legal Writing Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2015
Amount: Various

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.  Prizes include: 1st Place - $2000, 2nd Place - $1000 and 3rd Place - $500.  Full contest rules, guidelines and entry form can be found online at - IADC 2015 Legal Writing Contest. Deadline to submit is Friday, May 15, 2015.

2014-2015 State Bar of Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Memorial Writing Competition

Deadline: May 30, 2015
Amount: $1000

Judged by the IP Section Board of Directors, the best student article will receive an award of $1,000 in cash, and $500 for second place.  The competition is open to all J.D. candidates at Marquette University and UW-Madison. 

The subject matter of the articles may relate to any branch of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets. The judges will evaluate each submission on several criteria, including complexity and difficulty of topic, depth and quality of analysis, relevance and timeliness of topic and organization and clarity of writing style.

Submissions should be typewritten and double-spaced (except for footnotes, which may be single-spaced). The font size shall be 12 point or greater; all margins shall be at least one inch. All entries must include a separate page containing the author's name, address, home phone, and law school. No such personal information shall appear on the submission itself. In preparing submissions, authors should consult and follow the style presented in A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.). The maximum permitted length of an article is 7,500 words.
The submission deadline is May 30, 2015.  Please direct inquiries and submissions to Ms. Stephanie Adamany.


Deadline: June 29, 2015
Amount: Various

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce its 2015 Law Student Writing Competition. Through this competition we endeavor to encourage and recognize scholarship in cultural heritage law by recognizing law students for superior papers in the field. The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. LCCHP may also award a Second Place prize of $500, at its discretion, if it determines that such a prize is appropriate. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 29, 2015.  Please see the Official Rules for all guidelines and submission instructions.

2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Deadline: July 1, 2015
Amount: Various

Named for the late 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 (viewable at

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers. 
Deadline for submitting papers:  9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2015.

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2015
Amount: $5,000

This writing competition is designed to encourage excellent scholarship that promotes the ideals within the legal system. Those who are interested are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 - 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. Also, the prize will be presented to the author at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2015.  

For complete rules and detailed application instructions visit -