Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Student Writing Competitions

Legal writing competitions offer a variety of rewards beyond the opportunity to practice writing, analysis, and research skills. Most competitions award significant cash prizes and some provide opportunities for travel and publication. In addition to the School of Law’s Edwards Prize[link], many outside organizations sponsor writing competitions.

The Judge William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award

This competition is open only to UW Law students who have completed at least one year toward a JD or LLM degree. Students may submit a short essay or article on any issue relating to any aspect of the American jury system. This competition is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, the competition honors Judge William L. Dwyer, one of the nation's most respected federal judges.

Learn more about the Judge William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award


Competitions for UW Law Students

The School of Law’s Office of Admissions maintains a database of scholarships, awards and legal writing competitions open to law students. You can access this sortable list through Financial Aid; relevant competitions are marked in the "writing" column.

Legal Writing Competitions


Additional Resources

Other schools and organizations also maintain lists of competitions. If you’re looking to broaden your search for writing competitions, these resources may be helpful: